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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...

Nightmarish Tales of China Sourcing: Time, Money, and Toy Dolls Gone Rogue

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Once upon a time, in a world where every product seemed to bear the tag “Made in China,” there existed a treasure trove of China-sourcing horror stories. These stories will make you cringe, shrink, and pity the companies involved. From recalls that threatened global giants to rogue toy dolls in...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Importing From China

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Importing from China never comes easy, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Despite difficulties, there are a number of ways importers can make their sourcing supply chain run more smoothly. At the same time, there are a number of ways to make China sourcing seem impossible. One good way...

How Clear Quality Specifications Can Help When Sourcing from China

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“Oh my gosh! These are not what I ordered! This is terrible!”  Such things are often heard when some importers who buy direct from China receive their goods in their warehouses. How do such things happen? It is likely because they did not have clear quality specifications in place. A...

Sourcing from China: How to Perform a SWOT Analysis

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If you’re sourcing from China, you understand the importance of management and you are probably already evaluating your systems and processes on a regular basis to ensure that they are running optimally and according to your plans and your vision. (If you’re not, you really should.) SWOT stands for “Strengths,...

China Sourcing: Hiring Teams vs. Individuals

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One common dilemma importers often face is the decision of whether to hire a China sourcing agent or a China sourcing agency. You hire people to get results.  But hiring is a big investment of time and resources.  To get a good return on that investment, you need to find...

The Return to China Pt 2: 8 Tips for a Great Sourcing Trip 

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In our last travel blog, The Return to China Pt 1, we covered how to carefully plan and prepare a trip to China for a factory visit or a trade fair. And, due to the complexities and challenges of such a grueling international trip, many companies are choosing not to...

China Sourcing: What to include in the PSS?

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There are many tools importers use to ensure success with a supplier when they buy direct from China. One of these tools is the Product Specification Sheet (PSS). This document is used to specify the buyer’s requirements and to ensure that they are implemented at the factory level by making...

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