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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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How To Qualify A Contract Manufacturer Or Component Supplier [Podcast]

We’re often asked how to qualify a contract manufacturer or component supplier. In this episode, Renaud explores the best practices importers could follow when sourcing new manufacturers or suppliers in China, or beyond. This includes sourcing options (who to use), … Continue reading

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9 Things Small Importers Can’t Negotiate With Chinese & SE Asian Suppliers [Podcast]

In This Episode… Renaud is joined by Adrian for a conversation about some of the things that smaller companies who are getting products manufactured abroad either cannot or will have great difficulty negotiating with suppliers in China, Vietnam, or other … Continue reading

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How To Switch To A Newer, Better Chinese Manufacturer? [eBook]

Our contract manufacturing subsidiary, Agilian Technology which is based just a little north of Shenzhen airport, has just launched this new eBook which guides you through how and why you may want to switch away from your current Chinese manufacturer … Continue reading

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How To Find Trustworthy Suppliers In China In 2021

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we have had numerous customers who are sourcing new components, materials, and products come to us requesting our help with how to find trustworthy suppliers in China. There are 2 key reasons for … Continue reading

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Why The Bill Of Materials (BOM) Is A Key Document For Importers [Podcast]

The Bill Of Materials – more important than you may think! The Bill Of Materials is an incredibly important document which spans the product development process and evolves as you get closer to mass production. It provides all of the … Continue reading

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How Do Sofeast Help Source New Chinese Suppliers? [Process Breakdown + Costs]

If you’re in a position where you need to find a new Chinese supplier or are moving from an existing one and choose us to source and provide you with them in the new factory identification solution, here’s roughly what … Continue reading

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Quality Audits VS Process Audits [Comparison and Pros & Cons]

We’ve been speaking quite a lot about factory audits recently in our podcast mini-series about vetting Chinese suppliers. In particular, let’s compare quality audits vs process audits. Many buyers will send in a quality auditor. There are advantages to this … 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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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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