12 posts tagged supplier

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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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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Signs That Mass Production May Not Go Well

A bad start to your China sourcing project, generally leads to issues in mass production.
Before mass production starts, there may be some telling signs that the project is not going to go very well. ...

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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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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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Supplier Communication: Why Did My China Supplier Say That?

For retail buyers and promotional product importers supplier communication is of utmost importance
Suppliers have a knack of communicating that will leave you scratching your head. Their puzzling answers can leave you in a cold sweat while you consider buying a plane ticket to China to figure things out... The easy answer as to why the supplier communication is the way it is, is because of the language barrier. I believe that it's a bit more complicated than that. Understanding the reasons behind the kooky answers can, hopefully give you more insight into the world of China sourcing and importing....

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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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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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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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Chinese Supplier Silence

No Questions or Objections from a Vendor:  Silence can be dangerous, especially in areas where the vendor should  have some questions.  Distributors frequently send emails to Chinese suppliers that are worded in sound-bytes and "thinking-out-loud" style wording....

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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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