24 posts tagged China sourcing

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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Advice on Sending Specs to Suppliers in China

Properly sending specs to suppliers in China includes precision, evidence, attachments and discussion
Sending specs to suppliers in China via digital medium, ie email and documents, is the focus of this post. Consider if you walked by your supplier's desk and you had a stack of unorganized, messy documents. Would you think about carelessly tossing the documents in a untidy heap onto the supplier's desk and before the supplier is able to voice a response you say, "quote me asap" and scurry off, expecting the quote to come back to you in a precise way? Of course not, right? You wouldn't do this in person. So why when sending specs to suppliers in China, do importers do the exact same scenario...but over email? ...

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5 Ways to Introduce Yourself to Establish New Supplier Relationships

5 Ways to Establish New Relationships in China Sourcing
Too often, when attempting to gather quotes and establish new supplier relationships, potential customers just flip an email through cyberspace without establishing any real connection. In China sourcing, do not take for granted that your supplier knows your company and is eager to work on your behalf. Just like you are "feeling out" your supplier, suppliers also "feel out" their customers....

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10 Safe Assumptions in China Sourcing

I usually recommend against assumptions in China sourcing...but here are 10 safe ones.
Here are 10 safe assumptions to make during your China manufacturing and sourcing projects. These assumptions help you stay on top of surprises, avoid pitfalls and keep a piece of your sanity....

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Before Mass Production Starts

If you're manufacturing offshore, specifically China, here are some steps to take right before mass production starts. Taking or not taking these steps could very well determine the success of your order. During that time, as a distributor or an importer, when you're "waiting" on something from your client (could be a payment, a sign-off, a change in spec), that time period before mass production starts should be an active critical period with the factory, not a period of "waiting" and doing nothing....

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Inexperience in China Buying

China buying and sourcing is advantageous...obviously in 2016...but there's pitfalls to avoid.
Tell-tale signs a buyer is inexperienced in dealing with China buying and manufacturing....

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Logic & Common Sense in China Manufacturing

China manufacturing, like any other endeavor requires logic and common sense.
Logic and common sense:  too often the overseas buyer throws these two jewels out the window in China manufacturing....

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Back to the Basics: Payment & Chinese Manufacturing

At the old house, I had a few posts from the "Back to the Basics" series.  Basic info-type posts;  for some it could be new, for grizzled importers, helpful reminders  Here is the newest addition to the series;  Payment and Chinese manufacturing. Does your payment or payment-method (or haphazard payment style) affect your Chinese manufacturing?...

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Quoting Promotional Products from China Suppliers

For promotional product sourcing from China suppliers;  here is a list of check points to watch  during the quoting process....

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Finding a Factory

For promotional product distributors, finding a factory, may not always be what you want.
Importers in the promotional product industry directly dealing with China, say how they are "interested in finding a factory."  In the fast-quoting, rapid-fire world of promos and ad specialty items, are you sure this is your best bet?...

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