11 posts tagged Manufacturing

Repeat Orders Still Require Vigilant Control

Don't take repeat orders for granted but continue a proper system of control.
Repeat orders in China manufacturing still require vigilant control. Casualness from both sides influences the outcome for the negative; the burden of fault being on the supplier's shoulders. Here's some reasons why errors happen in repeat orders and what to look out for. ...

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Pithy Year-End China Importing Reminders

China importing tips and reminders as we ring in 2016.
As 2016 is right around the corner, here are some year-end China importing reminders. Keep these tips at the forefront of your thinking during your sourcing and manufacturing endeavors....

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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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Reasons for Delays in China Manufacturing

Power outages, factory fires, 3rd party vendor strife and factories bumping your order for a bigger fish.

In the topsy turvy world of China manufacturing, these are all possible reasons for delays....

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8 Phrases to Eliminate in Your China Sourcing

8 Phrases to Eliminate in Your China Sourcing...because the goal is good quality and a smooth order, right?
Certain phrases plague the importer. These phrases may be typed in an email and frustratedly emailed to your vendor. These phrases could be muttered around the office. Or they simply could be floating around in your head. Typically these phrases are geared towards the vendor. Regardless of how these phrases haunt your thinking or actions, it is my recommendation to get rid of 'em....

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Price Change Shock in China Sourcing

"Suppliers cannot be trusted; they change the price in the middle of the project!" "They quoted the low price and then did the ol' switcheroo, just to get me in!" These are common laments you may hear from folks who source and import from China. Although there is truth to these statements, it's not the whole truth. With a bit of effort, you can avoid price change shocks....

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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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Lack of Understanding, Magnifies Product Problems

China production is empowered by understanding of product, understanding of supplier and understanding of importing as a whole.
Understand your product and the manufacturing processes. Normal variations become perceived problems, when in actuality, no problem exists. This is what happens when buyers treat China manufacturing on the same level as clicking "proceed to checkout" button on Amazon. ...

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Your Supplier Didn’t Sign Up For This….

Importers tend to hold their supplier to a standard, which, after 13 years in the business, I'm pretty positive the supplier doesn't know they agreed to....

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Promotional Products: A Factory’s Point of View

How do factories in China view promotional products' inquiries and orders? Many moons ago, I was visiting a factory during an order to inspect the production line and assure they were adhering to the delivery schedule; standard procedure.  As my wife and I were speaking with the bosses, they were saying how there is no way they can respect the confirmed delivery time....and they weren't overly concerned about it....

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China Management: Security & Assurance

How to Get Low-Cost Employees Motivated?
In dealing with China there is a huge mountain range to scale on a daily basis. Many times during this trek, it's common to fall down and as you are crossing this mountain range, you also realize, there are more and more mountains, one right after the other and there is no end in sight. This mountain comes in the form of folks having no reason to do their jobs well.  From the person who takes your order in the restaurant to a sales person in a store to a factory sales manager who works on commission....

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