FishList - Wholesale Seafood for Chefs
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Dave Goldstein contacted me regarding his new website FishList.com and after cruising through the site I decided to give them some props here. Dave is a 5th generation seafood business guy and the concept which he and his business partner Eric Spett have designed looks as if it may succeed where others have failed. The site just went live in April.
FishList.com allows Chefs and seafood providers to network, buy and sell online. Others have tried this in the past and have not been very successful, but Dave Goldstein and Eric Spett have analyzed the mistakes of previous businesses and have launched a more streamlined approach which simply pulls buyers and sellers together and allows them to work out the purchasing details. This eliminates FishList as being another “middle man” and the hassles which go along with too many people involved in the process of product ordering, special requests, product quality, product returns, etc.
FishList.com places an expansive seafood product database right at your fingertips. With so many different options, you'll always be able to find what you're looking for. FishList gives you the power to search for products based on cut, quality, location, or any other criteria you may have. And if it's a great price you're after, you can always go to their "Overstocks & Specials" section to see if you can find the perfect steal.
Finding a new seafood supplier that can fulfill your needs can be tough. And even if you do find one, it's not always easy to make sure it's a supplier you can trust. Unfortunately, this is why many seafood buyers are "stuck" with a small group of suppliers to choose from. FishList.com fixes that problem for good. Not only will you be able to find every supplier that has what you need, but you'll also have all the information necessary to decide whether a supplier is ultimately worthy of your business. You'll have access to in-depth supplier profiles for company bios, distribution areas, location and contact details, and the shipping and storage companies a supplier uses, among other things. If it's trust you're worried about, you can check out a supplier's feedback to see what their customers have had to say.
The best thing about FishList.com is that it allows you to make the most of your time. Stop wasting time searching for seafood and trying to weigh your options. With FishList, you can find tons of suppliers and products in no time. If you see a supplier you like, add them to your favorites for one-click access to their detailed profile and inventory. If you see a product you're interested in, add it to your Watch List– a tool that lets you keep track of and compare all of your options side-by-side. You can even mark off your best options so you can quickly reference them later if you need to.
When you have a FishList account, you'll be able to sit back and let the suppliers come to you. If you're looking for a specific product at a specific price, using their powerful search tools isn't the only way to find it. You can also create a Wanted Ad, which matches you up with potential suppliers and gives them a way to find you. If you need product on short notice, no need to worry. Urgent Requests let FishList suppliers know exactly what you need and when you need it. FishList.com lets suppliers compete for your business, so you never have to settle for anything less than the ideal product at the ideal price.
John Q. is opening his own neighborhood seafood restaurant. He doesn’t have extensive relationships with any seafood suppliers, so by default, he contacts one of the largest seafood suppliers in the U.S. – one of a handful of companies that dominate the seafood industry. By going with one of the large suppliers, John knows that while he may not get the absolute best products and customer service available, he at least knows that the product quality and service will be acceptable. A seafood buyer like John Q. has no consistent and reliable way of finding smaller suppliers who could possibly fulfill his product needs. Furthermore, even if John is able to find one of these small suppliers, he has no means of evaluating that supplier in terms of product quality and customer service. This lack of information and connectedness seriously hurts both John Q. and the small supplier. John is stuck having to deal with the large suppliers and doesn’t have the luxury of “Shopping around” to save some serious cash. Additionally, if the large supplier doesn’t have what John is looking for, John must either pay a premium for the supplier to find it elsewhere, or he must settle for another product, or no product at all.
On the other hand, small seafood suppliers suffer from a perpetual inability to compete with the large suppliers. The business of selling seafood wholesale is characterized by tiny profit margins – often times only a couple percent. These types of margins make it almost impossible for a small supplier to afford the costs of advertising on a mass scale, while the large suppliers don’t think twice. The scarce number if truly valuable resources currently available to the seafood industry are simply too expensive for small suppliers, meaning that the only way to seriously grow your business is if you’re already a large company.
FishList.com eliminates all of these issues along with many others. Using FishList.com, John Q. can locate and compare products from various seafood suppliers, big and small. Furthermore, John can look at a supplier’s feedback, to make sure they are legitimate, and will provide the level of quality and service he is looking for. Seafood suppliers can use FishList.com to make their inventory visible to the entire world. When someone searches for Shrimp, for instance, products offered by small and large suppliers alike will appear side by side. For the first time, seafood buyers can freely choose which product to buy from which supplier based on their own criteria, instead of having to settle for what they can get their hands on, while every supplier has a platform to show how great of a business he or she has.
FishList.com will revolutionize the seafood industry. For the first time, the industry will be fair, competitive, and efficient, giving it and all of its players a real chance to grow and improve.
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