Changing a Spec in your China Project? What Else Changes?

Changing 1 spec in a China project, leads to other spec changes...find out what change leads to what change.
In a China project, if you change 1 spec during the inquiry and sampling phase, is it a safe assumption that the factory will alert you on the ramifications of the change?...

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Signs That Mass Production May Not Go Well

A bad start to your China sourcing project, generally leads to issues in mass production.
Before mass production starts, there may be some telling signs that the project is not going to go very well. ...

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7 Soft Skills Needed for Sourcing China Suppliers

Sourcing new suppliers doesn't have to be a dread. With these soft skills, you'll have every necessary tool for your tool belt.
In sourcing China suppliers, every importer should make use of these tools. No, I'm not talking Black & Decker but soft skills needed for better supplier sourcing and navigation. ...

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Being Mindful of Supplier Communication Discrepancies

Avoid supplier communication discrepancies. If you expect precision in mass production, strive or precision in communication.
Be alert for discrepancies in supplier communication. It's not because you want to play a "gotcha game" and be picky over wording but because catching discrepancies in supplier communication will catch discrepancies in their actions. Discrepancies in their actions bleed over into final product quality and delivery....

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Not Great China Order Control…

Proper China order control is seeing yourself in the factory, even when you are not there.
China order control is more than flinging an open-ended question to your supplier. Emailing specs or documents to your suppliers and ending the email with "let me know if you have any questions", is not ideal order control. ...

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Suppliers and Client Emails

For both buyers and suppliers, patience and precision are the remedy for the consistent misunderstandings in China Sourcing communication.
In the world of China manufacturing, friction with suppliers and grasping client emails never goes away. Is it that suppliers don't read emails, suppliers read and don't understand the emails or clients do a shabby job of composing emails? I say it's all 3......

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Further Snippets on Making Samples

Making samples is a stop gap before production to not only see your item, but to catch embedded production errors.
Making samples is sort of like the last frontier to stamp out supplier miscommunication and quality problems that can arise in mass production. During this critical phase, be attentive. Attentiveness during sampling avoids disasters that can spring up too far down the line to catch. ...

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A Supplier’s View on Sampling

Sampling is something the supplier has to do, not necessarily wants to do or understands the reason to do.
Sampling is a necessary evil. This is about the most positive view you may detect from your China supplier when it comes to the sampling phase. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the supplier begrudgingly undertakes the process and the entire thing is painful....

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More Practicality When Reviewing Supplier Price Quotes

When errors in suppliers' price quotes go unnoticed, at best you can expect time loss or annoying, surprise price increases. At worst the hidden errors lead to massive mass production headaches.
Price quotes from China require the buyer (if they want to avoid error) to sit down, think about the project, consider what MAY go wrong and formulate questions and scenarios in their minds. This is Part III to the other posts on tackling China supplier quotes and here we go with more glorious practicality....

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A Practical Step in Analyzing Quotations

A practical way to carefully go through quotations from Chinese suppliers.
In the unofficial Part I to this post, I discussed the "mindset in reviewing China price quotes." Now, let's pinpoint a practical step in going over your quotations from offshore suppliers....

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Pithy Year-End China Importing Reminders

China importing tips and reminders as we ring in 2016.
As 2016 is right around the corner, here are some year-end China importing reminders. Keep these tips at the forefront of your thinking during your sourcing and manufacturing endeavors....

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Order Detail your China Supplier May Not Know…But Should

The devil is in the order detail. Provide info to your Chinese supplier in a useful, systemized way.
Importers unintentionally withhold key order detail, from their supplier in China. This order detail would add to the possibility of success. Perhaps importers think their supplier should already know these things or that if the supplier needed to know, they should ask. But the fact is, suppliers proceed in the dark and fill in some of their own blanks. Here is rundown of some order detail on which, you may want to consider updating your supplier....

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Mindset in Reviewing China Price Quotes

China Price Quotes Require Scrutiny
Analyze. Dissect. Scrutinize As a buyer, these words should come to mind whenever you think of China price quotes. When reviewing price quotes from your China vendor, having the proper mindset will be a key factor in successfully handling the quoting phase of the project. ...

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6 Ways to Make Low Quantity Orders Smoother

Low quantity orders can be problematic if not disasterous. Here are 6 ways for low quantity orders to be smoother when it comes to factory in, factory out.
In continuation to my last post, spotlighting the dangers of low quantity orders in China manufacturing; here is the silver lining, the more solution-oriented side of things. 6 ways to better navigate lower quantity runs. ...

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