How you go about searching, qualifying, and choosing a supplier is the best predictor about the eventual success or failure of your importing business. Do not take this decision on the basis of a good human contact. And, on the other hand, do not feel reassured by the view of a large and shiny manufacturing facility.
The sourcing process
When should you request quotations from Chinese factories?
In China, don’t search for the cheapest supplier
Directories of Chinese suppliers/manufacturers
Factory audits & verifications
Infographic: how a factory audit works
Finding a suitable Chinese supplier is an art more than a science
Chinese factories: what can be checked
Is an export license a must for Chinese suppliers?
What questions can you ask a Chinese factory during a visit?
What can you observe in a Chinese factory?
Working with sourcing agents
The 3 types of sourcing companies in China
Top 10 mistakes when outsourcing your China sourcing
How to improve your Chinese supplier pool?
Imposing fines on Chinese suppliers
How to avoid problems with suppliers [e-book]
Different types of factories
Different types of production organization
Why semi-automation is better than full automation
The bad habit of producing in large batches
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