31 posts tagged factory communication

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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Better Time Management Tips in China Sourcing

Your time management is connected to your results. Poor managment, poor results, simple, eh?
Your time management has a bearing on your product quality and order success. In China sourcing, like many things in life, there aren't many disconnected threads taking place in isolation. Most concepts are interwind and interrelated. Time management is no exception....

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In China Sourcing & Order Control, A Follow-Up Can Be…

The power of the follow up in your China project and order control.
During your China project and order control, systematic contact with your supplier, brings a world of results. Right importing from China (or any developing nation) is proactive and calculates possible scenarios. ...

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China Sourcing & Importing Excuses Buyers Make

China sourcing and importing excuses are tempting, but the energy is better spent towards improvements and solutions.
In the spirit of the crying towel, here's a batch of excuses for those in China sourcing and importing. If you find yourself mumbling these curses (and we all do and still do at one time or another), button your lip and think about..."how am I going to fix it next time?" This one's not for the faint of heart......

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Supplier Response and Needed Guidance

In China sourcing, a supplier response gives assurance, shows efforts and is a quality checkpoint.
A supplier response to a buyer that's waiting for an update, is like a cup of water to a man in a desert....

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The Power of Response in Offshore Manufacturing

A response in offshore manufacturing is more than a formality but a tool.
In offshore manufacturing, we have abundant methods of lightening-fast communication at our fingertips. You would think providing a response in would be a no brainer. Actually the power of response is taken for granted and too-often ignored....

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Reasons for China Sourcing Communication Headaches

Headaches will always exist with China sourcing communication. Know why they happen. Increase knowledge, increase patience.
The communication is a big part of the awkward unknowns that accompany China sourcing. The communication with your supplier can keep a sense that "something's off" and you maintain a bewilderment concerning both parties being on the same page. ...

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Signs That Mass Production May Not Go Well

A bad start to your China sourcing project, generally leads to issues in mass production.
Before mass production starts, there may be some telling signs that the project is not going to go very well. ...

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Being Mindful of Supplier Communication Discrepancies

Avoid supplier communication discrepancies. If you expect precision in mass production, strive or precision in communication.
Be alert for discrepancies in supplier communication. It's not because you want to play a "gotcha game" and be picky over wording but because catching discrepancies in supplier communication will catch discrepancies in their actions. Discrepancies in their actions bleed over into final product quality and delivery....

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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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Further Snippets on Making Samples

Making samples is a stop gap before production to not only see your item, but to catch embedded production errors.
Making samples is sort of like the last frontier to stamp out supplier miscommunication and quality problems that can arise in mass production. During this critical phase, be attentive. Attentiveness during sampling avoids disasters that can spring up too far down the line to catch. ...

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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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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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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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