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How does working with Sofeast’s R&D team to develop my new product compare to other methods?

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product? If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or … Continue reading
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Can you make a prototype of my product idea?

We need to review your product idea, and how mature it is. If you don’t have a design yet, we can put you in contact with a design house. What we can do at an early stage is a review … Continue reading

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42 USD per hour is not a low price, and we can find cheaper on Upwork. Can you reduce it?

If you have a very clearly documented project, you are used to developing new products for manufacturing in Asia, and you are comfortable managing all the technical work, Upwork may be a great place to find engineers. We will still … Continue reading

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What is a “man day”?

Many services of our Quality Assurance department are billed based on the number of man-days. A man day includes approximately 5 hours of productive work on site, but also accounts for transportation, lunch break, and the time to study the … Continue reading

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What information do you need, to give a confirmed quotation?

We need to know where the factory is (which city, and if possible which district), what you are buying and in what quantity, and what your needs and requirements are.

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Instead of always paying for hours of work, is it possible to pay you a percentage of the orders?

No, we have never done this. Think of us as a professional service provider. We always have to be paid for our work. We can sometimes propose flat fees for specific deliverables, but we never do work on a contingency … Continue reading

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So, do you do the usual work of a sourcing agent?

We fulfil many of the same functions, but our business model is a bit different. We keep our clients by providing value, not by making ourselves indispensable, and certainly not by keeping certain information close to our chest (our clients … Continue reading

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Can you give us the contacts of good factories?

First, what is a good factory for importer A may not be a good factory for other buyers. Read why there is no such thing as “a good factory” in this blog post Second, we can probably help you, but … Continue reading

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What are the average shipping lead-times?

Lead-time given is only for international transit time, customs clearance at the destination is excluded from this and may vary.  Express courier:  4-5 days for Priority shipments and 7-8 days for Economy shipments Air shipment: 7-10 working days Sea shipment: … Continue reading

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When do shipping costs rise?

In the international shipping industry, “peak season” refer to months leading up to holiday seasons resulting in shipping costs to increase and warehouses to blast. Peak season – October to February  Off-season –  March to May  Normal season – June … Continue reading

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