41 posts tagged supplier understanding

5 More Important Supplier Reminders

Important supplier reminders save a world of headache. The majority of China projects that take a turn for the worst, if you trace the origin of the problem, it's generally because of a basic point.
Important supplier reminders save a world of headache. The majority of China projects that take a turn for the worst, if you trace the origin of the problem, it's generally because of a basic point. When a buyer exclaims a supplier "should know this" and "it's their job to know that", that's irrelevant once you're faced with manufacturing or timing issues. ...

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5 Basic Things to Remind Your Supplier

Importing from China? Remind your vendor these 5 basic things.
Coming off the Chinese New Year lull, I thought it time for some refreshers on supplier reminders. Here are 5 reminders now and 5 for the next post, to keep in front of your supplier and...not to mention YOUR OWN flow chart and sticky-note bulletin....

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Things to Keep in Mind About Your China Supplier

Should we proceed regardless of the mindset of our vendors, or keep in mind the differences, in order to achieve understanding? A few reminders dealing with a China supplier.
Perhaps if you kept a few things in mind about your China supplier it would add perspective to the entire sourcing process? You may get frustrated a little less. A buyer may remember to add on a few extra sentences to descriptions. The eager importer will recall different world views and then approach projects and problems differently....

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Getting in Front of Problems

Is it true because it's true or because you'd rather not exert serious effort in controlling this factory? A few thoughts about getting in front of problems in China manufacturing.
In China sourcing, a chunk of miscommunication and mass production messes are because of failure to get in front of problems. Suppliers are bashful to admit in advance why something may take a turn for the worse. Buyers won't acknowledge failure and in order to CYA or money, they push issues off onto the supplier. Whatever the reason, being able to recognize potential problems and cut them off at the pass, will save a world of hurt. ...

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Good Buyer Discipline in Importing

Good buyer discipline and habits lead to successful importing.
Success in China sourcing doesn't happen in a vacuum but comes from good discipline. Consistent habits stack on top of each other like building blocks, forming an experienced buyer. Shoot, besides China sourcing, this whole discipline concept works in many walks of life....

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Supplier Communication: Look For and Give Relevant Detail

Sometimes an offshore project seems like stumbling around in the dark because you and the supplier are talking past each other. Strive for relevant detail.
By focusing on relevant detail  in your supplier communication you avoid time waste, misunderstanding and even incorrect mass production. In offshore manufacturing, nothing is to be taken for granted. Nothing? Nothing. For each phase, consider "what relevant detail needs to be put forward."...

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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.  ...

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Responsibility and Mass Production Mistakes

Solving production mistakes in a solution-oriented manner are signs of a solid vendor.
Production mistakes cut a project to the quick. Not only is the actual product now "not right" but there's other aspects to sort out. Handling it all cross-culturally and from abroad makes it all the more touchy....

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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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Importer or Team Leader

Importer or team leader is the question you ask yourself when you find your factory not following what you think you requested.
When you source, manufacture and buy from an offshore supplier, are you simply an importer doing a task or will it be more advantageous to view yourself as a team leader? ...

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In China Sourcing & Order Control, A Follow-Up Can Be…

The power of the follow up in your China project and order control.
During your China project and order control, systematic contact with your supplier, brings a world of results. Right importing from China (or any developing nation) is proactive and calculates possible scenarios. ...

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Supplier Response and Needed Guidance

In China sourcing, a supplier response gives assurance, shows efforts and is a quality checkpoint.
A supplier response to a buyer that's waiting for an update, is like a cup of water to a man in a desert....

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Establishing a Potential China Supplier’s Interest

The existence of the supplier does not determine your China supplier's interest. You may have to put forth effort.
A misconception seems to be that if the supplier is operative, has a website, an Alibaba page, then by default they must be interested in all inquiries. Learning to gauge a potential China supplier's interest will help you save time and headache in your initial RFQ stages....

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Guiding Your China Supplier’s Focus

Your China supplier's focus has a default routine mold. If you have key spotlight points, your jobs as the importer is to shift their focus.
In China sourcing, proper project and order control is more than sending batch information to your supplier and expecting them to figure it all out. They may figure out something entirely different than you intended. This is where, YOU, guiding your China supplier's focus comes in to play....

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