• Elksourcing:Checklist to Choose a Chinese Manufacturer

    Elksourcing:Checklist to Choose a Chinese Manufacturer

    In many cases, small businesses make a factory selection based on completely irrelevant factors, such as your feeling to their website, the first impression to the company profile, or the promises made by a salesperson. However, I’d suggest you make decision per a solid checklist as described in the followings. 1: Main product What matters the most when selecting a Chinese manufacturer, is their capability, expertise and experience of manufacturing the same product you intend to purchase. Browse Alibaba for a few minutes and you find many suppliers, often registered as manufacturers, offering products that are very different in nature. There are plenty of reliable manufacturers selling related products. That said, if you are looking specifically for watch straps, better to find a watch strap manufacturer rather than a watch manufacturer, selling straps as a side business. 2: Main export markets A reliable Chinese manufacturer is not necessarily a manufacturer primarily exporting…

  • Elksourcing:Can Quality Products be Obtained from China?

    Elksourcing:Can Quality Products be Obtained from China?

    Although in many western people’s mindset, China is famous for “cheap” products, in fact, quality products can be obtained from a manufacturer in China, if the buyer can make some efforts in the process. The following are my suggestions. 1) Provide clear instructions Clear, concise, and detailed instructions are essential for obtaining high-quality products from a manufacturer in China. The more information that you provide, the more likely the manufacturer is able to make you the product in good quality. It is important to be as clear as possible and to set your minimum standards up front. Having someone to perform quality control in China on the ground will help ensure these standards are met. 2) Explain product’s function Explaining what the product does, so as to help the manufacturer ensure that they are making it correctly. Knowing what a product is expected to do at beginning when it is completed allows quality…

  • Elksourcing:Tips about Working with Chinese Suppliers

    Elksourcing:Tips about Working with Chinese Suppliers

    Having your products manufactured in China can help you keeping costs down, but only if you work with the right suppliers, and with the help of a professional inspection company. Here are some tips about how to work with Chinese suppliers. 1) Have a clear quality standard As the buyer, you need to be able to provide a supplier with the right quality standards. What may be important to you–such as the dimensions–may not be as important to other customers the supplier has. When you are able to clarify this early on, it will increase the likelihood that you will choose a supplier who can meet your criteria. 2) Learn about the supplier’s other clients In particular, see if you can find out who the supplier’s top clients are. When you take a look at the work done for the supplier’s biggest clients, you will get an idea of their…

  • Elksourcing:Choose an Inspection Company or Do It Yourself?

    Elksourcing:Choose an Inspection Company or Do It Yourself?

    After you place an order to a factory in China, you must be anxiously wait for the products. Besides of lead time, the most important thing is to make sure the products are made to your spec. How to insure it? You may choose an inspection company to do quality control on behalf of you, or you want to do it yourself?  1) Choosing an Inspection Company Choosing a China inspection company often makes sense for those who plan to have products manufactured in a factory there. Company selection should be as thorough a process as choosing a manufacturer, as you want to ensure that you will be able to communicate with the company effectively. This is the key to receiving high-quality goods from China without having to visit by yourself. Do your homework. Choosing a company that is easy to work with to represent your interests is a big decision, and…

  • Elksourcing:Skills Quality Control Specialist Should Have

    Elksourcing:Skills Quality Control Specialist Should Have

    As we know, for China sourcing, it is very important to check the quality of your products before shipments leaving China. From manufacturing to packaging to any other process at your supplier’s facility, having a skilled quality control specialist checking every step can benefit your business. These specialists use their knowledge and skillsets to help your company to run your sourcing business well, and you’re your time and money. 1) It All Comes Down to The Team One of the most important things in any business is the workers themselves. Having a team that works harmoniously means things will run smoothly like a well-oiled machine. Specialists in quality control in China will check that each team member is doing exactly what they need to do for the business to deliver the best product. Finding ways to save time and help each team member work at their best will ensure a high-quality standard…

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