http://www.thesourcingblog.com China Sourcing Strategies & Essentials Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:01:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 80263227 The Ultimate Guide to Global Sources Hong Kong Exhibition – Free eBook http://www.thesourcingblog.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-global-sources-hong-kong-fair/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-global-sources-hong-kong-fair/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:31:24 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=838 This eBook is designed to help you well in advance to prepare and plan for your visit to the Global Sources Exhibitions so that you can maximize your return from the visit. Continue reading

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The Ultimate Guide to Trade Fairs in China with a Focus on Canton Fair – Free e-Book http://www.thesourcingblog.com/china-trade-fairs-canton-fair-free-ebook/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/china-trade-fairs-canton-fair-free-ebook/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:36:49 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=784 This 130+ Page eBook is designed to help you decide if Canton Fair is right for you and help you prepare and plan for it so that you can maximize your return from a visit to the Canton Fair. Continue reading

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Air Freight & Courier from China – Basics, Strategies & Issues http://www.thesourcingblog.com/air-freight-from-china-explained/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/air-freight-from-china-explained/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:17:37 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=668 Everything you need to need to know about air freight & courier when importing from China, along with tips for cutting logistics costs & issues to avoid. Continue reading

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Import from China to UK – Logistics & Landed Costs http://www.thesourcingblog.com/import-from-china-to-uk/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/import-from-china-to-uk/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:37:51 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=600 Everything about logistics & calculating landed costs of goods when you import from China to UK including a downloadable cost calculator & checklist. Continue reading

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How to get Suppliers in China to respond to your emails? http://www.thesourcingblog.com/get-china-suppliers-to-respond-to-emails/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/get-china-suppliers-to-respond-to-emails/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:44:11 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=547 Why Chinese suppliers don’t reply to email enquiries & requests for quotations & strategies to get them to reply to you with their price quotes. Continue reading

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5 Uncommon Reasons for Sea Shipping Delays from China http://www.thesourcingblog.com/5-uncommon-reasons-for-sea-shipping-delays-from-china/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/5-uncommon-reasons-for-sea-shipping-delays-from-china/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 10:00:55 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=520 5 uncommon & bizarre reasons for cargo shipment delays when importing from China. Continue reading

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5 Common Reasons for Shipping Delays from China http://www.thesourcingblog.com/10-causes-of-shipping-delays-from-china/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/10-causes-of-shipping-delays-from-china/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 11:16:01 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=484 Shipping delays from China can happen due to several factors like problems with China Customs. In this post we look at the reasons & how to avoid the delays Continue reading

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Importing From China? Avoid these 5 Common Mistakes http://www.thesourcingblog.com/importing-from-china-common-mistakes/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/importing-from-china-common-mistakes/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:47:53 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=461 Avoid these 5 common mistakes when importing from China to ensure that avoid import risks related to quality issues & keep your costs under control. Continue reading

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How to Spot genuine Manufacturers at a China Sourcing Fair http://www.thesourcingblog.com/china-sourcing-fair/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/china-sourcing-fair/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:00:18 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=393 When visiting a China Sourcing Fair, use these 5 tips to differentiate between manufacturers & traders, as traders would often claim to be manufacturers. Continue reading

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Is it worth spending money on a trip to Canton Fair? http://www.thesourcingblog.com/is-it-worth-spending-money-on-a-trip-to-canton-fair/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/is-it-worth-spending-money-on-a-trip-to-canton-fair/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:00:35 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=353 Canton Fair is just around the corner once again & I thought it would be a great time to answer a question that I often get from existing & potential clients, i.e. whether or not a trip to the Canton fair is worth their time. Continue reading

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Minimizing Risk through Payment Terms Negotiation with Chinese Suppliers http://www.thesourcingblog.com/minimizing-risk-through-payment-terms-negotiation-with-chinese-suppliers/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/minimizing-risk-through-payment-terms-negotiation-with-chinese-suppliers/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:00:14 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=318 When negotiating with suppliers on payment terms, it is extremely important to know how much leverage you have before starting the negotiation. Some of the key factors that dictate your “leverage” are: Continue reading

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8 Ways to Pay your Chinese Suppliers & Their Risks http://www.thesourcingblog.com/8-ways-to-pay-your-chinese-suppliers-their-risks/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/8-ways-to-pay-your-chinese-suppliers-their-risks/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:05:11 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=292 When importing from China or from any country for that matter, there is no “Best” Payment Method and the choice of method depends on several factors, with the most important being the amount of payment. In this post, I look at 8 payment method options that are commonly used by importers or feature in enquiries that I get, as well as their popularity, risk & acceptability. Continue reading

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How to Avoid Shipment delays during Chinese New Year http://www.thesourcingblog.com/avoid-logistical-delays-shipment-chinese-new-year/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/avoid-logistical-delays-shipment-chinese-new-year/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:53:04 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=257 In this part of the series on Chinese New Year, we look at the logistics situation in China during this period & how it impacts the entire supply chain, especially in regard to “delivery times” & “logistics costs”. Continue reading

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How does the Chinese New Year Impact Product Quality & Production Time? http://www.thesourcingblog.com/how-does-the-chinese-new-year-impact-product-quality-production-time/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/how-does-the-chinese-new-year-impact-product-quality-production-time/#respond Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:12:43 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=207 In this part of the Effects of the Chinese New Year on supplier & importers series we discuss how the Chinese New Year holiday affects the factories' production timings, how the factories prioritize pending and current orders and the factors that affect product quality during this period.

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Announcing the Launch of “The Sourcing Blog” http://www.thesourcingblog.com/announcing-the-launch-of-the-sourcing-blog/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/announcing-the-launch-of-the-sourcing-blog/#respond Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:54:10 +0000 http://www.thesourcingblog.com/?p=115 I am excited to announce the launch of the “The Sourcing Blog”. I hope through this blog, we can share information on subjects like, Sourcing from China, Quality Control, Supply Chain Management, Risk-Management & related areas. Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Documentary http://www.thesourcingblog.com/chinese-new-year-documentary/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/chinese-new-year-documentary/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 02:42:52 +0000 http://thesourcingblog.com/?p=19 Thousands of Chinese workers squeeze their way through train stations and enduring the long way home to spend the New Year with their love ones. Continue reading

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What happens in Chinese factories during the Chinese New Year? http://www.thesourcingblog.com/effects-of-the-chinese-new-year-on-manufacturing-part-1/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/effects-of-the-chinese-new-year-on-manufacturing-part-1/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:35:28 +0000 http://thesourcingblog.com/?p=15 This series of posts will go into the nitty-gritty of what happens in China & in particular in Chinese factories during the Chinese New Year, how it impacts importers and how they can be better prepared. Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a Chinese Sourcing & Trading Company? http://www.thesourcingblog.com/whats-the-difference-between-a-chinese-sourcing-trading-company/ http://www.thesourcingblog.com/whats-the-difference-between-a-chinese-sourcing-trading-company/#respond Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:57:03 +0000 http://thesourcingblog.com/?p=10 Key differences between a sourcing company and a trading company with regards to specialization, knowledge, interests, strategic objective, dispute management, network of supporting industries, and value added services. Continue reading

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