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Follow up well afterwards
According to our experience, most of the exhibitors and visitors will not actively follow up after the exhibition, maybe because they are busy with catching up with other work postponed due to the trip. Even though you prepare very well before the exhibition and have a wonderful discussion with the right suppliers, the trip will be wasted if you do not…
By Sebastien Breteau
At AsiaInspection, we visit 25,000 factories in China every year. This enables us to formulate these “10 tips for Quality Sourcing from China”, that we believe can prove particularly valuable should you deal with Chinese vendors:
- To find Chinese suppliers, do use the Internet (Alibaba.com, Made-in-China.com, GlobalSources.com etc…) and attend Sourcing Tradeshows involving Chinese exhibitors..
- Perform an Audit before making your final choice of vendor in order to validate manufacturing capabilities.
- Ask the factory for a reference sample along with the quotation (the sample is usually free and you pay for the courier fee between China and the destination country). Read the rest of “10 Tips for Quality Sourcing from China” or post a comment
A one-stop luxury logistics solution
By Russel Beron
Until a few years ago, distribution of luxury goods in China were controlled by state owned companies with little knowledge about sophisticated marketing, distribution and supply chain management strategies. Under WTO commitments, companies like Alfred Dunhill were allowed to open their own stores in China in 2003 – the problem was they didn’t have an effective distribution and logistics solution for mainland China.
They turned to their Hong Kong logistics service provider, Kerry EAS. Formed out of a merger between Kerry Logistics and EAS, an air freight business formerly owned by the national security bureau, Kerry acquired EAS to help them enter the mainland market.. Acquiring EAS allowed Kerry to access a wide distribution network in China. Read the rest of “China’s Supply Chain raises the bar – Part II” or post a comment
My friend Chris Carr, dean of the CalPoly MBA program and the brains behind the International Business Tour blog has a very thoughtful post, entitled, “Will Paying More Change Behavior And Make Someone More Ethical?” Thoughtful, but wrong.
The post centers on whether paying more gets you better performance and/or better ethics, and Chris pretty much says it does not:
“Some suggested that we could solve the problem of too many defective products coming from China by paying more to the Chinese suppliers that make this stuff. I questioned that assumption, and still do…