• Elksourcing:Types of Inspections You Should Know for China Sourcing

    Elksourcing:Types of Inspections You Should Know for China Sourcing

    From my 20-year experience in China sourcing business, I’ve learned that solid quality inspections are crucial to the success of sourcing from China. However, many new importers are not familiar with the types of inspections and do not know what they should choose. I’m glad to share with you the brief inspections as following. Step 1: Pre-production inspection Make sure your supplier uses the right material and components is concerned by some customers. For example, a tumbler should be made from 304 stainless steel, but some unreliable supplier make is instead of 201 stainless steel; A die casting auto parts should be made from A 380 aluminums alloy, but supplier makes it by using ADC 12; A bicycle hub should be used ceramic bearing, but your supplier uses a stainless-steel bearing for you. When you received these products but find that they were not the products you have ordered. If your supplier is a reliable, honesty, and trustworthiness manufacturer, you don’t…

  • Elksourcing:How to Wholesale from China?

    Elksourcing:How to Wholesale from China?

    Before you start to wholesale from China, you need to figure out below issues. 1. Who are the right wholesale suppliers? Many people think real manufacturers in China will give a lower price than middleman when purchasing from China. But, things are not like that. All of the manufacturers in China have MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) requirement that Chinese suppliers will not produce products for you if the quantity on your purchase order cannot reach their lowest quantity requirement. And most of Chinese suppliers set different price for different quantity level. For example, MOQ 100 PCS, the unit price is 10 USD, however, MOQ 500, the unit price is 9 USD. For most of small business owners, they always hire a Chinese agent as their purchasing partner in China. For the people who cannot visit China in person but know how to import goods from China, they would rather source products through a buying office or purchasing partner in China which…

  • Elksourcing:4 Reasons Why It is Hard to Find a Chinese Factory

    Elksourcing:4 Reasons Why It is Hard to Find a Chinese Factory

    Even though China has a reputation as a country that manufactures everything, it is often surprisingly hard to find a factory in China. Here, our experienced China sourcing agents discuss some common reasons why finding a reliable, suitable Chinese factory can be so challenging. 1. Language and Cultural Barriers It is one of the more obvious reasons, but it bears mentioning: There are huge language and cultural barriers that separate western businesses from Chinese manufacturers. While English proficiency is rapidly growing in China, there are still many small and mid-sized factories that have no employees who can speak fluent English. Beyond this, you also have to deal with other, more difficult to define, cultural barriers. 2. Many Chinese Factories Do Not Market Themselves Well In the grand scheme of things, China as a global manufacturer power is still a relatively new phenomenon. Many Chinese manufacturing companies are still in their early…

  • Elksourcing:6 Things to Look for in a Chinese Manufacturer

    Elksourcing:6 Things to Look for in a Chinese Manufacturer

    Do you want to get your products made in China? If so, there are many Chinese manufacturing firms that offer services that are well suited for your needs. However, finding the right manufacturer in China can be an extremely difficult process. Indeed, we have heard horror stories of Western business people who have had products made in China on their own, only to end up very disappointed with the subpar results. Before you commit to a Chinese manufacturer, you need to know what to look for to find the right partner for your business. (1) Industry Experience: When working with a Chinese manufacturer, it is best to work with a firm that has extensive experience working within your industry. Regardless of your products, from clothing to tools, it is imperative that you seek a firm with relevant industry experience. (2) Experience with Similar Products: Additionally, you should also work with a company…

  • Elksourcing:How to Develop Good Relationships with Chinese Suppliers?

    Elksourcing:How to Develop Good Relationships with Chinese Suppliers?

    When importers decide to source from China, they must invest in developing good relationships with potential and existing Chinese suppliers. Three aspects are essential to implement a good supplier management strategy in China: (1) Know your suppliers inside out.  Identifying and knowing your suppliers is important for building an enduring relationship. There are no shortcuts in this kind of relationship building. Visit suppliers and see their technical capabilities and capacity with your own eyes. This includes their machinery and equipment, their process technologies, the number and qualifications of their employees, and the like. A bid is no guarantee of a supplier’s willingness and ability to meet your volume and quality requirements or future competitiveness. (2) Develop strong relationships with fewer suppliers. Identify a few suppliers that are willing to commit to a long-term relationship and to jointly creating a competitive advantage. To avoid fragmentation of the supply base, stop bidding out each…

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