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This article was a collaborative effort among various members of the Asia Quality Focus team.

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Top 5 Sourcing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Even with the advent of websites like Alibaba.com and MadeInChina.com, sourcing products from China can be a daunting task. This is a major reason why many buyers forgo sourcing altogether and rely on agents or trading companies to do the legwork.

Topics: Sourcing

How to Avoid Being Held HOSTAGE In Your Own Factory

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Recently an American business executive named Chip Starnes was literally held hostage inside his office at his company's medical supplies factory on the outskirts of Beijing. Chip's imprisonment - which spanned nearly a week - started when it was announced that some of the manufacturing processes at the plant would be moved to India and that employees involved in those processes would be laid off.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

Four Cultural Tips That Will Make Your Suppliers LOVE You

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Western buyers working directly with Chinese manufacturers must overcome a number of obstacles in order to do business smoothly. These include huge time differences, varying perspectives on product quality, obvious language barriers, and also more subtle cultural gaps. Bridging this cultural divide can work wonders for western buyers.

Topics: Cultural Notes from the East

When To Buy Factory Direct And When Not To

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments

Have you ever struggled with the question of when to buy factory direct and when to go through a vendor or trading company? Importers are often highly motivated to secure the lowest per-unit cost possible for the items they purchase from China. The old maxim of “cutting out the middleman” leads many buyers to reason that purchasing factory-direct is the only way to get the lowest cost of goods sold, and is thus the only smart option for buying from China.

Topics: Sourcing

5 Key Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

If you have a novel or innovative product and you are interested in using China’s formidable manufacturing sector to bring your product to market, protecting your intellectual property is likely high on your priority list. So how do you protect your intellectual property?

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

5 People You Should Know by Name in Your Factory

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

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5 Instances When You Should Consider Changing Suppliers

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Topics: Sourcing

The Canton Fair - 5 Important Tips From the Experts

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 1 Comment

The Canton Fair is held twice every year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The fair takes place at the (aptly named) China Import and Export Fair Complex in the Haizhu district of Guangzhou. April 15th marked the opening of this year’s spring fair, the 113th session of the Canton Fair since it began in 1957.

Topics: Sourcing

TPCH Testing: Mandatory for All US Imports

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

What is Container Loading Monitoring and When to Use It

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 1 Comment

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice