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5 promotional item sourcing tips
10 Feb 2016 10:26

by Li Zhang Buyers that tackle promotional item sourcing generally make the same mistakes. Sure, there are a ton of possible errors. But the core problems remain the same. I hope these tips shine [ ... ]

QC reporting: How much detail do you need?
05 Feb 2016 15:56

by Renaud Anjoran  Quality inspectors in different companies work in different ways. One important difference lies in the way they report their findings. Some don’t report anything in written form [ ... ]

Procurement and purchasing agents in China: A complete guide
09 Feb 2016 10:48

by Fredrik Grönkvist The Procurement Agent is a freelancer, or part of a larger organisation, arranging various aspects of the trade between China and the buyers around the world.

What Chinese factory managers don't understand
01 Feb 2016 15:14

by Renaud Anjoran Have you ever been in front of a Chinese manager who has misconceived notions, yet won’t change his mind? It happens to us all the time.

China Competitiveness

10 industries China favors
02 Sep 2015 10:46

by Dan Harris  China’s ten favorite industries You probably think it a bit strange for me to be writing at all optimistically about China’s economy today and I get that. But as someone who [ ... ]

Understanding China IP

Are your China trademarks dirty?
11 Jan 2016 15:49

by Dan Harris  Read an interesting Linkedin post today, entitled, s your business have ‘dirty’ IP? post is by an Intellectual Property (IP) and branding specialist and it emphasizes th [ ... ]

Managing China Product Quality

QC reporting: How much detail do you need?
05 Feb 2016 15:56

by Renaud Anjoran  Quality inspectors in different companies work in different ways. One important difference lies in the way they report their findings. Some don’t report anything in written form [ ... ]

China Cultural Considerations

Negotiating with China Suppliers

How to negotiate up to a 5% price cut with Chinese suppliers in one email
01 Dec 2015 16:19

by Gary Huang  As small business importers, you may think that the best way to grow your business is to sell MORE or RAISE your prices. Think again. While often overlooked, sourcing professionals kn [ ... ]

Outsourcing

5 promotional item sourcing tips
10 Feb 2016 10:26

by Li Zhang Buyers that tackle promotional item sourcing generally make the same mistakes. Sure, there are a ton of possible errors. But the core problems remain the same. I hope these tips shine [ ... ]

Paying Suppliers

More practicality when reviewing supplier price quotes
26 Jan 2016 15:49

by Jacob Yount Price quotes from China require the buyer (if they want to avoid error) to sit down, think about the project, consider what MAY go wrong and formulate questions and scenarios in their [ ... ]

Managing Supplier Relationships

Suppliers and client emails
01 Feb 2016 15:08

by Jacob Yount  In the world of China manufacturing, friction with suppliers and grasping client emails never goes away. Is it that suppliers don’t read emails, suppliers read and don’t underst [ ... ]

How to attend a sourcing show like a pro


April is sourcing trade show season in Asia with many exhibitions being held in Hong Kong and mainland China. The shows are generally scheduled to cover similar product categories in a way that lets buyers visit multiple shows during a single trip. 

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