• 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…

  • Elksourcing:Background Check on Chinese Suppliers

    Elksourcing:Background Check on Chinese Suppliers

    I frequently hear the stories about importers who take high risks by not doing any quality control and end up with bad results. In my opinion, the most under-rated tool to reduce risks in China is certainly running a background check on potential suppliers. 1) Choose the right target Do not waste time searching information about the company mentioned in the salesperson’s signature, or on the trade shows’ booth. They might actually steer you toward another company when time comes for payments. Ask for the company name and address that will be mentioned on the invoice. Or, better yet, ask for a pro forma invoice (if both parties already have a good idea of the products & pricing) and look at the company name on that document. 2) Scare unscrupulous companies away Tell potential suppliers that you’ll have their factory audited before any PO is issued, and later their production…

  • Elksourcing:Suggestions about How to Promote Your Products

    Elksourcing:Suggestions about How to Promote Your Products

    We all agree, the success of your products on market can vary greatly on how you promote them. In this article, I’ll share you some suggestions, following them will enable you to achieve a competitive advantage in the market and get better placement for your products. 1. Be honest The best way to promote your products would be to sell them the way they are! Focus on the upsides of your product or service but avoid outright bragging. Market researches show that people are less likely to go for products that just plainly state why they’re the best. Try to spice it up, but be honest about your products. This will not only make a good name for your product, but it will make people appreciate it more. 2. Hit multiple markets The chances of your product getting more attention will be much better if you launch it in multiple markets. This is especially…

  • Elksourcing:Tips about Sourcing from China

    Elksourcing:Tips about Sourcing from China

    For many businessmen, especially for small businesses and first-timers, sourcing from China can be a daunting task, as they might not have the resources to establish full-scale overseas operations as the way big businesses do.  Here are some tips that can help businesses like yours get an idea about the various options available out there in the market, and zero-in on the right supplier to meet your sourcing needs. 1). Check out various product manufacturers   Use various sourcing tools to get an overview of the options available in the market. An internet search on sites like Global Sources, Alibaba, etc. can generate great sourcing leads on reliable suppliers. Sourcing magazines & trade shows are also vast sources of information on wholesale distributors, manufacturers and suppliers of products. While social media cannot be used in isolation to identify suppliers or for product sourcing, it can be very useful to get feedback on particular suppliers. 2). Short-list suppliers Visiting…

  • Elksourcing:Benefits of Sourcing from China

    Elksourcing:Benefits of Sourcing from China

    China has emerged as a hot sourcing destination in recent times. A large number of organizations resort to sourcing activities to reduce their production costs. This will give marketers an upper hand as they can sell their products and services at minimal prices when compared to their competitors. There are some key benefits of sourcing from China: 1.    Skilled work force: The workers of the China are aware of the latest trends in technologies and more importantly, how to implement it in their operations. The education system in the China is different from most other countries. It is robust, affordable, and emphasizes professional skills like engineering and science. The labor force of the China is more and more versed in the technology development. This is indeed a major advantage for marketers as they can get access to the skilled workforce at lower rates.  2.    Emerging labor market: This is another factor that is intriguing for marketers to…

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