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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Guiding Your China Supplier’s Focus

Your China supplier's focus has a default routine mold. If you have key spotlight points, your jobs as the importer is to shift their focus.
In China sourcing, proper project and order control is more than sending batch information to your supplier and expecting them to figure it all out. They may figure out something entirely different than you intended. This is where, YOU, guiding your China supplier's focus comes in to play....

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Reasons for China Sourcing Communication Headaches

Headaches will always exist with China sourcing communication. Know why they happen. Increase knowledge, increase patience.
The communication is a big part of the awkward unknowns that accompany China sourcing. The communication with your supplier can keep a sense that "something's off" and you maintain a bewilderment concerning both parties being on the same page. ...

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Consistent Time Management and Your China Orders

China orders seem to have better success when their is a consistent time management from the buyer in moving the project along from phase to phase.
China orders and sourcing projects seem to have less problems when there's consistent time management from the buyers' side. A project that has a good rhythm, without a longer downtime, turns into a manufacturing order that's more likely to succeed. ...

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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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