By Renaud Anjoran in 'Quality Inspection Blog'
If you have never imported directly from China before, you are probably afraid of missing something important. What costs should you plan in your budget? What precautions should you take? You probably have no idea.
Most purchasers I have met have either learned from their colleagues (if their organization was already importing), or have gone through the school of hard knocks (making mistakes, hopefully only once).
There are few (if any?) good and practical books on China sourcing. There are a few blogs and websites, but not many purchasers read them. And, generally speaking, importers keep their buying strategy and their suppliers under silence–it is often a secret.
I was reminded of this recently, when I had to write off a significant amount of money because of a software programming project gone awry. In hindsight, after reading a few books about software development, I understand that I did a lot of mistakes.
There are actually a number of similarities between the best practices of China sourcing and those of software development:
What I still can’t understand is why I didn’t think of all these issues. That’s what I keep telling my clients, but I can’t even think of it when it comes to another field.
Sometimes we just don’t follow our common sense… That’s the source of most mistakes, I guess.