New Product Launch Plan: How We Assist You To Get It Right

Launching a new product is a decisive time for any business, especially SMEs, hardware startups, and entrepreneurs who are new to the process in China. We’ve been helping importers bring their products to market quickly and successfully for years. Read … Continue reading

How To Reduce Manufacturing Costs? The Lean Approach

The number one challenge of Chinese suppliers, as revealed by a recent survey, is reducing manufacturing costs. Their costs keep rising, but price competition is stronger and stronger. So how can you reduce costs?

How Sofeast's Client Project Management Support Works

“When we become a Sofeast client, how is our project managed?” This is a common question that new clients have, so in this post, we’re going to explain how our project management support works.

How To Handle Chinese New Year Manufacturing Disruptions_

We’re well into December now and so if you’re importing from China you should be getting ready for the annual Chinese New Year manufacturing disruption. CNY is an inescapable holiday that has wide-reaching effects on everyone, so how can you best handle … Continue reading

Do You Really Need A Sourcing Agent in China Or Can You Do It Yourself_

If you’re new to sourcing products from China, you may be wondering if you really need the assistance of a sourcing agent or whether to go it alone and do it yourself. How hard can it be, right?

10 Nasty Surprises For Small Buyers In China

Be warned, numerous nasty surprises await small buyers in China! But don’t worry, I’ll outline some of the common ones so you can either be prepared to face them or avoid them completely!

Quality System Audits vs Process Specific Audits

In this article, I want to contrast conventional quality system audits based on ISO 9001, and what I call process-specific audits. Why are each beneficial to importers, and what are the drawbacks you might find with them?

How Factory Audits, Inspections, and Lab Tests Fit Together

I am often asked questions such as “what is the difference between audits and inspections” or “why are lab tests necessary if you send an inspector”. In this article, I will show how these three types of solutions from Sofeast … Continue reading

Delivery & testing the tooling in the new supplier's factory

Negotiating the tooling transfer process can be really hard for importers who are moving to a new Chinese supplier. And making it work in practice takes some planning. It is far more complex than picking up and delivering a package. If … Continue reading

How To Bring In Quality Inspectors Without Upsetting Suppliers

Many buyers are fed up with quality issues that went unnoticed and ended up being shipped out, and they know something needs to change. One obvious way to contain issues is to bring in quality inspectors to check product quality … Continue reading