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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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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

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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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A Factory Audit On A Small Factory. Worth It?

I see some well-meaning importers who pay to audit factories based on a checklist inspired by the ISO9001 standard. However, I am really questioning the value of a factory audit on a small factory (below 400-600 workers). Here’s why…

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