Finding a Reputable Wholesaler
Not all wholesalers are created equal. It is important to research before choosing one. First, you want to gather feedback on the wholesalers you are interested in working with. You want to look for things like how other clients feel about their prices, how they are with shipping and whether or not there are any severely negative remarks about them, such as them not sending items that were ordered or not working to satisfy their customers.
You also want to make sure that the wholesaler has a good reputation with the specific items you will be buying. For example, if you plan to sell baby clothing, does the wholesaler have a good reputation with having quality clothing.
Getting Initial Stock
After you have chosen your wholesaler, it is time to start ordering. Now, since this is a new business, you want to be careful with how much you order. Talk to others with a new business and ask them how they started off with stock. For example, you will likely not need 1,000 baby albums right away. A couple hundred is better and then if these start to sell really well then you can adjust your stock. It is good to start a little smaller and then keep track of what sells best and what does not sell much and then rework your ordering from there.
Keeping Your Business Stocked
Always being out of stock is a quick way to turn off customers. You want to be able to ship orders quickly, or have your store well-stocked. Keep a written record of your sales and restock items before they completely sell out. When you need to reorder will depend on how each item sells, so it is important to keep a detailed record of this.