Hula Global

Hula Global vs Zilingo

Is Hula Global better supplier or Zilingo? Here’s our in-depth comparison of the two platforms to show you the differences and help you decide.

Zilingo was in the middle of intense corporate turmoil and finally the company liquidated and closed its operations in Feb 2023.

This guide for comparison is for those who may have worked or know about Zilingo and to get them a comparitive benchmark of Zilingo with Hula Global

Is Hula Global better supplier or Zilingo? Here’s our in-depth comparison of the two platforms to show you the differences and help you decide.

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Overview

When you’re looking for a strong and dependable supply chain partner for your fashion brand, Hula Global and Zilingo are two of the best options in the market.

But how do they differ from one another? And how do they compare in critical areas such as quality and timelines?

To make your decision easier, here’s our in-depth comparison of Zilingo vs. Hula Global to help you weigh up your options and decide which supply chain platform is the best fit for you.

About Hula Global

Hula Global is an apparel supply chain company that operates a network of apparel manufacturing factories in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Hula Global’s core focus is new product development and production for fashion & lifestyle products.

About Zilingo

Zilingo is tech enabled manufacturing platform for making fashion sourcing easy for Fashion Brands. Using it’s platform, brands can search, connect and manage their production.

An Overview of Hula Global’s supply chain services

Hula Global manages end-to-end sourcing, logistics and delivery of your fashion merchandise. From finding verified vendors who can actually deliver quality products on time to ensure the production dispatch hit the timelines – Hula Global’s sourcing team does all the activities end-to-end.

Hula Global’s sourcing team works as an extension of your team to execute your production orders from sourcing countries where you cannot have foot on the ground.

Hula Global’s logistics team ensure that you have a hassle delivery of your merchandise at your doorstep without running pillar to post to custom clear the goods and ensure dispatch dates of vessels are met.

Zilingo is a tech platform based on a marketplace model where you can pick and choose a supplier of your choice and work directly with the supplier.

Once you choose the supplier, you are on your own. For large enterprise accounts they tend to provide an account manager but even then, your dependence on the end factory is very much there

Hula Global on the other hand is a closed-ended platform where you don’t get the details of the factory until the PO is finally generated and in almost all cases, Hula Global is the supplier for your brand.

Hula Global is your SPOC – Single Point of Contact – irrespective of whether you are a small brand or an enterprise customer – you don’t have to chase suppliers and run pillar to post to get you shipments on time.

Slowly and steadily Zilingo has been transitioning to Hula Global’s operating model lately.

Hula Global’s founder has over a decade long experience in Fashion & Apparel industry and over this long-sustained period of time, the suppliers built a strong relationship with the company. This is important for industry that has time-bound operational metrics and the vintage of working relationship triumphs in times of uncertainty.

Zilingo on the other has been in existence since 2020 and the founders don’t come from apparel background. As a result, the trust from established vendors is very limited.

Since Zilingo is a sourcing platform with no history– this means that any supplier can pay the fees and get listed. Only Basic documentation due diligence is done before getting listed on Zilingo. Moreover, due to limited history of its existence, well known large suppliers remain outside its ecosystem.

Hula Global on the other hand maintains a very strong, tight knit community of vendors. The average waiting period of a supplier is 78 days from the date of application and a supplier has to clear of 128 points of validation including site visit by Hula Global’s team, before being formally inducted into Hula Global’s supplier ecosystem.

On Zilingo, you might have to do vendor management on your own. Find relevant suppliers, talk to them, evaluate each supplier based on their capabilities, complete the product development and execute the order by working closely with your chosen supplier.

Hula Global on the other hand does the entire vendor management for YOU.

Hula Global has very strong quality parameters and a very large on-ground quality team to ensure those quality standards are maintained by the partner factories at every stage of the production.

Zilingo on the other hand maintains a small quality team on-ground which means that you would have to depend on factories word of mouth on agreed quality or arrange third party inspection on your own.

Hula Global’s partner factories adhere to Hula Global Standard Code of Conduct. It doesn’t matter whether your brand is a startup brand or a large big box retailer – the code of conduct remains the same in terms of accountability.

Zilingo on the other hand is based on marketplace model. Each factory has its own operating procedure and due to open-ended nature of Zilingo platform, it is impossible to make vendors accountable to a certain code of conduct.

Zilingo doesn’t have a standard pricing structure mentioned publicly. It works on case-by-case basis which sometimes could cause lot of confusion and can be sometimes changed at a later date.

Hula Global offers pricing in 3 tiers:

  1. New Product development costs: $150/ Style with a minimum of 10 Styles 
  2. Merchandise Cost: Unit price basis based on which PO’s are issued – usually priced as FOB: As a brand, you are provided with a detailed breakdown of all the costs involved.
  3. Door-to-door Pricing: This is also known as DDP (Duty and Delivery Paid) and it includes product price + shipping + Duties: This pricing done for orders with at least 30 CBM (corresponding to one 20 FT container)

Logistics support is included in the production order. Hula Global has an in-house logistics team and can price your door-to-door cost instead of FOB pricing. This would include product cost + shipping + duties (DDP): There are separate MOQ eligibility for these orders.

Zilingo on the other hand, if you choose, then you would have to depend on the logistically ability of your chosen factory or you might have to arrange on your own.

Zilingo may not have any MOQs but the vendors on its platform might have. 

Hula Global on the other hand works with a certain specific MOQ for production as well for DDP pricing.

This is the fine print – Zilingo is just a platform and will not be liable or accountable for the quality of the products you received. At best, if there is any dispute, Zilingo can ban the supplier in extreme cases.

Hula Global on the other hand is your supplier. All product quality warranties and liabilities are assumed by Hula Global.  By working with Hula Global, you can be assured that there won’t be any last-minute surprise

Conclusion –

When you should Choose Zilingo

The positive aspect of using Zilingo in such a case is when you want to coordinate directly with the factory and supplier. Ideally you are in a DIY mode and you can afford time to learn, make mistakes, course correct -basically learn by trial and error. Perhaps there is reason why it no longer exists.

When you should choose Hula Global:

The negative aspect of Zilingo is that the suppliers might not always respond in time or work according to your expectations and since Zilingo is just a “platform”, you are left at the mercy of such suppliers. If you are in time bound situation and product quality is what matters the most, then you should definitely choose Hula Global over Zilingo.

Think of this comparison in similar manner as Android vs. iOS: iOS is a tightly enclosed platform and it is very difficult for developers to get in, publish and monetize apps. Moreover, Apple is the Device provider on which these apps should run and these apps should accept Apple’s standard terms & conditions.