The automotive parts supply base in China is characterized by a large number of trading companies, often with strong links to factories that don’t market directly. This means it can be difficult to find the ideal factory for your goods without going through an intermediary, who will raise your buying price and quite possibly reduce the quality of communications to the factory and back.
There are specialist trading companies who can offer excellent services, but often they will veil important information from the customer’s view, in the guise of protecting their business. It may take a long time before a trading company trusts a customer enough to allow them more access to their supply chain. At the same time, some trading companies lack the ethical values and standards of foreign buyers, leading to damaged relationships with the factory and a premature, unexpected disruptions in supply.
To counter these problems, InTouch’s expert sourcing staff use Chinese language searches and their professional networks to find the best factories directly. We know that even if a factory lacks their own exportation license, goods can be purchased directly and exported with a simple arrangement, eliminating the need to buy through a trading company. For export-orientated suppliers, InTouch can utilize database tools and attend relevant tradeshows within China to quickly pinpoint quality suppliers.
Throughout the entire sourcing project, InTouch ensures complete client confidentiality and legal protection of any designs sent for quotation. InTouch’s sourcing team is well aware of what questions to ask in order to ascertain the suppliers’ suitably. We can easily schedule immediate on-site factory audits for those suppliers passing the first stage of sourcing.
“We highly recommend InTouch to any person or company in need of these services and are confident that working with this firm will resolve quality issues with your imports and save you money.”
Henry Lodge, President, Lodge Manufacturing
Mike Michelini, CEO, Electrapour
“We have been particularly pleased with your ability to work directly with our factories in China, putting in place key quality standards and inspection criteria since that first order. Andrew, thanks to you and your team at InTouch for allowing us to focus on what we do best. We’re looking forward to working with you again.”
Brenton Harris, Managing Director, Pacific Tiger International
“The level of service we received from the InTouch team was first-rate, and I look forward to working with them again.”
Simon Golledge, Procurement Director, The Continuity Company
“Your consistent attention to detail and expert recommendations have allowed us to proactively ensure that our manufacturing partners are reputable, reliable and (above all) socially responsible.”
Seth Lapine, VP of Retail Sales, Lapine Inc.
“By ensuring that our suppliers are Target-compliant, InTouch has allowed EDG to maintain and expand our business.”
Kenny Law, Director Operations (Asia), Expressive Design Group
“InTouch has greatly improved the quality of our garments by working hand in hand with our factory to raise quality and communication standards. InTouch is a very valuable partner in our business.“
Mandy Eaton, President, Vintage Couture Inc.
“We definitely find that this partnership and the general quality and ‘China’ expertise that InTouch provides to our organization give us an edge against our competitors.”
Fred Durham, Director of Operations, Commercial Pro