AQF kickstarted March stressing the importance of the ‘three I’s.’ Later AQF added to that idea the importance of monitoring quality control inspectors. AQF also discussed acceptable quality limit (AQL) inspections and how to find relevant information. Lastly, AQF provided a list describing what should be under signature in a purchase order (PO). Quality Control’s…

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Believe it or not next week begins March’s end.  With it comes our compilation of our sponsors’ best articles.  This month we reviewed articles from Global Sources, Asia Quality Focus, and AsiaBridge.  GS gave us two completely different posts, one about ‘reshoring’ and one regarding the top electronics for February.  AQF warned us of mixing…

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One of my clients asked me a question, which I believe is a common concern: “How can we protect our IPR effectively in China?”   The following was my answer:   1. First of all, register your IPR in China, ASAP.  All IP laws & regulations in China are based on the protection for legitimate…

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Doing business in China is not easy. However, a local partner may help you navigate the Chinese business landscape easier. With a good partner you won’t have to worry about most of the headaches that come with the climate. A local partner can help you understand the law of the land, Chinese culture, especially with…

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After AsiaBridge’s presentation regarding the importance of bilingual contracts at the Hong Kong sourcing fair hosted by Global Sources, some clients wrote me asking more about bilingual contracts. A few clients wanted to know, “Do you really think Bilingual contracts are necessary?” I understand clients’ concerns. We’re dealing with China; if something goes wrong, many…

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In the midst of Chinese New Year, Asia Quality Focus didn’t miss a beat.  AQF gave us a look at various areas inside inspecting within sourcing. AQF told us of a new directive the EU will begin following, summer 2013.  AQF reinforced the importance of environmental audits.  They gave us a distinct comparison between OEM…

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Fraud can always accompany business; only sometimes does it actually reveal itself.  We say, double your diligence before you pay. A couple days ago, a buyer voiced a  complaint to me.  The buyer told me that their supplier received payment for goods.  However, the supplier denied receiving the deposit and refused to deliver the goods…

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