JLstyle - Custom Merchandise and Promotional Product Manufacturing

China Sourcing

China sourcing and manufacturing for the promotional product industries around the globe. From Suzhou, China, JLstyle manages, designs and manufactures premium merchandise campaigns for world renown brands.

Categories we manufacture:

  • Headwear (caps, beanies)
  • Bags (backpacks, handbags, ladies’ bags)
  • Brewery, retro cooler items (anything for alcohol brands)
  • Custom merchandise (items that require in-depth customization)

For China sourcing promotional product ideas:  www.JLstyle.com/products

28 11, 2016

10 Sampling Tips for China Sourcing

Sampling, after the RFQ phase is part of the foundational to the start to a China manufacturing project. Concerns and setbacks during the sample phase, prove the project to be starting on shaky ground. If sampling is smooth and gives keen insight into the product and type of supplier you’re working with, then you’re on the right path. […]

25 11, 2016

Supplier & Buyer Communication in China Sourcing

Many China manufacturing problems between buyer and supplier all boil down to communication.  This all bleeds over into service and more importantly, into the quality of the goods. When both sides increase understanding, both sides are then working with a higher quality product. Communication, in its various forms is what keeps buyers up-to-speed and what keeps the trust level up.  […]

21 11, 2016

4 Things to Consider When Your Supplier Quotes a High Price

A buyer opens the quote sheet, their eyes immediately float to the price per piece and they see a high price. “Sigh, the search continues for a quote. Was hoping that supplier would work out, but they gave me a high price”. They close the sheet and continue searching and shopping about. Frustration plagues the process. But before you write off a supplier based on a “high price” here are 4 considerations to ponder. […]

4 11, 2016

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Emailing Your Quote Request

Buyers frequently rush out quote requests to their suppliers as if structure or readability have absolutely no importance. Here are 10 questions to ask numero uno (you!) before emailing your RFQ to your China or offshore vendor. […]

5 09, 2016

Stylistic Tips For Your Promo Product RFQ – Part 2

Successful promo product campaigns start with a professional RFQ. In China sourcing, if the RFQ lacks, it’s no surprise that the vendor’s price quote also lacks. Initial low effort sets the project on the WRONG path. From the beginning, work to optimize your promo product RFQ. […]

26 08, 2016

Things to Include in Your Promotional Product RFQ – Part 1

An effective RFQ is the start of a successful China sourcing project. As we all know the RFQ is the “request for quotation” and it’s basically when you contact the supplier to provide you a quote. So what to include in that RFQ? Let’s get to it…. […]

8 08, 2016

Be Thorough in Your Initial Inquiry

When quoting an offshore campaign, be as thorough as possible in the initial inquiry. In China sourcing, there’s already going to be sufficient questions and emails back-and-forth between you and your Chinese supplier. Minimize misunderstandings by being thorough in that first RFQ or inquiry out the gate. […]

12 07, 2016

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.  […]

3 07, 2016

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. […]

8 06, 2016

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. […]

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