26 posts tagged basics

5 More Important Supplier Reminders

Important supplier reminders save a world of headache. The majority of China projects that take a turn for the worst, if you trace the origin of the problem, it's generally because of a basic point.
Important supplier reminders save a world of headache. The majority of China projects that take a turn for the worst, if you trace the origin of the problem, it's generally because of a basic point. When a buyer exclaims a supplier "should know this" and "it's their job to know that", that's irrelevant once you're faced with manufacturing or timing issues. ...

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5 Basic Things to Remind Your Supplier

Importing from China? Remind your vendor these 5 basic things.
Coming off the Chinese New Year lull, I thought it time for some refreshers on supplier reminders. Here are 5 reminders now and 5 for the next post, to keep in front of your supplier and...not to mention YOUR OWN flow chart and sticky-note bulletin....

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Wire Transfer Payment Terms and China Vendors

Some considerations on standard wire transfer payment terms
Negotiating preferred payment terms with Chinese suppliers is a big concern for buyers. "How much deposit is normal? When to pay the balance? Why won't supplier accept "looser" payment terms? Can't they trust me?" Let's shed some light on this topic....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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