Sourcing Knowledge

10
Feb

121th Spring Canton Fair 2017 April – Phase 1 Introduction

121th Spring Canton Fair 2017 April  – Phase 1   Canton Fair(China Import and Export Fair) is the largest trade fair with the largest scale, the most complete exhibit variety, the broadest distribution of overseas buyers and  the greatest business turnover held in Guangzhou(Canton) China. Over 20,000 venders, about 100,000 buyers will attend the fair twice a year. The coming

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3
Jan

6 steps and 1 key to reduce subcontracting risks in China

I wrote before that the vast majority of Chinese manufacturers find it natural to subcontract certain orders. There are two main problems with this: It seems like a disproportionate number of quality issues occur on batches on which a key process was subcontracted. Walmart and other retailers are driving transparency and are ready to cut a supplier out if production is found

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21
Dec

9 Ways to Find & Verify Chinese Suppliers You Can Trust

You come across a Chinese supplier online. The organization looks all right. There’s potential for a business opportunity that could really take off. BUT there are many scams, fakes, and just plain bad suppliers out there to watch out for. So how do you make sure you’re doing business with a legitimate supplier who you can trust? Don’t worry, you’re

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20
Dec

11 Solutions to Private Label Your Products

This year we have supported 80 people of an Amazon training program from the U.S. They needed our help to import from China and ship to Amazon’s FBA center. Although they are new to this business, they really focus on designing own packaging and adding private label to every single product for branding strategy. There are too many articles on

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18
Aug

How to Find a Good China Buying Office

A good Buying Office, Sourcing Agent or Purchasing Agent plays a very important role in doing safe and smooth business in China, especially when you’re placing a large order: Sourcing and Verifying qualified suppliers, Quality Control, Loading Process Supervision, Warehousing, Shipping Support, Business Risk Control, Legal Contract Support and After-sale service etc. However, It is NOT easy to find a

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23
Apr

Negotiating with Chinese manufacturers

It doesn’t take an expertise in economics to know China manufactures a lot of stuff – just look at the label on your computer, floor lamp, and shoes. It is remarkable just how, three and a half decades after Beijing first launched market reforms, the country’s dominance in global manufacturing endures. This fantastic infographic from the International Business Times, puts

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20
Apr

Why You Can’t Find Factories in China

Many importers who are purchasing products from China want to find real factory suppliers, not any middle men or trading companies, though this is not an easy task. The topic “how to find factory in China” is discussed frequently in many Facebook/LinkedIn groups and trading forums that related to “import from China”. But unfortunately most answers areuseless, such as visit China in

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28
Dec

7 Tips to Avoid Delay by Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (CNY) of 2016 is getting closer, and recently I have received lots of emails by customers. They are wondering how their orders will be produced and shipped during this period, as needing to avoid any delay brought by CNY. By searching in Google, I didn’t find any detailed suggestions about how to avoid the producing and shipping

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17
Apr

Sourcing Agents in China: the Good and the Ugly

A reader recently asked me how to find a good sourcing agent in China. Many dark stories involving rogue sourcing agents shapes my opinion on this topic. My response will probably sound radical to first-time importers. The way I see it, you have two options if you need someone on the ground to source and follow new suppliers: You hire

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