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9 costly mistakes commonly made by small buyers

Thanks to the internet it is fairly easy for a small buyer to place an order direct to an Asia supplier. Starting an online store or small business has never been easier. But the sad fact is that most of these startups don’t survive the first year. Here are the

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Top Blog Posts of the Month related to Sourcing, QC, Legal and Supply China Management

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Negotiation, Contracts and Payments – The Ultimate Guide

What I told CNN about China sourcing

Options for support with sourcing and supply chain management

A very unique marketing

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If your IP is being violated, it is most likely taking place in these 9 hotbeds of illegal activity.

In China when we talk about “the Notorious BIG” we may not be referring to a dearly departed large rapper and friend of Puff Daddy. Nope, when it comes to China sourcing we are referring to the notoriously large and notoriously easy to access online and offline markets that have

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The 6 best blog posts about QC & Quality Assurance in Asia

Best of Asia Quality Focus Blog

 

I have the honor of serving on the board of directors for the inspection agency Asia Quality Focus. In this capacity I have gotten to know their team of researchers who create the content for their blog. The blog does an excellent job of giving

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A very unique marketing message: Chinese salesman offers tips on how buyers can manage their supply chains when dealing with factories, like his, that have no project management.

Today I received an email from a Chinese salesperson named Peter Lou at a metal fabrication factory introducing his firm in hopes I would consider placing an order.  I get a lot of emails like that, but what made this one interesting is that he had a unique sales pitch.

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Options for support with sourcing and supply chain management

Readers of my blog often write in to ask for introductions to sourcing agents and consultants who can help to find and manage vendors.  My full list of endorsed service providers is open to the public at www.SourcingServiceCenter.com, but here are the four options if you are looking for sourcing

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Insider’s look at legal services in China: Having a lawyer on retainer: Costs and Coverage (Part 17 of 17)

Having China-based, English-speaking legal counsel on retainer is a cost effective way to avoid pitfalls and ensure your business strategy is sound. Counsel is not only there to get you out of the occasional crisis but can help improve the day-to-day running of your businesses.

If you are importing, exporting or

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