5 Steps to Finding Suppliers in China

by Oliver Knack on 31 Aug 2015 | 0 Comments
How is one supposed to go about finding suppliers in China? In this article, we break down the process of finding a supplier into 5 easy steps.

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4 Ways to Tell a Trading Company from a Factory

by Oliver Knack on 4 Aug 2015 | 0 Comments
Do you prefer to import through a trading company or work directly with a factory to manufacture your products? Is there a way of differentiating a trading company from a factory at first glance? The truth is, it can be difficult to be 100 percent sure. However, you can get a pretty good idea by using these four indicators of a trading company in order to distinguish from one or the other.

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5 Steps to Sourcing in China

by Crystal Ge on 16 Jul 2015 | 0 Comments
Is it easy to source products in China? Most experienced buyers of Chinese-made goods will tell you that finding a supplier that can manufacture the product you want isn’t a problem. What is frequently a challenge is finding a reputable supplier that can make a product that meets your standards. In an earlier article, we answered the compelling question, Is Sourcing in China Still Competitive? Now, we want to share with you the five steps you should take in order to begin sourcing and securing a long-term supplier in this competitive country.

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The Case for Single Source Procurement

by Shuo Wang on 15 Jul 2015 | 0 Comments
As a buyer of manufactured goods in China, how many suppliers do you use for production? Have you ever considered your supplier development strategy? Or, maybe you don’t really have a strategy for developing suppliers. If you’re accustomed to utilizing multiple suppliers, satisfied by the benefits of their price competition in the past, are you still playing the same game in China today? Do you want to enjoy the streamlined communication and relative simplicity offered by using a single supplier?

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3 Must Read Books for Buyers Sourcing from China

by Oliver Knack on 25 May 2015 | 0 Comments

Have you been curious about China’s manufacturing landscape? Or maybe you work directly with Chinese suppliers and would like to better understand how Chinese business works. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books out there that focus on manufacturing and business in China.

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5 Survival Tips for Trade Shows

by Oliver Knack on 4 May 2015 | 0 Comments
Trade shows offer you the opportunity to discuss production capabilities and your own requirements first-hand, typically in English. But trade shows can often be a frustrating experience, especially your first time or early on. By following our 5 simple survival tips you can ensure you are putting yourself in the best position to get the most out of your valuable time while at the show. .

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China Sourcing Challenges and Processes

by John Niggl on 3 Apr 2015 | 0 Comments

I wanted to learn about the processes involved with sourcing in China and the kinds of challenges buyers might face trying to find a quality supplier. To that end, I sat down with Sourcing Specialist Terry Zheng of InTouch for a manufacturing podcast interview where he gave me an insider's view of what it's like to search for a quality supplier in China. The following is a transcript of that interview:

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3 Telltale Signs of a Bankrupt Factory

by Andrew Reich on 12 Mar 2015 | 0 Comments

If you've yet to be involved with a factory in China that has abruptly shut its doors for good, then consider yourself lucky. More and more factories in China are shutting their doors. Your factory could close at any time without refunding your order deposit or shipping your goods.

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3 Reasons To Buy Through a Trading Company

by Chao Wang on 5 Feb 2015 | 0 Comments

Why would anyone want to buy through a trading company when they can cut out the middleman? Can’t I save money by going factory direct?

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Is Sourcing in China Still Competitive?

by Shuo Wang on 27 Jan 2015 | 0 Comments
“Are prices in China really so low?” This is not an easy question to answer. Prices for goods imported from China used to be very competitive but are beginning to look less attractive. Sourcing in China has become more difficult as negotiating with a Chinese supplier for a much lower price is not as easy as it was ten years ago.

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