Best of Fall at Asia Quality Focus [AQF]

Asia Quality Focus Articles

September, October, and November saw a lot of great content pumping out of Quality Control’s blog.  We’ve compiled the best.  Be sure to check them out for the best tips on inspections, audits, and smart sourcing. Difference between audit and inspection The Asia Quality Focus Team illustrates the difference between an audit and inspection for…

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Buyers Beware –Double Diligence

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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Best of the Asia Quality Blog for December

Asia Quality Control Blog

December wrapped up another exciting year of blogging for the Asia Quality Focus Blog.  An apparent theme throughout December seemed to be, ‘people don’t do what you EXpect, they do what you INspect.’ AQF included a blog about a new anti-dumping policy aimed at Chinese ceramic imports and put into practice by the European Union.…

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A Good Practice…Summarize the Conversation.

We all are forgetful sometimes. Although a majority of business is conducted via e-mail, sometimes the most critical discussions take place on the phone or in person. It’s highly recommended you get into the habit of sending a brief summary of what you discussed. I don’t intend to provide you with a how to run…

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Contracts or Relationships? A Concoction of West and East May Be Best

An important element of doing business in China is called “Guanxi”. Guanxi is the relationship between two people where they feel some moral obligations to help each other out. In the West, however, the contract is more important. It’s not to say relationships are not valued or irrelevant to a deal. Of course they are.…

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Q & A With Dr. Roberto Bergami Discussing Letters of Credit

Recently we had a great oportunity to ask a few questions to Dr. Roberto Bergami, International Trade Senior Lecturer at Victoria University in Melbourne Australia.  He has specialized in methods of payment and delivery from a risk management perspective and was gracious enough to offer his expertise on these issues.  He has also provided a…

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Breakdown of subcontracting cost

If you place an order with a supplier and they subcontract that order to another Chinese supplier, what percent of the cost of sub contractoring contributes to the end price? ANSWER: Subcontracting does not add any costs, on the contrary the supplier subcontracts to others at lower cost and the remaining part is the supplier’s…

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