JLstyle - Custom Merchandise and Promotional Product Manufacturing

Thoughts on FOB Price Term

The goal of this post isn’t to get into the technicality of the Incoterms but to provide some practical tips on the FOB concept when sourcing your promotional merchandise from China.  […]

Bring Value & Motivate Your Suppliers

Bring value to your relationships with your China vendors. As a new buyer and building new relationships, you face disinterest from the suppliers. This is especially true when navigating fast-turnaround quotes for the promotional product business. […]

Promotional Product Sourcing: Domestic vs. Offshore

When sourcing promotional products, it goes without saying that there are differences in buying domestic versus importing. It should go without saying, but frequently buyers operate as if there is little to no difference. […]

Promo Products: Considerations Before Manufacturing Starts

Before the start of manufacturing is a critical time period that’s largely overlooked. As a buyer, you’re waiting to issue the Purchase Order to your vendor or send the deposit wire. This isn’t the time for casualness in your China sourcing project. […]

More Considerations Prior to Starting Your Promo Product Order

Before your order starts is sort of a final phase where you can reconsider and make sure you’ve covered all of your basis. Sure you can also adjust during the order, but sometimes, the factory may get so far, that any adjustment leads to a large money or time loss in the order. […]

The Benefit of Asking Your Vendor the Right Questions

In global promotional product sourcing, the buyer that’s prone to success is the buyer that asks questions. Learning to listen to what the offshore supplier says or doesn’t say is part of precise order control, […]

How China Factories View Promotional Product Inquiries

The fact is, that when overseas buyers source promotional products, they rarely deal factory direct. Because promotional product buyers deal in such a wide range of merchandise, it’s impossible for them to directly contract a factory for each inquiry and each order. But, in the instances when they do contact directly with a factory or their intermediary partner contacts with the factory, how do many China factories view potential promotional product business?  […]

More Deposit Payment Considerations in China Manufacturing

Sending the deposit payment before due diligence is detrimental to the smoothness and quality of your order. […]

Before You Make the Deposit Payment in China Manufacturing

In China manufacturing, make sure there is a level of assurance before you wire the first deposit payment to your supplier. Not so much to avoid a scams but to avoid misunderstandings in specs, thus resulting in incorrect mass production from the factory.  […]

5 Habits of Successful Promotional Product Importers

Promotional product importers are different than your average importer. They frequently work on a wide range of products and aggressive time frames. […]

Promo Item Sourcing: Describing Specs & Products

Things get tricky when describing products and expectations to Chinese suppliers. This is especially true in promo item sourcing. Here are some tips to assist in more efficient product & spec descriptions. […]

Promo Item Sourcing: Reviewing Supplier Price Quotes

China sourcing requires frequent interaction with supplier price quotes. Clients may have multiple price sheets per week to review. Thoughtfully reviewing supplier price quotes will avoid some of the inefficiencies that plague the importing process. […]

Tips on Strengthening Promotional Product Inquiries

Let’s talks about strengthening promotional product inquiries in China sourcing. In the promo industry, a common complaint when quoting offshore, is that the supplier didn’t answer, didn’t answer on time or didn’t thoroughly answer the inquiry. […]

Price Quote Questions in Promotional Item Sourcing

What questions come to mind when you look at your price quote? The post will obviously be geared to the promotional product distributor & importer… […]

Background Info to Provide China Supplier in Product Sourcing

In product sourcing, provide the right background info to the supplier. This gives the supplier a more accurate understanding of the project. The more accurate understanding, the more accurate the quote. An accurate quote is closely related to good quality mass production AND a timely delivery…which is the goal of the whole thing, right? […]

In this China product manufacturing blog, we hope to educate and share on manufacturing insight for promotional products, retail and product development.

Looking for JLstyle’s product line offering? Visit our product page.

Contact JLstyle