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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.  […]

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. […]

19 10, 2016

8 Ways to Facilitate the Quoting Process

The quoting process frequently becomes an extended ordeal because the RFQ lacks info that otherwise would’ve greased the engine of smoothness. Here are 8 ways to avoid time loss, misunderstandings and help your supplier be more efficient in the quoting process. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

20 04, 2016

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, […]

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