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Things you should know about designer bags and luggage manufactured in China

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China Manufacturing: Designer Bags and Luggage It should be obvious to all that designer bags are great for almost every situation. They are the only thing you want to have on your arm if you are the sophisticated type and you've got an avalanche of cash when going on your...

China Sourcing: Culture, Knowledge, & Details

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Why is it so important to have a great China sourcing agency? Because great sourcing is all about details. And details have a lot to do with culture and local knowledge. Your China team can help ensure that everyone in your Western office is on the same wavelength as your...

China Sourcing How-To: Qualifying Suppliers

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We are the age of information. All of it is readily available at your fingertips. And for many, the problem is no longer finding suppliers, but rather, qualifying suppliers. We previously wrote about how to verify factories (see China sourcing: How to verify factories). Since this blog, new importers continue to ask...

Supply Chain Planning for Omnichannel Retail

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For years, many retail companies have been moving towards online stores and shopping, and the pandemic served to accelerate this trend. Being the end user, this meant new choices and new experiences, real multiple channels to buy merchandise. For businesses supplying these end users, omnichannel retail has become a hot...

Cheap Factories and Your China Sourcing Program

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Recently, I read an article on QualityInspection.org, “The Danger of Choosing a ‘Cheap’ Chinese Factory.” The objective of most companies with China sourcing programs is to save money, it stands to reason that many importers are looking for cheap Chinese factories. But what happens when saving money becomes, in effect,...

Purchasing in China: LCL vs. FCL

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In the ever-evolving landscape of international trade, businesses face critical decisions that can significantly impact their bottom line. When it comes to purchasing in China, one such decision revolves around the choice between LCL (Less than Container Load) and FCL (Full Container Load). Let’s dive into the benefits of each...

China Sourcing Office Common Challenges

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When sourcing from China, to maximize your profits, ensure predictability and reliability, and make sure your interests are protected, you need to have a good team. Many companies get a “sourcing team” either by hiring agents or independent contractors. But for some companies, this means opening their own China sourcing...

China Sourcing Services: The 5 steps to sourcing success – Part 3

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This week’s blog is the final part of a three-part series on CPG’s China Sourcing Services Services, which provides you, the importer, with an expert sourcing team in China (Read Part 1 and Part 2).   As discussed, implementing the China Sourcing Solution comprises the following five steps:    Step 1: Understanding...

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