• Elksourcing:Advice about Managing China Manufacturers

    Elksourcing:Advice about Managing China Manufacturers

    After hard work for some while, you have verified a few manufacturers when sourcing from China. One of them will be your first choice, and hopefully you will have a couple of “backups”. What is the best way to handle them? And what about the unfortunate situation where your “first choice” disappoints you? 1. Cultivate your “second choice” With a bit of luck, you have found and verified a supplier that seems quite promising. If you want to reduce your risks of long delays, I strongly encourage you to keep communication open with a few more suppliers. I even believe you should spend the time and the money to verify at least one more supplier, and to start working on pre-production samples with that supplier, even though they are not your first choice. 2. Those “never again” suppliers Some suppliers will prove to be untrustworthy. The worst scenario, which happens every day,…

  • Elksourcing:Top 3 Ways to Find Chinese Suppliers

    Elksourcing:Top 3 Ways to Find Chinese Suppliers

    The rewards from doing business can be great but if things go wrong you end up at the opposite end of that great scale. This is why I always promote that buyers, especially those new to sourcing from China take time to make an informed decision before making a financial commitment. What sources can I use to find reliable Chinese suppliers? 1. B2B Websites such as the Alibaba, Global Sources & Made in China tend to dominate this side of things and the accessibility for the services here make it really appealing. Sitting anywhere in the world communicating in real time with someone at a factory in China is pretty cool. So that bit is relatively easy BUT It’s not a sure-fire way to reliability as there are lots of con artists on there too. Don’t follow generic information, only follow real information even if it’s a bit rough around the edges….

  • Elksourcing:4 Aspects to Look at Before You Import Products from China

    Elksourcing:4 Aspects to Look at Before You Import Products from China

    Are you looking to importing products from China? Before you proceed with an order and pay the bill, pls look at below 4 aspects, they will help you get into serious sourcing business. 1.Product specifications Why do you need to figure out the product specifications? 1). Your potential suppliers will have to make an official quotation based on your required product details. 2). In China, there are many quality levels: basic quality, okay quality, good quality, excellent quality etc. You won’t like too much surprise especially on price and quality because of misunderstanding on product specifications. 3). The supplier might want to cut corners where the product requirement is “blurring”. If you don’t confirm with them as much detail as possible, they can be too lazy to mention OR they are more willingly to just let it go. 4). Most suppliers only have the initiative to make an offer if you know…

  • Elksourcing:Important Sampling Process for Sourcing from China

    Elksourcing:Important Sampling Process for Sourcing from China

    When you have spent time to find and verify the good suppliers, and decided to actually start sourcing from China, pls do remember an important process: Sampling. You will need to request samples and manage the samples properly. In this article, I will share you some good practices.1. Sample types A. Prototype sample After getting your design, before actually invest to cut moulds, it makes sense to make a prototype sample first. Usually, the sample is made by laser cutter, or by 3D printer. B. Pre-production sample Before starting mass production, it’s better to ask factory to make a few samples with actual moulds and machines. You can check the sample details, workmanship, specifications and much more. If the pre-production sample works well, you will be confident to approve mass production. In case it doesn’t meet some of your requirements, you may ask for adjustment to the moulds and remaking pre-production…

  • Elksourcing:5 Ways to Improve Response Rate from China Suppliers

    Elksourcing:5 Ways to Improve Response Rate from China Suppliers

    It happens often that you send enquiries to the China suppliers you find online, but do not get any response after a few days, even a few weeks! Why do not the suppliers respond to your emails? Do not they want to do business and make money? It’s frustrating. In this article, let’s look at 5 ways that you can implement to improve the response rate. 1. Drafting detailed product requirements An email with very limited information about what a buyer wants, is not taken too seriously, as it is a sign that the client is not invested in the process, i.e. hasn’t done his own research and hence the deal is not likely to close. From my experience over the years, when we receive enquiries with very limited information we are almost certain those enquiries are not likely to result in business as the lead is simply not ready to import…

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