Each TI provider approaches the market a little differently. In the case of Import Genius, they have one all purpose interface which can be applied to several business purposes, as stated on their website:
- Evaluate Suppliers. If you’re importing from overseas, we’ll help you find high quality suppliers. Our shipping records reveal customers, product lines, and exporting volumes for factories around the world. View Demo.
- Monitor Competitors. Would you like to know where your competitors source their products? Our data reveals suppliers, product volumes, and industry trends for U.S. importers and distribution companies. View Demo.
- Find Sales Prospects. If you sell products or services to U.S. importers, our data lets you qualify prospects based on their shipping histories. View Demo.
- Research Markets. If your livelihood depends on having the most accurate and up-to-date economic data, you need our business intelligence. (No specific Demo.)
Although not specifically called an application on their website, they have produced an interesting video on how U.S. Customs data can be used to analyze publicly traded companies. In addition, they provide videos illustrating three actual business cases where Import Genius was utilized by Apple, 3M and Travertine Imports.
Two other items of interest: First of all, their website can be viewed either in English OR Chinese. Kudos! They have an affiliate office in Shanghai. Way to be culturally savvy and strategic! Secondly, their headquarters is officially based in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Great idea for corporate retreats!
Import Genius is very reasonably priced. They have three pricing options: $99, $199 and $399 per month, allowing 40, 80 and 300 daily searches on datasets of 45 days, 1 year or multi-year (all records since 2006). No visual mapping is provided for the $99 plan.