10 posts tagged documentation

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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Supplier Communication: Look For and Give Relevant Detail

Sometimes an offshore project seems like stumbling around in the dark because you and the supplier are talking past each other. Strive for relevant detail.
By focusing on relevant detail  in your supplier communication you avoid time waste, misunderstanding and even incorrect mass production. In offshore manufacturing, nothing is to be taken for granted. Nothing? Nothing. For each phase, consider "what relevant detail needs to be put forward."...

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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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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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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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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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Purchase Orders and the Promotional Product Buyer

When placing an order, it is common for the promotional product buyer to send a Purchase Order to their China vendor. Does your vendor care about the Purchase Order? Do YOU care about the Purchase Order? ...

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Adding Punch to Your Inquiry in the Quoting Process

When quoting directly from China, there are things you can add to your inquiry to motivate the supplier to provide a more accurate and professional quote. Adding punch to your RFQ means a more motivated supplier. A more motivated supplier means less mistakes...and we all know that less mistakes on the front end lead to less possibility of disasters on the back end. ...

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