• Elksourcing:Four Quality Checks You Should Know

    Elksourcing:Four Quality Checks You Should Know

    In China sourcing practices, there are four key quality checks, each corresponds to a particular step in the production process. I recommend you keeping them in mind, when it comes to doing business with Chinese suppliers. 1. Initial Production Check An Initial Production Check is the inspector’s visiting when all materials and components come in the factory. Factories are often suspected of lowering their costs by purchasing substandard materials, and this can be disastrous for the buyer. The Initial production check can also focus on the processes followed as production starts. Sometimes this can also be critical, as Chinese factories very often cut corners and do not respect the buyer’s blueprints.  2. During Production Check A During Production Check allows the buyer to have an idea of average product quality, early in the production cycle. It is a useful and under-rated tool at the disposal of importers, who often only rely…

  • 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:How to Find Reliable Chinese Suppliers?

    Elksourcing:How to Find Reliable Chinese Suppliers?

    The process of designing and developing a product idea into a finished product may seem daunting, but it can be achieved by partnering up with reliable suppliers. The followings are some tips about how to find reliable Chinese suppliers. 1). Connect with Manufacturers through Online Platforms There are various established online platforms dedicated to bring together renowned and reliable Chinese manufacturers under one roof, for your convenience. The platforms allow you to filter your search and locate manufacturers and suppliers specializing in producing the product of your choice. You will get contact information of the manufacturers on such platforms, where you can directly talk and discuss your exact product requirements. It will be good to try and connect to more than one supplier, so that you can compare the quality of the products and the price offered. Also, prioritize your search on the basis of the quantity you require and…

  • Elksourcing:Important Notes for Global Procurement Process

    Elksourcing:Important Notes for Global Procurement Process

    Any business that wants to reap the benefits of low-cost global markets needs to make a move towards procurement services. But there is a problem to start with. The problem faced by thousands of business owners is a lack of insight. In this article, I’d like to bring some important notes for global procurement process.  1.   Suitable Procurement Location One of the most fundamental decisions of procurement is the location/marketplace/country. Taking this key decision becomes easy with intelligent insights from a procurement service provider. Procurement agency professionals use advanced analytical mechanisms to study potential target markets. The market offering the best conditions and benefits is selected. 2.   Manufacturing (or buy-in) Are you sure that investing in a low-cost market will actually help you make considerable gains? What if better management and some tweaks can make manufacturing more profitable? Once again, this is a decision that should be taken with the help of intelligence…

  • Elksourcing:Common Practices to Make a Prototype

    Elksourcing:Common Practices to Make a Prototype

    So, you have a recurring dream about an innovative new product, or a persistent feeling there is a large need for the product you want to invent and get to market, you want to make it to real.  What are the common practices to turn a new product idea to a marketable product? You’ve got to get it made as a prototype for starters. And what are the necessary steps that must be taken to get you started in the prototyping process? Step 1: Draw your Design The first step in creating your initial product prototype is to create a sketch of your design both as a complete unit and separately, with the individual components. It is likely that you will end up with an entire sketch book of designs as your creative energies flow out onto paper. Being as detailed as possible will make the next steps in the process easier…

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