Author Archives: Adrian Leighton

DIY Sourcing From China Part 2: Negotiations, Terms, Leverage, & Quality Standards [Podcast]

We originally discussed the types of suppliers you might use when sourcing from China, including the option to do your own sourcing! In order to help importers who want to follow that route, we’re creating a series of episodes that … Continue reading

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What’s The Cost Of Quality? [Podcast]

Our CEO Renaud Anjoran is joined again by Clive Greenwood and Max Phythian in this episode where they delve into the cost of quality. They have an interesting and lively discussion about what the costs are that are related to … Continue reading

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Can Getting To Market First Stop Copycats? [Podcast]

A recent China Law Blog article outlined why getting to market first with your new product isn’t great protection against copycats these days, especially if corners have been cut in the name of speed. Some entrepreneurs believe that skipping IP … Continue reading

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Why The New Product Design & Introduction Process Is More Complex Than You May Think [Podcast]

Sofeast’s CEO Renaud Anjoran is joined by an experienced British product designer and friend of the podcast Andy Bartlett to discuss the NPI process and product design best practices for new and unique products, with a focus on the early … Continue reading

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Exploring The Key New Product Development Deliverables [Podcast]

Join our CEO Renaud Anjoran as he talks you through the new product development process and its various deliverables that form milestones for the buyer and help assure that you get quality and safe products going into mass production. You’ll … Continue reading

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DIY Sourcing From China Part 1: Good Fit, Sourcing, Vetting, & Backups [Podcast]

In this episode of the podcast: What are your 4 options when sourcing suppliers in China? [Podcast] we discussed that sourcing your own new suppliers in China was an option open to importers. So, let’s say you want to find … Continue reading

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Tips On How To Get Suppliers To Zero Defects [Podcast]

Sofeast’s CEO Renaud Anjoran is joined by two very experienced manufacturing practitioners and consultants to discuss how to drive a zero-defect initiative with your key suppliers. Podcast regular and six sigma black belt Clive Greenwood and pure lean consultant Max … Continue reading

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5 Challenges Faced By Importers With Asian Supply Chains Going Into 2022 [Podcast]

Chiefly due to Covid importers have been struggling with disrupted supply chains, high shipping costs, longer lead times, and more unpleasant effects since the pandemic hit in early 2020. Unfortunately, there are 5 challenges that our CEO Renaud Anjoran believes … Continue reading

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Nearshoring To Mexico. An Alternative To China? [Podcast]

Have you considered Mexico as an alternative to China for your manufacturing? Dan Harris at China Law Blog recently wrote this blog post: “Mexico is the New China” and Manufacturers are Moving There. In it he suggests why US companies, … Continue reading

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How The EU MDR Will Change The Medical Device Industry Forever [Podcast]

Our CEO Renaud is joined again by Clive Greenwood, a China-based product compliance expert, to discuss the new EU MDR. We all heard about the Wild West of PPE imports in the early days of the pandemic where worrying amounts of substandard … Continue reading

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