20 posts tagged China manufacturing

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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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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Questions on Samples for Your Supplier

Samples...you gotta have them to order but the supplier isn't always willing to rightly provide. China sourcing conundrum indeed.
Samples. You feel good about the quoting process and are ready to move to the next stage. Here is a list of "sample questions" to ask your supplier when you get to this phase....

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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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Dangers of Low Quantity Orders in China Manufacturing

Low quantity orders may be good for you, but it's not necessarily a thrill to the factory. There are dangers involved.
This post spotlights 5 dangers that come with low quantity orders in China manufacturing. Low quantity requests, especially for the Promotional Product Industry and in smaller, retail gift merchandise, are sorta, "nature of the beast". ...

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Before You Start the Project; 6 Questions to Ask in China Sourcing

Fundamental questions to ask in China sourcing that can determine your order's success.
Before you start the project, here are 6 questions to ask in China sourcing. Without covering your bases, the project could be problematic or dead out the gate. ...

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8 Red Flags Your RFQ Tells Supplier to “Work for Free”

Sending a quote request that does not value your supplier's time, hurts supplier motivation.
Supplier motivation is invaluable in China importing. When sending the RFQ, here are 8 flags importers and buyers frequently wave that tell the supplier to "work for free", thus quenching the fire of the supplier motivation....

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Free Resource: 40 Random Tips for Emailing China Suppliers

Improve your emails to your factories in China
An importer's communication with their vendor sets the course of the project. This starts in the initial phases of the project. If the communication is shaky, the project is being built on shaky ground. ...

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Reasons for Delays in China Manufacturing

Power outages, factory fires, 3rd party vendor strife and factories bumping your order for a bigger fish.

In the topsy turvy world of China manufacturing, these are all possible reasons for delays....

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Office in China? Yeah Right…

Since I've been working in and with China, from 2001 until now, I've noticed companies in my line of work say on their websites that they have either an office or offices in China. My response to that is "yeah right..." ...

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8 Phrases to Eliminate in Your China Sourcing

8 Phrases to Eliminate in Your China Sourcing...because the goal is good quality and a smooth order, right?
Certain phrases plague the importer. These phrases may be typed in an email and frustratedly emailed to your vendor. These phrases could be muttered around the office. Or they simply could be floating around in your head. Typically these phrases are geared towards the vendor. Regardless of how these phrases haunt your thinking or actions, it is my recommendation to get rid of 'em....

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Tighten Up Quote Requests

Email, communicate and quote efficiently from China vendor
With initial quote requests you send your vendor in China, you set the course for success or for a path of inefficiency. Here are a few ideas to tighten up quote requests in China sourcing. ...

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Suppliers Ignoring the Seemingly Obvious

Did the supplier not consider that when they gave you that update it was going to lead you to ask more questions? Did the supplier not think that whenever they emailed that blurry, crooked photo of your order that it was actually going to create a larger feeling of uneasiness and add to your concerns?...

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