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18 02, 2017

Pre-Production Samples: Critical Points When Confirming

We’ve been going through the gambit of points on sampling; how to make the process smoother, obstacles, when to confirm, etc…  In this 3rd post on the sampling phase, let’s look at critical points during the sign-off phase. […]

6 12, 2016

More on Sampling Process: Once the Samples Arrive…Then What?

Once the samples arrive from the factory is a critical moment in the sampling process. This is a big moment for buyers because it’s sort of that time period where you see your quoting and sourcing work start paying off. You’re opening a FedEx package that usually marked with Chinese characters and layers of airway bills, excited that you’re going to see your product in the flesh.  […]

15 09, 2016

Promotional Item RFQ: Vital Components – Part 3

Leaving certain aspects OUT of a promo item RFQ leads to a less than accurate quote from your China vendor. Vital information in the RFQ gives vendors what they need for accurate quoting. […]

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…. […]

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.  […]

28 05, 2016

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. […]

30 05, 2016

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. […]

12 04, 2016

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. […]

13 03, 2016

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. […]

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