27 posts tagged perspective

Dangers of Low Quantity Orders in China Manufacturing

Low quantity orders may be good for you, but it's not necessarily a thrill to the factory. There are dangers involved.
This post spotlights 5 dangers that come with low quantity orders in China manufacturing. Low quantity requests, especially for the Promotional Product Industry and in smaller, retail gift merchandise, are sorta, "nature of the beast". ...

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Overcoming Supplier Communication Obstacles

Overcoming China Supplier Communication Obstacles When Importing
When importing from China, overcoming supplier communication obstacles, leads to better quality merchandise and smoother projects. A primary obstacle, if not the heart of all obstacles, is understanding where your supplier is coming from. You read an email and do not know exactly why the supplier just said what they said, what's the gist, what do they mean... There are aspects in communication and customer service the supplier is not grasping or making the effort to grasp....

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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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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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Red Flags Buyers Wave in China Sourcing

Red flags buyers wave in China sourcing that can be a turn off to the factory
In China sourcing and manufacturing endeavors, suppliers are not the only ones to wave red flags. Buyers also wave big red, ominous banners that scream alert! danger! time and money loss lurking around the corner! What do these big red banners look like and how do suppliers react?...

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A Series of Disconnected Steps

China manufacturing and importing requires the importer, helping the supplier to see the bigger picture.
Very little in China is viewed as a whole. Tasks and jobs are approached and handled as a series of disconnected steps. Each step is an end to itself instead of viewed in context and handled in context as parts of a broader, over-arching situation and intended goal. ...

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China Sourcing Requires a Different Way of Thinking

Successful China Sourcing is Grounded in Thinking and Communication
Thinking. You have to change your thought process when dealing with China and in turn Chinese vendors. You're not buying from local suppliers who are accustomed to your buying habits or are in agreement with "how things should go in the normal supply and buy world."...

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Color Confusion in China Manufacturing

Matching Color in Promotional and Retail Product Manufacturing
"But I gave the factory the Pantone number!" In the trials and tribulations of China manufacturing when a buyer finds out the color of their sample, or, even worse their production is "off", this is a common exclamation. Perhaps not completely wrong, but not completely right. The result is a color that is deemed different from the official Pantone. Why is this? Is it the typical that "factories don't care". Or, "they didn't pay attention". Or is there more to it?...

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Importing from China: Ways to Assure a Smooth Order

When you're importing from China, like it or not, the main point of control has to be from the importer. Expecting the factory "to know" can be a very costly assumption. Here are some basic control points that help to assure a smooth order....

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Indication of Intentions in China Manufacturing

It's advantageous to make known your intentions.  Giving others insight into your intentions is beneficial to both sides.  This applies to daily life and especially pays off in your China manufacturing and importing....

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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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A New Beginning

expat life in China to the Carolinas
It’s been about 2 months since I’ve written anything and my, oh my, how things change in 2 months….. For 10 years I woke up in China, went to sleep in China. I finally exited. ...

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