Don’t end up looking like an Ass in the year of the Horse

Chinese holidays can impact your supply chain and make you look bad in the eyes of your customers.With the Chinese New Year holiday rapidly approaching, I want to offer a behind the scenes look at what really happens at the factory before a major holiday and explain how buyers can prevent problems.   The AQF…

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Where have all the production line workers gone this year? And what this could mean for your production schedule.

A recent article in the China Daily, “Lost staff prompt a headache”, explains that businesses in the export oriented Guangdong province are having difficulty in finding enough workers following China’s Lunar New Year holiday.  This is not really a surprise to anybody that has been doing business with China, as we all know that the…

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What buyers need to know about Chinese New Year

The following tips for dealing with Chinese New Year come from my good friend Helmut Maertin, who is based in Shenzhen.   Like most western countries, China largely follows the Gregorian calendar that sees 1st of January to be the start of each year. However most of the traditional Chinese holidays follow the lunar calendar…

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