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what is the difference between OEM & ODM + tips for NDA

What are the meanings of OEM and ODM?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. For example, you hire a factory in China to make products to your spec under your brand name.


ODM stands for Original Designed Manufacturer. For example, the factory R&D department comes up with a design on their own,

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Full Video “Best Practices for Professional Buyers” China Sourcing Fair 2014

Best Practices for Professional Buyers: Lessons Learned Servicing Leading Supply Chains like Apple and Wal-Mart in China

As presented at Global Sources’ China Sourcing Fairs in Hong Kong (Oct 2014) and Johannesburg (Nov 2014)

By Mike Bellamy of the China Sourcing Academy and China Sourcing Service Center

Worried about losing money? Learn how

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How to register and protect a utility patent when buying from China

My question pertains to my patent I currently hold on some sporting good equipment I recently just got approved for, I have a Utility Patent on my product and I need it produced ASAP how and where do I start as well as I need to find a production agent

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Learn How one Scammer Made Off with a Ton of Money + Tips for Effective PO’s + Why the Supplier won’t Accept the L/C

OCTOBER 2014   Sourcing Newsletter


In this month’s newsletter we take an insider’s look at how to get support drafting Purchase Orders + Advanced Sourcing Tutorials now have their own YouTube channel. Do you know where your underwear came from? You can learn a lot about the import-export business by tracing their

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Avoiding middlemen. Protecting IP

The Q&A below is with a buyer of Yoga Mats. But the discussion is applicable to just about any sourcing project in China.


Where do we find out the actual manufacturers of spiked yoga mats as these appear to be brokers/agents? We have contacted the manufacturers of spiked yoga and exercise

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China Sourcing Update: More Scams Exposed + How to Source Safe + Insider’s Look at Product Liability Issues

China Sourcing Update: More Scams Exposed + How to Source Safe + Insider’s Look at Product Liability Issues


If you are importing from China, you may be asking questions like:

Does the factory have product liability insurance?
Can my supplier handle my engineering needs?
How to ensure the seller won’t rip me off?
What payment

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Book Review: Where Underpants Come From?


Today’s Book Review: “Where Underpants Come From” by Joe Bennett

in this case, from all over China.

Official Teaser:

When Joe Bennett bought a five-pack of ‘Made in China’ underpants in his local New Zealand Warehouse for $8.59, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from

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