Sorting Out Mass Production Errors

Mass production errors don't only happen to other people. If the winds of Providence blow your way, how will you handle?
Having to sort out mass production errors is not a place any buyer wants to find themselves. But the cold fact, is that it happens. It's better to be prepared and have some concepts in place on how to handle instead of acting like "it won't happen to me."...

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Responsibility and Mass Production Mistakes

Solving production mistakes in a solution-oriented manner are signs of a solid vendor.
Production mistakes cut a project to the quick. Not only is the actual product now "not right" but there's other aspects to sort out. Handling it all cross-culturally and from abroad makes it all the more touchy....

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Quantity, Quantity Scales and MOQ

Be precise as possible in your communication with your Chinese vendor. Even when it comes to order quantity in your RFQ
Here are some refreshers on your quantity request when sending in inquiries to vendors in China sourcing. Your initial inquiry sets the stage for supplier buyer interaction. The quantity request portion of your inquiry is a vital part of that inquiry. This may not be the most exciting post...come to think of it, none of my posts are that exciting. ...

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Better Time Management Tips in China Sourcing

Your time management is connected to your results. Poor managment, poor results, simple, eh?
Your time management has a bearing on your product quality and order success. In China sourcing, like many things in life, there aren't many disconnected threads taking place in isolation. Most concepts are interwind and interrelated. Time management is no exception....

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Changes During the Sampling Phase

Sampling process will have changes. Is the product the only thing that changes?
During the sampling phase, chances are that you'll go through a series of tweaks and changes before you nail down a product to confirm for mass production. These changes, albeit needed, also bring about another wave of phenomena in your China project management that you want to be on guard for....

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China Supplier Communication: Question & Answer Tips

Asking your China supplier the right question and interpreting the answer is a critical part of successful China sourcing.
When communicating with Chinese vendors, there's a better way to handle question and answer process than if you were talking to someone within your own company or own country. I recommend it to be more deliberate purposeful and record what has been said....

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Asking Questions in Product Development & Sourcing

In product development and China sourcing, asking questions is not only the suppliers' responsibility
Asking your supplier appropriate questions sets the stage for the project. A lack of formulating purposeful questions leads to irritating and perhaps costly surprises. Prior to approaching a supplier to start a new project, roll up your sleeves, hash out a game plan and determine key questions....

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Quoting a Product: When Specs are For Reference or Confirmed

Quoting a product concept is a process, not a 1-time clean hit without any messiness.
You've sent the supplier a concept for your product and now they're quoting a concept. The range of effort goes from half-hearted quoting to quoting to the best of their ability, but either way, the supplier's quoting a CONCEPT....

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Another Batch of Possible Changes During the China Sourcing Process

Life is full of ups and downs. Things change...especially during the China sourcing process.
The China sourcing process, whether quoting an existing stock item or developing something from scratch, is more than pulling a lever on a machine. Because the human element is involved, from RFQ to delivery, something is very likely to get off course....

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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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