||This article needs to be updated. (June 2015)|
|Industry||E-commerce, Publishing, Trade shows|
|Headquarters||Hong Kong, SAR, China|
|Merle A. Hinrichs, Co-founder and Executive chairman, Spenser Au, CEO.|
|Revenue||US$231.7 million (31 December 2012)|
Global Sources (Chinese: 环球资源) (NASDAQ: GSOL) is a Hong-Kong based business-to-business (B2B) media company. It facilitates trade from Greater China to the world, using a wide range of English-language media and facilitates trade from the world to Greater China, using Chinese-language media. The company provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. In addition, Global Sources verifies the quality of the manufacturer.
The company was founded in November 1970 by Merle A. Hinrichs and C. Joseph Bendy as Trade Media Ltd., its first publication, Asian Sources magazine, was launched three months later. At September 1974, the company's first spin-off publication – Asian Sources Electronics appeared. More industry-specific titles were subsequently added.
In 1996, Global Sources launched the industry's firstBusiness-to-Business website,Asian Sources Online and its monthly CD-ROW. Both were designed to supplement and complement the company's trade publications.
The company launched its China Sourcing Fairs in 2003.
Today, more than 1 million international buyers, including 95 of the world's top 100 retailers, use Global Sources services to obtain product and company information to help them source profitably from overseas supply markets. These services include
- China Sourcing Fairs that bring international buyers face-to-face with quality suppliers. Specialized shows take place in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Miami, Johannesburg and São Paulo.
- Online Trade Shows are launched in 2011 where buyers can access profiles of each exhibitor's featured products, images of the booths, and videos on companies, products and conference sessions.
- Private sourcing events create opportunities for pre-selected suppliers to meet privately with buyers representing retail chains.
- Global Sources online marketplaces (GlobalSources.com) allow buyers to contact manufacturers directly for inquiries and purchases
- Global Sources Magazines feature thousands of informative supplier advertisements. Each of the 19 industry titles provides reports on new products and trends in sourcing. Print, digital and mobile app editions are available.
- China Sourcing Reports provide market intelligence. Each report contains an industry overview, supplier profiles, photo gallery of top-selling products and other market information.
Global Sources, is listed on the NASDAQ exchange (Symbol: GSOL). For the year ended 31 December 2011, revenue was US$225.1 million. For the year ended 31 December 2012, revenue was $231.7 million.
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