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Sourcing from China is lot more like chess than checkers.

You’re not usually going to be able to place an order as you would on Amazon. In fact, many potential customers and importers think that sourcing from an Alibaba-listed vendor is the same as purchasing on Amazon. Nothing could be further from the truth.

China sourcing requires abilities and experience in:

  • Vendor vetting and establishing. Are you going to go with the first vendor you find?
  • Ability to discern if this project is right to take offshore.
  • Knowledge in working cross-culturally, supplier communication…oh yeah, and a world of patience.

If you’ve come to our website looking to manufacture items for the ad speciality or retail industries, then please contact us about our product line and capabilities.

We would be eager to serve you and bid on relevant projects.

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. […]

18 03, 2016

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. […]

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. […]

6 03, 2016

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? […]

12 02, 2016

5 Ways to Assure Mass Production Success

Success in mass production doesn’t happen when solely left to the supplier, but it’s buyer and supplier working arm-in-arm. Here are 5 ways to assure success in mass production.  […]

28 01, 2016

5 Promotional Item Sourcing Tips

Buyers that tackle promotional item sourcing generally make the same mistakes. Sure, there are a ton of possible errors. But the core problems remain the same. I hope these tips shine some light on your offshore buying adventures and help you to avoid pitfalls. […]

19 01, 2016

8 Tips on Sampling Promotional Items from China

When sourcing promotional items from China, the sampling process is a critical step towards confirming the order. Here are 8 tips that streamline the sampling phase. […]

29 12, 2015

Promotional Product Distributors Establishing China Supply Chains

It is possible for promotional product distributors to better establish their China sources for products (suppliers and factories) BEFORE they need them.  […]

29 12, 2015

6 Ways to Emphasize Quality Expecations in Promo Merchandise Sourcing

When importers, distributors and direct brands tackle promo merchandise sourcing, generally they go through a bevy of suppliers. Think about how many different styles of items fall under the banner of promo merchandise. […]

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