10 posts tagged culture

China Suppliers Typically Aren’t Experts or Aficionados

Just because they manufacture bags or glassware, doesn't mean they're market, style or even functionality experts.
You're bringing in a container of homeware that perfectly accents a living room and makes a life statement for any customer who can afford your brand. To your offshore supplier, it's simply stuff. It's stuff they make, it what feeds their factory and it's how they make their living. If they're not making this, they would make something else. Should knowing this affect how you handle your offshore orders? ...

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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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Supplier Communication: Why Did My China Supplier Say That?

For retail buyers and promotional product importers supplier communication is of utmost importance
Suppliers have a knack of communicating that will leave you scratching your head. Their puzzling answers can leave you in a cold sweat while you consider buying a plane ticket to China to figure things out... The easy answer as to why the supplier communication is the way it is, is because of the language barrier. I believe that it's a bit more complicated than that. Understanding the reasons behind the kooky answers can, hopefully give you more insight into the world of China sourcing and importing....

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8 Chinese New Year Resolutions

If you frequently source and import from China, here are 8 Chinese New Year Resolutions to consider. In the spirit of the season......

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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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Mr. Chen Said…

Communication reflects effort. Passing off via communication does not well-reflect effort.
Are you a verbal facilitator? In other words are you someone who masks your inability by always quoting what others have said? Or do you have original thoughts and add value to your conversations, your projects and take ownership?...

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Expectations: Importing from China

It's important to keep things in perspective and not lose sight of goals. When importing from China, keep your expectations manageable and manage your expectations. Managing expectations leads to a greater confidence and control of your projects....

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40 Days & Nights – Final Days Living in China

Before leaving China on Dec 31st, last year, I spent over 40 days getting a dose of China country living. My family and I were living in the 2nd-tier city, Suzhou and our lease was expiring mid-November.  We were waiting for my wife's USA immigrant visa from the Guangzhou Embassy.  Our calculations and best laid plans told us that her passport with visa intact would be in hand by the first or second week of December.  Being in Carolina for Christmas was going to be a piece of cake... ...it ended up being my  10th Christmas in China. ...

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Roots

Since 2001, I always lived in 2nd-tier cities….Although not the Beijing's or Shanghai's or Guangzhou's, still very large cities in China. Still humungous and I don't think I ever lived in a place with less than 7 million people....

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A New Beginning

expat life in China to the Carolinas
It’s been about 2 months since I’ve written anything and my, oh my, how things change in 2 months….. For 10 years I woke up in China, went to sleep in China. I finally exited. ...

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