How to Build & Leverage Better Supplier Relationships
Factories are a dime a dozen, but good factories can be worth their weight in gold. Anytime you find a good factory, value it equal to your best customer. If you can set your long-term goals to constantly identify quality factories and strengthening your relationships with them, you’ll quickly begin to learn about the world successful...
The Shoestring Budget Guide: Turning Your Product Idea into a Prototype and Preparing for Sourcing
I have been reviewing product ideas and getting them prepared for manufacturing for the past six years. When a client comes to me with visions of having their designs on cocktail napkins manufactured and turned into the next viral product, my responses are almost always something that inevitably...
Canton Fair: Key Insights into the Oldest and Largest Trade Fair in China
The China Import and Export Fair, also known as Canton Fair, is the largest trade show in China and one of the largest in the whole world, as hundreds of thousands of people attend the event in order to find new and exciting products for their import/export business.
Alibaba: How to Avoid Scams and Potential Disaster
As e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Shopify, and Jet continue to grow, third party sellers are looking for more products to source and sell online as well. By far, Alibaba is the largest available public database of potential suppliers in the world. But with this massive online "city of factories", comes potential risks and possible scams.
Sourcing Chinese Manufacturers: A HUGE List of Do's and Don'ts
This post is a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts when importing from China. Basic guidelines from experience living and working here. While we've written articles, ebooks, guides, and posts about many of these list items, the point of this post is to provide a concise, at-a-glance list of what to do vs. what not to do when...
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