As far as the “top tier” TI Providers are concerned, I was impressed on many levels. Ryan P. of Import Genius spoke with the zeal and fire of a true believer. I resonated very much with him – his passion and vision. I really “dig” his visual mapping tool that lets you dynamically interact with the international supply chain – foreign suppliers and their corresponding U.S. importers. I also like the pragmatic approach they avow having come from being importers themselves. However, no degree of enthusiasm, cool tools and professional background can make up for the lack of rigorous normalization and data enhancements that are required in this marketplace to differentiate you as a Trade Intelligence Provider. I believe if they had an ample infusion of capital, they would account for that shortcoming post-haste as well as zip past many of their competitors.
Zepol (Paul R.) as I have reported, has a kick ass search engine that can wheedle your desired data out of 100,000,000 million manifest records and deliver it to you with lightning speed. It is truly amazing. Their User Interface is elegant and well-engineered. I love and appreciate the simple, straightforward logic inherent within its design and function. Kudos to them for expanding beyond simply offering U.S. Customs data and weighing in on the statistical side by offering Census data (tracking U.S. imports and exports on a monthly basis). Sound business folks to be sure. They’ve been around a good while now, coming on the scene over 6 years ago and being the first competitor to PIERS. However, akin to Import Genius, speed, a well-engineered U.I. and sound business thinking ultimately won’t be enough to stand-up against the onslaught of bottom fishing competitors that are rampantly propagating across the planet. It’ll take more.
Datamyne, with roots in Latin America, along with their handfuls of other transactional databases certainly has a competitive advantage in that regard. Their new U.I. is definitively the most robust – analytically speaking. Their management and customer service is purported to be superior. Lisa W. continues to make data/technological advancements moving in the right direction to connecting the dots (U.S. Customs data with other databases). Referential Company Data obtained from reputable venders such as D&B /Hoovers is essential to normalize /standardize the many iterations found within the U.S. Importer & Foreign Supplier Name /Address fields. Attribution of product codes is also an essential value added. Datamyne has begun applying both essential processes and, in those regards, is way ahead of most of their competitors, but at this point still has a considerable distance to travel to perfect and maximize the underlying U.S. Customs data.