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My Manufacturer Is Forcing Me To Accept Poor Quality! | Disputes With Chinese Suppliers Q&A (Volume 11)

Sometimes your Chinese supplier will use various dirty tricks to push you into accepting products that don’t reach your quality standard. Why could this happen and what can you do about it? Find out here with a helpful example and … Continue reading

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IP Infringement In China. What To Do If You’re A Victim?

Here’s an interesting, yet unfortunate scenario about IP infringement in China. You have designed a new product and have found a Chinese manufacturing partner (supplier) to help develop and manufacture it under a manufacturing agreement. Nothing uncommon here. But how … Continue reading

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My Supplier Keeps Going Missing, Even When We Have Orders In Progress! | Disputes With Chinese Suppliers Q&A (Volume 10)

It can be very frustrating when a Chinese supplier isn’t responding to your messages when you have an order that you’ve already paid for in production, have urgent issues to discuss, or simply want to place an additional order. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Exploring Product Development Agreements For Importers [Podcast]

In This Episode… If you are developing a new product that is going to be manufactured in China or other Asian countries then there’s a good chance that you have product IP that needs to be protected unless the product … Continue reading

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Why Is A Pre-Production Sample So Important? [Podcast]

In This Episode… Sofeast’s CEO Renaud and Adrian from the team are discussing why a pre-production sample is so important for obtaining your desired results once your products go into mass production. What are PP samples? How do they evolve … 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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Importer’s ‘Supply Chain Spring Clean’ Checklist To Find Risks & Opportunities [Podcast]

Got some time on your hands during Chinese New Year while your suppliers are on holiday? In this bumper 43 minute Chinese New Year episode to keep you entertained during the holiday, Renaud & Adrian discuss tasks importers can perform … Continue reading

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How Far Does An NNN Agreement Need To Go To Protect Your IP In China?

Not every strong NNN agreement is perfect. For instance, your NNN agreement may seem to be ‘watertight,’ providing excellent protection of your IP, but it may lead to difficulties in working with Chinese suppliers if it’s too strict. Here at … Continue reading

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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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