Recently we were discussing a project with a client whose engineers have been struggling with some key mechanical elements, due (in part) to a lack of precision of those elements. What happened? They have been requesting samples from … [Read more...]
How USA & Canada SME Importers Feel about China in early 2023
I recently got back from a trip in the Southwest and Northeast of the USA (for about 3 weeks), and in East Canada (for about 2 weeks). I haven't met a lot of clients for years (or ever) due to difficult traveling, so it was … [Read more...]
How did Apple build a winning supply chain in China?
Two recent FT articles look at how Apple set up a successful supply chain in China that helped them dominate rivals, how they handle their NPI process in a very hands-on way that provides great results, and how their close relationship with … [Read more...]
Zero Covid in China is over: What next?
Following unprecedented protests across China, the government has been rapidly dropping its flagship 'Zero Covid' policy as of the start of December 2022. While a return to normalcy in China may come as welcome news to locals and visitors … [Read more...]
How Running China like a Business is the Recipe for Economic Domination
Dr. Allen J. Morrison & Dr. J. Stewart Black are two American leadership, strategy, business and manufacturing experts who have recently written a new book "Enterprise China: Adopting a Competitive Strategy for Business Success" which … [Read more...]
How Environmental Regulations Will Force Changes in China Sourcing
This past week, it has become quite apparent that governments are accelerating the pace at which they pass environmental regulations to force businesses to help mitigate the climate & biodiversity crisis. Unless you have been living … [Read more...]
Zero-China Supply Chain: Should Importers pursue it?
Following October 2022's 20th Communist Party Congress in which Xi Jinping made various statements about the state of China and its future plans, some of which spooked Western observers, let's investigate what China's current politics might … [Read more...]
CM + PCBA Factory vs. EMS Supplier in Shenzhen, China
Companies that are developing a new electronic product for manufacturing in China tend to think of the way they should structure their supply chain. And they have an important decision to make. Do they choose a Contract Manufacturer buying … [Read more...]
Sourcing from Taobao for mass production? Stop it! [Podcast]
In this episode… Renaud and Adrian from the team talk Taobao! Taobao is a huge Chinese online marketplace where it's possible to get almost anything at a decent price. The problem is, some importers have been purchasing components from … [Read more...]
Is It Possible To Get Credit from a Chinese Supplier?
We sometimes get this question from clients who don't have a long experience of working with Chinese suppliers: We have been customers for a long time but they still refuse to give us credit. Is that typical/normal? And the short answer … [Read more...]
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