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How To Validate Your Supplier’s Factory’s Production Capacity (From Abroad) [Podcast]

You can’t visit suppliers in China due to coronavirus. How can you validate their production capacity without going on-site? As we head into 2021 travelling to see suppliers in Asia, in particular China, remains difficult for most buyers due to … Continue reading

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Tips For Continually Getting Good Results From A New Supplier | Vetting Chinese Suppliers (Part 11) [Podcast]

You’ve successfully vetted and started working with a new Chinese supplier. What’s next? In our mini-series on vetting Chinese suppliers, you will already have learnt about due diligence, factory audits and visits, exploring testing facilities, and much more when it comes … Continue reading

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7 Signs That Your Chinese Factory Is Poorly Managed [Infographic]

A poorly managed factory in China can cause you lots of problems. No matter if it’s your own factory or that of your supplier, these red flags spell danger for your business. So, what are the 7 telltale signs that … Continue reading

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27 Questions To Ask During A China Factory Visit

An in-person factory visit to your Chinese supplier’s facility is a great opportunity to get a deep understanding of who they are and if they’re capable of fulfilling your requirements. Your factory visit should be a fact-finding exercise rather than … Continue reading

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Producing Private Label Products From Existing Products In China: 3 Supplier Options

So you’re an importer with a product idea for a fairly common product that can be branded with your logo. What are your options to produce private label products in China?

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Developing New Products? Which Suppliers Are The Right Fit For You?

If you’re developing new products and need to find a manufacturer in China or Vietnam to produce your great idea, what are your options?

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How Important Are Safety/Compliance 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

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Coping With Coronavirus 1: Identifying & Vetting New Chinese Suppliers During the Epidemic

In light of the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak, are you concerned about how you’re going to be able to get your products made in China in 2020? In several provinces, factories are authorized to open only today — at the earliest. … Continue reading

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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?

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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!

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