By Dan Harris
With the last quarter of the year approaching and China increasing its scrutiny of foreign businesses operating in China, now seems like the right time to talk about what such businesses (WFOEs, joint ventures, representative offices) should be doing to protect themselves on the compliance front.
By Manuel Becvar
A lot of people are concerned when they produce their own design in China that the supplier will copy it and sell to other sellers.
By Renaud Anjoran
Large companies usually send an annual survey to their suppliers. The feedback helps them see opportunities for improvements and gives them data to justify some of those improvements.
Whether it's yourself, a colleague or a 3rd party sourcing company that conducts your China Factory Audits - it's an operation that simply needs to be done at some point. Keeping costs down is a wonderful thing put we need to be mindful not to squeeze to tight in this area - it's really about managing your risk. China factory visits can be really great, really difficult, can be very interesting and can even be a bit shocking. You are certain to have experiences to conjure lots of different adjectives, boring is unlikely to be one of them no matter how many visits you make.
A good chunk of your time needs to be invested in analyzing the information that you gather from suppliers in China. Sourcing from China and assessing Chinese suppliers is time consuming full stop. It's even more so if you are not organized. Today let's talk about how you can be a bit more organized in this area.
The concept of visual management is often misunderstood, yet it is quite an important topic.
Buyer references are taken for granted in many countries. I mean, how else do you know that you can trust a potential supplier. And after all, they should work to sell themselves to you, not the other way around. Well, that’s how things should be. However, there’s a gap between how things should be, and the reality of a Chinese supplier.
By Fredrik Grönkvist
Developing pre-production samples is the only way to truly test the viability of a new design, and the manufacturers capability to produce it. It’s also a minefield, that can cost you months, sometimes up to a year, in lost time if not managed properly.
By Vicky Yu
Every year, 1.6 million people in China die from lung, heart and other health problems related to air pollution.
By Jacob Yount
A misconception seems to be that if the supplier is operative, has a website, a B2B 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.
By Oliver Knack
Remember that old T.V. show The Dating Game? A bachelorette could choose to go on a date with one of three bachelors who were hidden from view. After a brief Q&A session, the chosen bachelor was revealed and the bachelorette would join him on a date.
By Renaud Anjoran
It came again to my attention recently that most SMEs buying from China are not aware of methods to collect information about potential suppliers. And, since the suppliers are not verified in any manner, scammers have multiplied and are targeting inexperienced importers.