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The Truth About Project Management in China

In my blogs and video tutorials (here and here) I explain that the placement of the Purchase Order is the beginning, not the end, of the sourcing project. Because many...

Made-in-China: Quality and cultural divergences

“Made in China”, is commonly believed to have a negative connotation. For most people entering into business relationships with Chinese companiesthere are many...

Avoidin Middlemen In China

Avoiding Middlemen – A look behind the bamboo curtain

Excerpt from “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (chinasourcinginfo.org/book) How bad is it? To test my theory that the vast majority of vendors...

Who does the project management after the PO has been placed?

Anything goes when it comes to PO’s In many cases, because money starts to flow as soon as a PO is signed, suppliers may not bring up concerns about their ability to...

China Factory Direct

Too small to go factory direct?

Buy in China Factory Direct Finding a supplier and getting a quote is easy thanks to free websites like www.GlobalSources.com.  Because it is so easy to go direct,...

How to keep sourcing projects moving forward

Buyers are often focused on saving money, but it’s equally important to find ways to save time. My friend and China expert Whit Kelly has come up with four common...

Hands-on vs. Hands-off sourcing

“e-sourcing” is a buzz word in the industry these days.  The concept is that a buyer can leverage online tools to find and manage vendors in China. It sounds great...

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