23 posts tagged understanding

Advice on Sending Specs to Suppliers in China

Properly sending specs to suppliers in China includes precision, evidence, attachments and discussion
Sending specs to suppliers in China via digital medium, ie email and documents, is the focus of this post. Consider if you walked by your supplier's desk and you had a stack of unorganized, messy documents. Would you think about carelessly tossing the documents in a untidy heap onto the supplier's desk and before the supplier is able to voice a response you say, "quote me asap" and scurry off, expecting the quote to come back to you in a precise way? Of course not, right? You wouldn't do this in person. So why when sending specs to suppliers in China, do importers do the exact same scenario...but over email? ...

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7 Ways to Keep Your Supplier Motivated

China Sourcing Great Value Keeping Supplier Motivated
A motivated supplier is a helpful supplier. A motivated supplier is a supplier from whence cometh fewer service problems and quality nightmares. Here are 7 ways to keep your supplier motivated....

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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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“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. ...

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Responsibility in China Manufacturing

Responsibility in China manufacturing is a tricky thing. Imagine that an order goes south. There are efficiency issues, timing delays and even worse, the dreaded quality problems. You, as an importer are heated at the factory and fully see this as their responsibility. You think they should do something to make this right. How will your factory view the situation? ...

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Lack of Understanding, Magnifies Product Problems

China production is empowered by understanding of product, understanding of supplier and understanding of importing as a whole.
Understand your product and the manufacturing processes. Normal variations become perceived problems, when in actuality, no problem exists. This is what happens when buyers treat China manufacturing on the same level as clicking "proceed to checkout" button on Amazon. ...

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Tips for Emailing Chinese Suppliers

Purposefully email Chinese suppliers and avoid blobby streams of consciousness
Email is the main way importers get to know their Chinese suppliers. Unless the importer makes frequent trips to the factory or spends a lot of time on the chat apps or in skype conversations, perceptions are made, the relationship is established, specs are passed, the order is controlled all primarily via email....

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Mr. Chen Said…

Communication reflects effort. Passing off via communication does not well-reflect effort.
Are you a verbal facilitator? In other words are you someone who masks your inability by always quoting what others have said? Or do you have original thoughts and add value to your conversations, your projects and take ownership?...

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China Manufacturing Problems: Secondary Causes

China manufacturing problems do not happen in a vacuum.
Certain characteristics of overseas buyers cause major China manufacturing problems.  These "work habits" increase the headache when working with factories and suppliers. Common incidents may seem like harmless side effects of the business.  In reality, normal issues can fester and grow, leading to full-blown manufacturing catastrophes....

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