22 posts tagged email Chinese suppliers

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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Stand Out From Other Buyers in Your China Sourcing

A few techniques to stand out from other buyers and gain the supplier's eyes and ears.
You know your supplier has other buyers, right? It's true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. It's also true that you don't have to be the biggest and most important buyer to get favored treatment from a China supplier. ...

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Establishing a Potential China Supplier’s Interest

The existence of the supplier does not determine your China supplier's interest. You may have to put forth effort.
A misconception seems to be that if the supplier is operative, has a website, an Alibaba page, then by default they must be interested in all inquiries. Learning to gauge a potential China supplier's interest will help you save time and headache in your initial RFQ stages....

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Suppliers and Client Emails

For both buyers and suppliers, patience and precision are the remedy for the consistent misunderstandings in China Sourcing communication.
In the world of China manufacturing, friction with suppliers and grasping client emails never goes away. Is it that suppliers don't read emails, suppliers read and don't understand the emails or clients do a shabby job of composing emails? I say it's all 3......

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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 Practical Step in Analyzing Quotations

A practical way to carefully go through quotations from Chinese suppliers.
In the unofficial Part I to this post, I discussed the "mindset in reviewing China price quotes." Now, let's pinpoint a practical step in going over your quotations from offshore suppliers....

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Things to Include in Your China Sourcing Inquiries

China sourcing inquiries should have a structure.
Here are 5 things to include in your China sourcing Inquiries. Some buyers send quickie truncated emails via their iPhone. Some buyers send a nice mockup drawing but with little actual written specifications. Should there be a consistency in your China sourcing inquiries? Or is it no matter how it's done, as long as it gets done? ...

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Considerations for Requesting a Price From a China Supplier

The factory does not exist to serve the importer. Keep in mind these considerations for requesting a price from a China supplier.
Here are some considerations for requesting a price from a China supplier. Know who you are working with. Success comes when you think like your vendors think. This could be 1st time suppliers or suppliers, that maybe you have worked with a bit but nothing on a large scale. A large scale client would be one that the owner of the factory is aware of. A client who orders considerable volume. A volume that is not only considerable for you, the buyer, but also considerable for the factory...

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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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7 Ways to Keep Your Supplier Motivated

China Sourcing Great Value Keeping Supplier Motivated
A motivated supplier is a helpful supplier. A motivated supplier is a supplier from whence cometh fewer service problems and quality nightmares. Here are 7 ways to keep your supplier motivated....

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Supplier Says Something is Urgent, You Need to Listen

If your factory tells you something, then listen. Importers needs to pay attention to factories' signals
In China importing, when something is urgent, this typically corresponds with the suppliers' side and what they need to accomplish. But don't forget immediate tasks where the "urgent" label falls at the buyers' doorstep. The buyer has a call to action from the supplier and if the buyer does not act in an immediate fashion, then something will delay. When buyers scream urgent, they expect the factory to blow the steam whistle and start bumping in to one another like the keystone cops. On the other hand, when the factory, lets the buyer know something is urgent, the buyer's mindset is typically one of "Yawn, I'll get to it, when I get to it." This work habit leads to mass production delays, incorrect production or goods not even reaching you. If your supplier says something is urgent, you need to listen....

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Listening to Suppliers: What’s Not Being Said

Whenever you communicate with your China factory, use open ears and open mind to improve overseas production
When China suppliers give advice, it is not always done in a direct and obvious fashion. This is why, whenever you receive emails, you need to ponder: What the supplier is NOT saying. What's not being said?...

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When Your Supplier Speaks…Listen!

Supplier updates to importers should not be ignored
When it comes to providing detail, suppliers in China are generally tight-lipped. It may seem like, especially after you make the payment, suppliers' updates are brief and at most a few sentences. Let's just say the proactive info flows more like molasses instead of a river. Therefore when your supplier IS informing you something or putting together an update that is lengthier and including some form of explanation, take time to think about: What are they saying or at least trying to say? What are they not saying?...

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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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