By Yarden Altshull
Exotic goods from lands afar have captivated minds since the dawn of humanity. For thousands of years, camel trains and ships carried goods from distant lands. More recently, travellers would sail or fly abroad, filling suitcases to the brim with local fashion and memorabilia. Today, we still seek the “alluring” and the “different,” and competition has added “bargain” to the list. But there’s no need to board a plane. We can simply launch a web browser from the comfort of our own homes to experience the back-to-back sales and endless choices that eCommerce has to offer.
By Chao Wang
Imagine one day you’re walking down a busy street full of vendors in China. Suddenly, you notice something: your company’s flagship product, luxury handbags, is being sold by a random merchant you’ve never met. Upon closer inspection, you notice there are several problems with the bag. These are the same bags you rejected in an earlier order from your supplier. Yet here they are for sale, still with your branding.
“It’s only a matter of time before Chinese suppliers take over on Amazon. Who needs a middleman”
Promotional product importers are different than your average importer. They frequently work on a wide range of products and aggressive time frames.
By Dan Harris
I have always found it fascinating how macroeconomic issues can have such widely varying microeconomic impacts. When an economy declines, let’s say 10%, the impact on individual businesses can be all over the map.
By Manuel Becvar
I recently asked in ImportDojo’s Facebook group what topics you would like me to cover on my next blog post and I listened.
by Zhu Jing
Talk of sourcing suppliers or products in China usually brings to mind first and foremost Guangzhou and Shenzhen. And for importers who do not have a lot of experience trading in China, it is likely they have never even heard of the town of Yiwu, home to what has been dubbed the “world’s largest wholesale center” and our company.
Peter Zapf, Global Sources CIO, joined Seller Dojo recently for a podcast. In it, he talked about what importers need to keep in mind when selecting China suppliers, the misconceptions buyers have about suppliers and how buyer/supplier communication is vital in ensuring product quality.
Manuel Becvar of ImportDojo describes Global Sources as the most professional supplier directory. His webcast shows tips on how he uses Global Sources. Check it out here:
by Dan Harris
As a member of AmCham China, I get a copy every month of AmCham’s magazine, Business Now. This month’s issue [hard copy version] has an article by John Zane, entitled, Playing by the Rules: As compliance comes to the fore, small businesses must take action. The thrust of the article (and the thrust of many a blog post we’ve done over the past year) is that China is cracking down on all businesses, foreign and domestic, large and small, and because of that, foreign SMEs need to initiate a compliance program to ensure that they are understanding and complying with China’s legal system.
by Dan Harris
Every so often, someone with a WFOE about to be shut down by the Chinese government (broadly defined) contacts us. These contacts seem to accelerate during economic slowdowns and that has been the case of late. The following is a totally scripted composite of some of the emails we have received relating to a WFOE shut down:
by Asia Quality Focus team
The WEEE regulation is represented by the black and white crossed bin which means that the product should subject to a separate collection at the end of life. It refers to the standard EN 50419 which is applied to all electric equipment since august 2005. Most of us recognize this image and find it on all product exported from China however do we really know what is the WEEE regulation for and what are the requirements of the WEE regulation for importers and manufacturers in China?
by Mike Bellamy
While there is a law/policy/regulation/suggested standard promulgated by Beijing for almost every aspect of doing business, for the typical Western owned company operating in China, the problem is two-fold:
by Dan Harris
During the past year, the number of calls from American (sometimes European) SMEs pushed out of China for having operated there without a legal entity (such as a WFOE) have doubled? What is causing this increase of foreign companies getting shut down in China? It’s the economy, stupid.
by Etienne Charlier
Last week I gave an introduction of the electronic manufacturing services industry in China (EMS).
In this post, I want to give a few hints on where Chinese EMS are competitive and some tips on how to select them depending on your specific situation.
by Mike Bellamy
A European friend of mine is based on China and runs a sourcing agency. The following are excerpts from our discussion on the pros and cons of setting up in-house VAT rebate facilities in China.