14 posts tagged promotional products

More Considerations on Importing Promo Products

Considerations for Sourcing Promo Products from Chinese Vendors
The majority of promo product orders are smaller runs (200 pens, 500 ball caps, etc). These are purchased from onshore stock or local factories. China or offshore manufacturing comes into play with extensive customization and increased quantities. Once buyers go offshore, they realize their expectations and demands aren't necessarily upheld or even understood by the vendors. Let's talk the change of mindset that's necessary for sourcing promo products offshore.  ...

Continue Reading

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. ...

Continue Reading

Buyer Sourcing Approach: Read My Mind and Do it Right!

The buyer may think, "read my mind and get it right". But not a strong sourcing approach. Roll up sleeves and establish practical game plan.
A large portion of sourcing and product development is tackled from the position of "Read my mind and do it right." Ok, this is not literally said or even thought, but the practical actions of the would-be-buyer reflect this attitude....

Continue Reading

China Sourcing Projects: Do You Know the Key Points?

China sourcing projects have key points and the more those key points are spotlighted, the more the supplier understands client expectations.
Are your China sourcing projects successful because the supplier did everything right? What if you have a supplier that misses a key point? You can get to where, in your China sourcing projects, you are able to proactively avoid problems and success not being based on "the supplier doing everything right". ...

Continue Reading

6 Ways to Make Low Quantity Orders Smoother

Low quantity orders can be problematic if not disasterous. Here are 6 ways for low quantity orders to be smoother when it comes to factory in, factory out.
In continuation to my last post, spotlighting the dangers of low quantity orders in China manufacturing; here is the silver lining, the more solution-oriented side of things. 6 ways to better navigate lower quantity runs. ...

Continue Reading

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". ...

Continue Reading

Purchase Orders and the Promotional Product Buyer

When placing an order, it is common for the promotional product buyer to send a Purchase Order to their China vendor. Does your vendor care about the Purchase Order? Do YOU care about the Purchase Order? ...

Continue Reading

“Well, We’ve Got Time…”

"Well, we've got time..." says the buyer who thinks timing is on their side and getting the project into full-motion is not something that requires a sense of urgency.

This line of thinking and usual accompanying casualness actually CAUSE mass production delays. ...

Continue Reading

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?...

Continue Reading

Before Mass Production Starts

If you're manufacturing offshore, specifically China, here are some steps to take right before mass production starts. Taking or not taking these steps could very well determine the success of your order. During that time, as a distributor or an importer, when you're "waiting" on something from your client (could be a payment, a sign-off, a change in spec), that time period before mass production starts should be an active critical period with the factory, not a period of "waiting" and doing nothing....

Continue Reading

4 Things to Ask Your Chinese Supplier

4 Basic But Probing Questions to Ask Your Supplier.
When importing from China, assumption is the buyer's worst enemy.  Here are 4 things to ask your Chinese supplier. Don't hesitate to ask your supplier questions, give reminders and double-confirm points. Even spend time going over what you may consider "the obvious". What's obvious in one culture or work environment is not obvious in another. ...

Continue Reading

Quoting Promotional Products from China Suppliers

For promotional product sourcing from China suppliers;  here is a list of check points to watch  during the quoting process....

Continue Reading

Finding a Factory

For promotional product distributors, finding a factory, may not always be what you want.
Importers in the promotional product industry directly dealing with China, say how they are "interested in finding a factory."  In the fast-quoting, rapid-fire world of promos and ad specialty items, are you sure this is your best bet?...

Continue Reading

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....

Continue Reading