Global Sources Magazines
Sample cover for Global Sources Electronics
|First issue||September 1974|
Global Sources Magazines are a series of trade magazines designed for businesses importing from China and Asia. There are 19 specialized industry-specific titles published by the business-to-business media company Global Sources (NASDAQ-GS: GSOL). All except two titles are published monthly.
Global Sources offers four core services to buyers to facilitate trade – online marketplaces, print and digital magazines, sourcing research reports, and trade shows (China Sourcing Fairs).
The magazine series originated from the export trade magazine Asian Sources, which was first published in 1971 by Trade Media Ltd in Hong Kong. It presented facts, analyzed developments, and anticipated market trends for its readers. The magazine also featured advertisements of suppliers of Asian-made products.
As trade trends evolved, the editors decided to publish separate titles based on major trade products, starting with Asian Sources Electronics in 1974. Other industry-specific titles were introduced over the years, such as Asian Sources Timepieces, Asian Sources Electronic Components and Asian Sources Computer Products. These magazines provided international market trends and verified business contacts from China and Asia to buyers from Western markets.
The company launched the print magazines on CD-ROMs in 1996 and went online in 2008 with digital versions of the print magazines.
As the company’s customer base and span of business expanded globally, a new corporate identity was established in 1998 to reflect this. “Asian Sources” became “Global Sources” and all its publications now carry the new name.
Global Sources Magazines has 19 titles, each focusing on a major export industry.
Each issue contains reports on trade news and market trends of the focus industry. The editorial policy advocates objective reporting of export and industry trends in China and Asia.
The magazines also feature detailed profiles of the latest products, along with specifications and photos. All advertisers and featured companies are “verified suppliers” – which indicates that Global Sources has visited or called them and confirmed their business details.
Readers can contact suppliers directly through advertisements and product/advertiser indexes. Advertisements in magazines are bound by strict advertising standards, and are mostly advised & produced by an in-house creative agency, thus maintaining a level of professionalism.
There are 19 completely distinct titles of Global Sources Magazines, each focused on a major export industry, and worked on by a different editorial and research team. Listed below are the different editions, accompanied by the product lines they cover.
Auto Parts & Accessories: Auto safety & security automotive equipment, vehicle accessories, vehicle parts, vehicles 
Baby & Children's Products: Apparel, bedding & furniture, footwear, school supplies, toy 
Computer Products: Communications and networking, computer peripherals, computer subsystems, computer parts & services, internet communications
Electronic Components: Active components, batteries & power supplies, electromechanical components, interconnects, LEDs & optoelectronics
Electronics: Audio equipment, car electronics, personal/office electronics, photography equipment video equipment
Fashion Accessories: Bags & cases, beauty products & cosmetics, jewelry, men's & women's apparel, watches & accessories
Garments & Textiles: Fabri, fiber & yarn, garment display supplies, textile packaging & printing, textile supplies & services, underwear & swimwear 
Gifts & Premiums: Games & hobbies, gift packaging, gifts & novelties, promotional gifts, stationery 
Hardware & DIY: Building supplies, general hardware, lawn & garden, sanitary ware & plumbing, tools & accessories
Home Products: BBQ supplies, furniture & furnishings, health & wellness, kitchen appliances, personal care 
India Products: India-made products including bags & cases, beauty products & cosmetics, jewelry, men's & women's apparel, watches & accessories
Korea Products: Korea-made products including car electronics, computer parts & service, computer subsystems, security cameras, surveillance products
Machinery & Industrial Supplies: Industrial machinery, industrial supplies, industry tooling & services, manufacturing equipment, vending machines
Medical & Health Products: Dentistry equipment, emergency products, medical care & supplies, medical equipment, physiotherapy supplies
Mobile & Wireless: Docking station, mobile device accessories, mobile phone, power banks, tablet PCs
Security Products: Access control products, auto safety & security, safety & emergency systems, security cameras, security systems & services 
Solar & Energy Saving Products: Building insulation, LED displays, light bulbs & tubes, solar product, wind & hydropower system
Sports & Leisure: Bikes & skates, camping & leisure, fitness accessories, fitness equipment sporting goods
Telecom Products: Broadcasting equipment, Internet communications, satellite communications, telephones, wireless communications
- The First 40 Years of Global Sources. (PDF). Trade Media Ltd. 2010. pp. 13–14. ISBN 978-988-19234-7-9.
- Creating Successful Global Trade. Trade Media Ltd. 2006, pp. 28-33
- "Global Sources Introduces e-Magazines". Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- "Global Sources Quality Commitment". Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- "Global Sources to Launch New Auto Parts & Accessories Magazine to Support China's Booming Exports of Auto Parts". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "Global Sources Launches Baby & Children's Products Magazine, Website and Trade Show Pavilion to Support China's Multi-Billion Dollar Export Sector". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "Global Sources to Launch Garments & Textiles Magazine and Website". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "New Specialized Websites and Magazines for Gifts, Premiums and Home Products to be Launched for Asia's Exporters, Global Buyers". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "Global Sources Launches Security Products Magazine". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "Global Sources Introduces e-Magazines". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "Global Sources Magazines on Apple App Store". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "Global Sources Magazines on Google Play Store". Retrieved 2013-11-26.