The 7 Most Common New Product Launch Pitfalls in China

Western companies increasingly work with Chinese manufacturers on product development for their new product launch. In most cases, things don’t turn out the way customers want. I thought I’d highlight the 7 most common new product launch pitfalls I have … Continue reading

How important are laboratory certifications for your made-in-China product_

While developing and manufacturing a new product in China, it is worthwhile trying to get laboratory certifications that demonstrate the safety and compliance of your products. Why? It’s about your liability and about what your customers will think of your … Continue reading

OEM, ODM, Contract Manufacturers: Which Chinese Supplier To Choose?

By Fabien Gaussorgues, Sofeast COO Do you prefer to work with an OEM or an ODM? What are their pros and cons? And what is a CM? This is particularly important if, as the importer, you want to develop a new … Continue reading

process fmea root cause analysis

Process FMEAs are so useful for businesses who are serious about reducing risk in design or production… and so poorly conducted in China. But before we explain how to conduct yours, just what is a Process FMEA in the first … Continue reading

How Long To Wear Surgical Masks & N95 Respirators For Best Performance

As we become accustomed to a world with Coronavirus, clients have increasingly asked us for guidance on how long to wear surgical masks and N95 respirators for best performance. While we are not medical professionals, here’s some information that may … Continue reading

How To Get Responses To Inquiries For PPE Products From Chinese Suppliers_ 5 Tips

The market for PPE (personal protective equipment) is booming and, although many Western countries are starting to see positive progress against coronavirus, the need to buy these items is unlikely to dissipate any time soon. But some importers have had … Continue reading

How To Work With Sofeast To Obtain & Import Coronavirus Medical Supplies & PPE [FAQs]

During the coronavirus pandemic, we’re working with a lot of importers to help them obtain relatively safe and market-priced (as fair as is possible) medical supplies and PPE from China. Clients often have similar questions about this, so here are … Continue reading

disputes with chinese suppliers

Nearly every week, a few clients come to us for help with various disputes with their Chinese suppliers. We’ll share some of the broad strokes here (no identifying client information included) so you can avoid these issues, too, or at … Continue reading

Disputes with Chinese suppliers Volume 2

In this volume we will address the concerns of importers who are using a Chinese OEM to add a logo to existing products that will then be sold abroad.

How To Package Tooling Properly So It Doesn’t Get Damaged Or Rust Unnecessarily Quickly In Transit

We’ve already blogged about the tooling transfer process in China and, as a follow-up, here are our tips on how to package tooling correctly so that it is safe and doesn’t rust unnecessarily quickly in transit.