By Adam Gilbourne
The biggest challenge importers face when sourcing from China is selecting the right manufacturer. If you don’t understand the type of factory you are buying from you risk paying higher prices, opening yourself up to IP theft, having delays with lead times, receiving defective product, or in the worst case, losing your initial down payment as the factory collapses due to unpaid debt obligations.
By Adam Gilbourne
As an importer it’s vital you’re familiar with China’s manufacturing geography as price levels, quality, logistic costs and manufacturing capabilities all vary region to region. The information that can be gained through a quick survey of manufacturers and their location is significant and should not be ignored.
By Stacy Bruce
You’ve been watching the calendar, anxiously awaiting that first shipment of leather handbags that’ll mean the beginning of your online business. You’ve already received orders, and it’s looking like your bags will be a sell-out success.
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.
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.