6 posts tagged quoting

Will the Supplier Know What You Mean?

One wrong word from the buyer side can confuse the supplier and throw off an RFQ. Think about your inquiry like you are working at a control panel and whenever you send a request for quotation to your supplier, it is like you are pushing buttons in a machine....

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Urgent Delivery Time Checklist

When you’re importing from China, chances are you are going to be faced with an urgent delivery time. 

Whether it’s the promotional product business and you’ve got a launch date or it’s the retail industry and the box store requires a certain date to stock the shelves, timing can and will be a super-important issue.

Here is a checklist to incorporate as part of your work routine and thought pattern....

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Tighten Up Quote Requests

Email, communicate and quote efficiently from China vendor
With initial quote requests you send your vendor in China, you set the course for success or for a path of inefficiency. Here are a few ideas to tighten up quote requests in China sourcing. ...

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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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Watering Down Your Inquiry in the Quoting Process

Give a Credible Inquiry to Your China Vendor.
When sourcing direct from China, avoid watering down your inquiry. When you inquire for a price from a vendor and kickstart a project; you want to establish some sort of credibility with the company providing you the quote. You want to give them a reason to quote you. When you grab your inquiry or RFQ by the shoulders and pick the poor guy up and dunk him in a bucket of water over and over and then hand this sopping wet request to your supplier, it no longer makes the job appealing....

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