• Elksourcing:Type of Quality Inspections in Supply Chain

    Elksourcing:Type of Quality Inspections in Supply Chain

    Quality inspection is an important part of the manufacturing process and have a place in a number of areas of the supply chain. The inspection of products is also appropriate in other areas of the supply chain such as inspections during the manufacturing process, inspection of the final finished product, and inspections while the items are stored in the warehouse. 1) Inspection of Samples The quality inspection occurs so that a company can verify that the samples are within certainly prescribed tolerances in order for the mass products to be useful. For example, a company may purchase an aluminum part to be used in their manufacturing process, but before it can be used, it has to be inspected to see that the part is within the tolerances to be used in the process. When a purchasing agreement is made with a vendor, it will define the characteristics of the product that are to…

  • Elksourcing:4 Ways to Find Reliable Suppliers in China

    Elksourcing:4 Ways to Find Reliable Suppliers in China

    Many buyers are probably familiar with the stress that comes with finding reliable suppliers in China. Especially, when there are hundreds of suppliers claiming to have what you need. How do you know the suppliers you have chosen are reliable? In this article, I’d like to share you 4 main ways to do it. 1) B2B Sourcing Platforms The biggest platforms are Alibaba, AliExpress, Made-In-China, and Global Sources. Keep in mind that your best prices and long-term relationships with suppliers will unlikely come from these sources. Sourcing platforms are directories, which consist of suppliers who pay fees to have their products displayed on the site. There are thousands of suppliers and millions of individuals browsing them. If you do that math, you’ll realize that many suppliers will get hundreds of RFQs a day, unfortunately for them; more than half of the individuals submitting RFQs are just browsing, or low ballers who…

  • Elksourcing:Tips about Verifying a Chinese Supplier

    Elksourcing:Tips about Verifying a Chinese Supplier

    In the industry of importing from China, it is easy to find many Chinese suppliers on Internet, such as B2B websites, however, it is uneasy to find a good one, one that meets all of our requirements. In the online showroom, the supplier looks perfect, but it may not be. In this article, I want to share some tips about verifying a Chinese supplier. 1). Network preliminary screening We can Google the supplier’s name to see if there is any information on the Internet that is detrimental to the company. If so, there is no need to continue, try to find other suppliers. Even if it doesn’t have any negative news on the Internet, that doesn’t mean he’s trustworthy and reliable. It needs to be verified in other ways. 2). Entrust a third-party company Many companies in China can do credit checks on suppliers and can entrust these companies to help you…

  • Elksourcing:Tips about Finding Reliable Suppliers

    Elksourcing:Tips about Finding Reliable Suppliers

    There are a number of factors contributed to the success of your business. Among them, the crucial part should be locating a reliable supplier for a product you have in mind. Either you want to import it or find it in a local market. No matter which you choose, you have to identify a reliable supplier, which should be the key to run a smooth business. But how will you find such a supplier? 1). Getting you prepared You will have to develop a group of suppliers who can give you happy deals without any aversion. The most important things you must look for should be the price, quality, and speed. Price: Finding suppliers with low price is a difficult task. There’s a chance of importing low-quality products. If you’re looking for a good customer response, then think very little about cheaper products. But, if you want to make a large purchase,…

  • Elksourcing:Yes or No to Use Agents for Shipment?

    Elksourcing:Yes or No to Use Agents for Shipment?

    If you are an Amazon seller, you need to constantly ship products from China to Amazon FBA. Do you want to arrange by yourself, or to use agents? Here are a few key advantages you can avail if you choose to use agents in getting your products shipped from China to FBA: 1) Higher Consolidation If you are using agents, they will make sure that your products leave China in a consolidated form. This will increase the safety of the products and the chances of them matching the standards set by Amazon. 2) Ensuring Inspection If there are any specific changes being made to the packaging of your product to meet the Amazon standards, you will be called by the agents to inspect them thoroughly before they are shipped out of China. You can suggest them any changes you feel regarding any aspect of shipment and the agents will duly implement…

  • Elksourcing:What Can a QC Company Do for You?

    Elksourcing:What Can a QC Company Do for You?

    When importers sourcing in China, it is very important to make sure the quality of your products, so, you may need quality inspection service from a third-party QC company. The main role of a QC inspection is to spot, and report issues based on the standards agreed upon by the client and supplier, the QC inspector will thoroughly check chosen goods per sampling plan, conduct visual inspection, function check, on-site test, and confirm packaging and other details. The QC inspector visit the factory and check the products according to the customer or importer’s criteria. sampling the products according to AQL standard, any issues found are documented on-site in a detailed report, which is then sent to the importer for review. Based on the actual findings shown on inspection report, the importer can make a decision whether to ship the products. If serious problems are spotted, the importer can reject the lot…

  • Elksourcing:Tips about Finding a Supplier in China

    Elksourcing:Tips about Finding a Supplier in China

    Suppose you come up with an idea of certain products which you have market channels, and you want to find a supplier in China because of the low product development cost and low production cost there.  If you Google the product name, you will find tons of China suppliers. However, it is difficult to choose. Many people get frustrated because they have been communicating with suppliers in China for months, but fail to move forward. The reason, most likely, is that they did not find the suitable one at the beginning. To successfully find a suitable China supplier, you need a strategy. Below are some practical tips to find a suitable Chinese supplier for you. 1. Understand what you need. You need to first know what is available and have a way to categorize the information. For example, if you need to import products in a narrow range, you may…

  • 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…

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