16 posts tagged sourcing

Changes During the Sampling Phase

Sampling process will have changes. Is the product the only thing that changes?
During the sampling phase, chances are that you'll go through a series of tweaks and changes before you nail down a product to confirm for mass production. These changes, albeit needed, also bring about another wave of phenomena in your China project management that you want to be on guard for....

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Asking Questions in Product Development & Sourcing

In product development and China sourcing, asking questions is not only the suppliers' responsibility
Asking your supplier appropriate questions sets the stage for the project. A lack of formulating purposeful questions leads to irritating and perhaps costly surprises. Prior to approaching a supplier to start a new project, roll up your sleeves, hash out a game plan and determine key questions....

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Quoting a Product: When Specs are For Reference or Confirmed

Quoting a product concept is a process, not a 1-time clean hit without any messiness.
You've sent the supplier a concept for your product and now they're quoting a concept. The range of effort goes from half-hearted quoting to quoting to the best of their ability, but either way, the supplier's quoting a CONCEPT....

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Efficient Overseas Sourcing: Antidote For Poor Mind Reading

An efficient overseas sourcing approach doesn't rely on assumption but fact-checking your vendor and testing their capabilities.
In your overseas sourcing, you may discover that a large portion of your suppliers suffer from poor mind reading capabilities....

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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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Further Snippets on Making Samples

Making samples is a stop gap before production to not only see your item, but to catch embedded production errors.
Making samples is sort of like the last frontier to stamp out supplier miscommunication and quality problems that can arise in mass production. During this critical phase, be attentive. Attentiveness during sampling avoids disasters that can spring up too far down the line to catch. ...

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Considerations for Requesting a Price From a China Supplier

The factory does not exist to serve the importer. Keep in mind these considerations for requesting a price from a China supplier.
Here are some considerations for requesting a price from a China supplier. Know who you are working with. Success comes when you think like your vendors think. This could be 1st time suppliers or suppliers, that maybe you have worked with a bit but nothing on a large scale. A large scale client would be one that the owner of the factory is aware of. A client who orders considerable volume. A volume that is not only considerable for you, the buyer, but also considerable for the factory...

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Not Necessarily Signs of a Bad Supplier in China Sourcing

When sourcing new vendors, you may come across certain signs that raise flags concerning the vendor's capabilities. 

Here is a brief list of signs, that although may look concerning, are not necessarily indications of a bad supplier. ...

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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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Unrealistic Requests in China Sourcing

Avoid unrealistic requests in China sourcing. Make practical, achievable requests from buyer to supplier
In China sourcing, a good way to hurt your credibility with factories and potential supplier partners is to make unrealistic requests....

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Suppliers Ignoring the Seemingly Obvious

Did the supplier not consider that when they gave you that update it was going to lead you to ask more questions? Did the supplier not think that whenever they emailed that blurry, crooked photo of your order that it was actually going to create a larger feeling of uneasiness and add to your concerns?...

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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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10 Safe Assumptions in China Sourcing

I usually recommend against assumptions in China sourcing...but here are 10 safe ones.
Here are 10 safe assumptions to make during your China manufacturing and sourcing projects. These assumptions help you stay on top of surprises, avoid pitfalls and keep a piece of your sanity....

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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....

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