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How to source when there is a lack of trust and ethics


Back in 2011, I wrote the blog post “ya can’t truss it” – status of China sourcing ethics. Based on that year’s business scandals and general abuse of the international buyer, I downgraded my China Sourcing Safety Index from “trust but probably verify” to “don’t trust and must verify.”

In the

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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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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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How to source pre-fab housing from China?


Original question:

I found you doing web research, and found your videos instructive. I am beginning to invest in real estate, and need the expertise of an experienced mediator in China like you. This is what I need: I already own some vacant lots in Illinois and southwest Michigan, and need

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