Articles about China sourcing, import-export from China and wholesale Chinese products

Purchase reliability – How to not have your money disappear

Have you ever made a purchase or tried to make a purchase with a someone in another area (either domestic or international) and simply have a seller take the money and run without providing you with the product or service you paid for? Has this ever happened with a major business purchase you were seeking to make quite profitable in your favor?

If this has never happened to you then you’re lucky. Many businesses worldwide have faced this issue with suppliers, just like many buyers have faced this problem themselves in their own neighborhoods. This is especially risky when dealing with individuals who are essentially
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Low-Cost Sourcing: Avoid the mistakes of the past

Like its name, low-cost sourcing means cutting overall expenditures which results in revenue growth befitting of any company’s goals. Among other low-cost countries such as India, Brazil and Vietnam, China has been and remains to be the top country for sourcing.  Apart from the well-known advantage of its low labor costs, China boasts the added benefit of cheaper infrastructure costs as well as
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Pros and Cons of Working with a Sourcing Company

As the world economy shifts and changes, more and more companies are seeking to outsource their production centers to overseas environments to improve revenue generation and overall company productivity. This is not something only large companies are doing – even small businesses around the world are becoming involved in globalization trends. When deciding whether or not to work with the sourcing company or go directly to a factory to purchase your goods there are many different things that
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There’s Global Sourcing, and then there is Strategic Sourcing

As the world only gets flatter and flatter and smaller and smaller, the watchword in this era of globalization is sourcing. In this global race to profit from the advantages that global sourcing has to offer – enhanced effectiveness, increased flexibility, improved operating performances, reduced investments, market access, and reduced costs (1) – China, with its low costs of labor and raw materials, has emerged as the premier industrial frontier. Coupled with an astounding economic expansion rate of 8% per year (2), the question today is how can you afford not to
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China, Sourcing, and the Plight of Small Businesses Worldwide

Power in Numbers

Breakneck economic growth, the Beijing Olympics of 2008, the ongoing preparations for the 2010 Expo in Shanghai – just a few of the major events that have catalyzed, streamlined and showcased what China is capable of.

But what is going on behind the big party on the world-stage? What developments in trade and production are making this parade possible?

While the spotlight shines on China’s large, state-owned companies and joint ventures, the majority of the growth, innovation and success, are achievements of the small and mid-sized enterprises. And, as usual, it is this cross-section of exporters absorbing most of the impact of the economic downturn; facing factory closures with limited access to credit to stay afloat.

How big is small? As defined by the Chinese government, the smaller ventures employ anywhere from five to ten workers, while the biggest mid-sized companies will cap at 2,000 people. During the last three decades, the estimated number of this type of business has gone from 1 million to 60 million. Approximately 57 of these 60 million are private entities – offering greater bureaucratic flexibility, filing 66% of all patent applications and accounting for over 60% of China’s total GDP.  And on the whole, they produce close to 70% of the nation’s exports while supplying 50% of all revenues in tax.

What do all of these figures mean to the world of small-scale sourcing?

Now more than ever, small businesses worldwide need each other to survive this period of tight credit, slowed consumption and bloating fat cats. And, sharpening a cost-efficient edge is imperative. So it seems likely that more and more small-scale contracts will be made between China and the West — trust permitting.

The bottom line is that the small and mid-sized producers and service providers of China are in a unique position to offer sophisticated, fully certified services at competitive rates – both in cost and speed. And, the infrastructure has reached a point, especially in the last decade, to where the foreign buyer is no longer the lone Nabob taking big risks and loses by sourcing from China. No more stabbing in the dark. Policy, technology, and a host of expatriate-run services (particularly in the sourcing sector) are now operating in China and facilitating trade on ever-accommodating terms. Add the recent drop in China’s export-driven market, and doors open to opportunities in product sourcing ventures of almost any size – waiting to be seized.

Written by Parker White

Some notable sources:

http://www.china-briefing.com/

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