24 posts tagged China sourcing

Timing Before and After the Chinese New Year

Whenever you're negotiating prices and planning summer orders, timing is something to watch out of the corner of your eye when doing it around Chinese New Year.
This time of year, post Christmas holiday and prior to the Chinese New Year holiday, morphs into a giant blob. For some importers, it can be an inefficient and frustrating time. Here are some reminders on timing during this time period and what to look out for.  This applies to both before and after the Chinese Holiday....

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More Considerations on Importing Promo Products

Considerations for Sourcing Promo Products from Chinese Vendors
The majority of promo product orders are smaller runs (200 pens, 500 ball caps, etc). These are purchased from onshore stock or local factories. China or offshore manufacturing comes into play with extensive customization and increased quantities. Once buyers go offshore, they realize their expectations and demands aren't necessarily upheld or even understood by the vendors. Let's talk the change of mindset that's necessary for sourcing promo products offshore.  ...

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Obstacles in Importing Promotional Products from China

Importing promotional products from China, because of the wide range, has a set of its own unique obstacles.
Importing promotional products is a hot topic for companies in that 20 billion dollar industry. From the end brand to distributor to importer, businesses in the supply chain require customization and cost savings. For Western-based companies starting to buy offshore; here's a picture of some of the initial obstacles you may face. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Discrepancies in Product Inquiries & Communication

If the buyer is not using precision in their communication to their vendors, there will be discrepancies in their product inquiries.
When sending in your own product inquiries, have a sharp eye out for discrepancies. Discrepancies commonly lurk inside of the communication and info from BOTH buyer and supplier....

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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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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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