5 Simple Chinese Phrases for Bettering Your Relationships

by Oliver Knack on 21 Oct 2015 | 0 Comments
You’re coming to China to visit your suppliers. Maybe you've taken the time to learn a couple of phrases like “hello” and “thank you” in Mandarin, which you hope will come in handy during your trip. You may have read a phrasebook, but most of the terms they contain are academic Chinese and not really the way people normally speak day-to-day. Here are 5 simple phrases that most people actually use in everyday life.

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What Does Ganbei Mean?

by Vicky Yu on 29 Dec 2014 | 1 Comment
If you've ever drank baijiu or other Chinese alcohol in a social or business setting with Chinese people, you've probably heard the word "ganbei" as some point. Depending on how many drinks you've already had and where you were in China, you may have heard this brief phrase belted out...

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How Drinking Beer Can Better Your Factory Relationships

by John Niggl on 11 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments
Should I go out drinking with management and staff from my factory? Would I be overstepping a boundary by letting my supplier take me out for a night on the town? These are common questions asked by foreign buyers or importers that visit China to meet with their supplier, and if you've ever visited a factory in China...

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Don't Fall Into These 5 Cultural Traps in China

by Andrew Reich on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Go for the One-on-One

Factory visits and other supplier interactions in China virtually always come in groups. Chinese management would, in nearly all cases, prefer to have a team of their staff members meeting with the client all at once, as they will feel that this structure will naturally hold those staff members accountable to their organization’s best interests.

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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.

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