9 posts tagged importing

Bringing Strong Closure to Your China Order

Both buyers and suppliers can guard against dropping the ball on control during the last phases of their China order.
Everything is smooth sailing in your China order. The factory seems agreeable, a confirmed sample is in-hand, the next step is to sit back and wait for the Bill of Lading, right? Wrong. Don't fumble on the 1 yard line. Bring a strong closure to your China order....

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Good Buyer Discipline in Importing

Good buyer discipline and habits lead to successful importing.
Success in China sourcing doesn't happen in a vacuum but comes from good discipline. Consistent habits stack on top of each other like building blocks, forming an experienced buyer. Shoot, besides China sourcing, this whole discipline concept works in many walks of life....

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Obstacles in Importing Promotional Products from China

Importing promotional products from China, because of the wide range, has a set of its own unique obstacles.
Importing promotional products is a hot topic for companies in that 20 billion dollar industry. From the end brand to distributor to importer, businesses in the supply chain require customization and cost savings. For Western-based companies starting to buy offshore; here's a picture of some of the initial obstacles you may face. ...

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Quantity, Quantity Scales and MOQ

Be precise as possible in your communication with your Chinese vendor. Even when it comes to order quantity in your RFQ
Here are some refreshers on your quantity request when sending in inquiries to vendors in China sourcing. Your initial inquiry sets the stage for supplier buyer interaction. The quantity request portion of your inquiry is a vital part of that inquiry. This may not be the most exciting post...come to think of it, none of my posts are that exciting. ...

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Changing a Spec in your China Project? What Else Changes?

Changing 1 spec in a China project, leads to other spec changes...find out what change leads to what change.
In a China project, if you change 1 spec during the inquiry and sampling phase, is it a safe assumption that the factory will alert you on the ramifications of the change?...

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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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Question your Quotes from China

A mistake buyers make when working with China is that they seem to think their suppliers are perfect, until the supplier drops the ball and then that seems to snap the buyer back to reality. If the buyer starts out from the assumption that their supplier is human and prone to mistakes, then this would cause the buyer to proceed with caution in their sourcing and buying, thus leading to less quoting (and eventual) quality errors. Better yet, if the buyer starts from the assumption that the supplier quotes from a low-cost, cheap labor industry and daily, provides quotes to many faceless buyers for projects that never come to fruition, then the buyer would really proceed with caution......

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Make It Easy For Your Supplier In China To Contact You

Remember, during this summer season, make it easy for your supplier in China to contact you....

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Working With China: To-Do List Minded

Working with China, in business, managing a team or just living there and navigating through life’s daily waters;  you will come across what I call “to-do list mentality”....

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