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One Brand’s Cost of Product Quality

by InTouch on 27 Aug 2015 | 0 Comments
As a buyer of goods manufactured overseas, have you considered the true cost of product inspections and factory audits? Working with a contract manufacturer is a tricky business – especially if the factory is located on the other side of the world. In this article, we provide the findings and figures to answer these questions.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

A Newcomer’s Perspective on Chinese Factories

by InTouch on 13 Jul 2015 | 0 Comments
Have you ever been able to visit a factory in China? Most people just have a general idea in their head of what they think a Chinese factory might look like. That idea is usually a fabrication from everything they have seen in the media, whether it is a movie or the news. The truth of the matter is that the majority of the world does not have the slightest idea of what a Chinese factory is actually like. During a recent podcast interview, one our newest hires gave us a fresh perspective as someone who had never been to China before and much less a factory.

Topics: Social Compliance

The China Bullet Train Network and Manufacturing

by InTouch on 17 Jun 2015 | 0 Comments
China is known to be one of the pioneering states of the bullet train, also known as the High Speed Rail (HSR). China’s first type of HSR, beginning in 1999, was named the Qinhuangdao–Shenyang Line. Today, the High Speed Rail of China is the world’s largest such network with 16,000 km of high speed railway.

Topics: Travel Tips & Advice

Trading Company vs. Factory Direct – What You Need to Know

by InTouch on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Importers often insist on working directly with the factories that manufacture their products. There are many reasons why: factory-direct pricing, having a direct line of communication to the factory itself, and other benefits generally associated with “cutting out the middleman.”

Topics: Sourcing

Top 5 MUST Read QC Blogs

by InTouch on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Chinese manufacturing and quality control may seem like it’s a world apart; something that happens so far away from the everyday lives of western importers and consumers that its nearly impossible for them to get a glimpse into these processes.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

Bangladesh vs. China - 4 KEY Manufacturing Comparisons

by InTouch on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Bangladesh continues to make headlines as new revelations about the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse come to light. This publicity is causing importers and international analysts to wonder about the pros and cons of sourcing products from a center for ultra-cheap labor such as Bangladesh in comparison to other options, notably China.

Topics: Sourcing

Top 5 Sourcing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

by InTouch 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 InTouch 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 InTouch 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 InTouch on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 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