The active in-market buyers on our platform provide a vast amount of information every day. This real-time behavioral data allows us to identify trends in sourcing as they are happening.
Here is a quick overview of the topics we’ve covered:
July 7, 2017 – Reported a surge in “Steel” sourcing likely due to the fear of potential import rule changes and tariffs by the Trump administration. This was also very likely powered by Kobe Steel admitting to existing customers that they had falsified material data prior to this information becoming public.
July 26, 2017 – Recognized a strong and consistent increase in the sourcing for “Printed Circuit Boards” driven by both a scarcity of copper foil and the increased production of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles.
August 10, 2017 – Tracked an increase in sourcing for “Private Labeling” that reflected a push of large brands adopting this approach.