Efficient Overseas Sourcing: Antidote For Poor Mind Reading

An efficient overseas sourcing approach doesn't rely on assumption but fact-checking your vendor and testing their capabilities.
In your overseas sourcing, you may discover that a large portion of your suppliers suffer from poor mind reading capabilities....

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Reasons Your Quoted Price Changes

Quoted price changes happen for various reasons.
Many times in China sourcing, during the sampling and pre-order steps, the quoted price goes up. Is it supplier blunder, something diabolical or reasonable ebb-and-flow of pricing that client should expect in early stages?...

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Buyer Sourcing Approach: Read My Mind and Do it Right!

The buyer may think, "read my mind and get it right". But not a strong sourcing approach. Roll up sleeves and establish practical game plan.
A large portion of sourcing and product development is tackled from the position of "Read my mind and do it right." Ok, this is not literally said or even thought, but the practical actions of the would-be-buyer reflect this attitude....

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Importer or Team Leader

Importer or team leader is the question you ask yourself when you find your factory not following what you think you requested.
When you source, manufacture and buy from an offshore supplier, are you simply an importer doing a task or will it be more advantageous to view yourself as a team leader? ...

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Offshore Manufacturing Orders: Small Missteps, Bad Results

It's more than clicking the "complete order" button, but it's thorough deliberate control...that what brings success in offshore orders.
The world is smaller and developing countries are opening up more and more. Whether you're a small business or a corporation, everyone can swiftly move import orders via Amazon or whatever solidified channels and outlets. As long as you have a competent supplier, then everything else just sort of falls into place, right? Wrong. ...

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Tips for Sending & Receiving Photos

In offshore manufacturing, sending and receiving photos is not rocket science but it also shouldn't be under estimated.
It may seem like too-broad or even elementary of a topic for importing and sourcing. But missteps and poor interpretation of photos (from both supplier or buyer) have ruined many an order. Here are more considerations on sending and receiving photos in your sourcing endeavors....

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In China Sourcing & Order Control, A Follow-Up Can Be…

The power of the follow up in your China project and order control.
During your China project and order control, systematic contact with your supplier, brings a world of results. Right importing from China (or any developing nation) is proactive and calculates possible scenarios. ...

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Getting Production Photos From Your Supplier

Production photos from your vendor can be elusive beasts.
In China sourcing and manufacturing, has anyone ever had problems getting good production photos from their supplier?  Yeah, me too.... ...

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China Sourcing & Importing Excuses Buyers Make

China sourcing and importing excuses are tempting, but the energy is better spent towards improvements and solutions.
In the spirit of the crying towel, here's a batch of excuses for those in China sourcing and importing. If you find yourself mumbling these curses (and we all do and still do at one time or another), button your lip and think about..."how am I going to fix it next time?" This one's not for the faint of heart......

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China Sourcing Projects: Do You Know the Key Points?

China sourcing projects have key points and the more those key points are spotlighted, the more the supplier understands client expectations.
Are your China sourcing projects successful because the supplier did everything right? What if you have a supplier that misses a key point? You can get to where, in your China sourcing projects, you are able to proactively avoid problems and success not being based on "the supplier doing everything right". ...

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Supplier Response and Needed Guidance

In China sourcing, a supplier response gives assurance, shows efforts and is a quality checkpoint.
A supplier response to a buyer that's waiting for an update, is like a cup of water to a man in a desert....

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The Power of Response in Offshore Manufacturing

A response in offshore manufacturing is more than a formality but a tool.
In offshore manufacturing, we have abundant methods of lightening-fast communication at our fingertips. You would think providing a response in would be a no brainer. Actually the power of response is taken for granted and too-often ignored....

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Stand Out From Other Buyers in Your China Sourcing

A few techniques to stand out from other buyers and gain the supplier's eyes and ears.
You know your supplier has other buyers, right? It's true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. It's also true that you don't have to be the biggest and most important buyer to get favored treatment from a China supplier. ...

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Establishing a Potential China Supplier’s Interest

The existence of the supplier does not determine your China supplier's interest. You may have to put forth effort.
A misconception seems to be that if the supplier is operative, has a website, an Alibaba page, then by default they must be interested in all inquiries. Learning to gauge a potential China supplier's interest will help you save time and headache in your initial RFQ stages....

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