Posts

Seminar recordings and other resources from the Spring 2017 China Sourcing Summit

Global Sources hosts a China Sourcing Conference twice a year at their China Sourcing Fairs in April and October.  I have the honor of speaking at their events.  In case you didn’t have a chance to attend, in this blog post, I’ll share the seminar recordings and related resources.

Where to find the conference notes & video recordings?

Event Topic Recording/ Related Videos
Global Sourcing Trade Show (HK) China Sourcing 2017: Best practices & common mistakes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppFv9SjzrAg

If you liked the seminar, you may also enjoy the following:

  • China Sourcing Academy A great resource for professional training.  I am honored to be one of the online instructors at the academy.
  • The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing (available on Amazon) or learn more about my book here.

 

FAQ: How to ensure the seller is not a scam?

Search SupplierBlacklist.com

A Corporate Assessment (CA) report can provide viability into the stability, assets & reputation of a target company.

Red Flag Assessment (RFA): Risk, Scams & Fraud exposure on a given transaction/deal when buying from a Chinese company.

 

FAQ: How to find a reputable sourcing agency?

Option A: If your project is ongoing and you could benefit from having a team working full-time on your behalf in China, then check out PassageMaker as they set up and manage virtual sourcing teams and production lines.

Option B: If your project is one-off or you don’t need full time support, please check out my list of endorsed service providers for QC, Logistics, Sourcing Agents, Engineering, Consulting and much more at www.SourcingServiceCenter.com .

 

FAQ: Where to find an English speaking lawyer in China?

www.AsiaBridgeLaw.com  Affordable, Professional, English-speaking legal & business advisory services. I am on their board of advisors and recommend them with confidence for:

  • IP Registration

  • Bilingual Contracts

  • Dispute Resolution (including Loss Recovery)

  • Business Advisory Services

  • General Legal Counsel

 

If you have additional questions about China sourcing, feel free to contact me at your convenience and I will do my best to assist you.   Looking forward to being of service and wish you successful China Sourcing.

Best Regards,

Mike

Return the favor:

If the information was helpful to you, please consider returning the favor in any of the following ways:

  • Share this email with a co-worker or business associate.
  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel, hit the “like it” button and post some comments.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

How to go about vetting suppliers in China

How to go about vetting suppliers in China

Here is a question from PassageMaker’s mailbag typical of what you may be facing when you source from China.

I am looking for reliable manufacturers for XYZ. I have detailed specifications but all contacts from Alibaba claimed to be manufacturers. I cannot possibly busy myself with vetting suppliers in China from all of these contacts. How do I find the real and reliable manufacturers? And China is huge, where do I start?

Here is how we replied:

I think the following blog post will help answer your question:

CHINA SOURCING SUCCESS/FAILURE FACTORS

You are correct to assume the companies on Alibaba are trading companies, unless they can prove they are real factories. I have found the suppliers on www.GlobalSources.com are more professional and that directory has a better ratio of real factories vs trading companies. But regardless of which directory you use, do your due diligence.

Trade shows in China & Holiday Schedule for PassageMaker – 2011

Trade shows in China & Holiday Schedule for PassageMaker

As part of the China Sourcing Information Center (CSIC) booth, PassageMaker will be exhibiting at various trade shows in China as listed below. PassageMaker staff will also be hosting level 100, 200 and advanced level 300 sourcing seminars at each of the shows in conjunction with www.GlobalSources.com. The shows and seminars are free to attend.

And because so many of our clients and prospective clients like to visit us in Shenzhen, included is our holiday schedule for this year as well.

Here are all the Global Sources trade shows we’ll be attending in 2011 (booth numbers will be posted as they are assigned):

12-14 January – ShanghaiBaby & Children’s Products; Fashion Accessories; Gifts & Premiums; Home Products; Swimwear & Underwear

Chinese New Year Holiday: 2-9 February

Tomb-Sweeping Holiday: 3-5 April

12-15 April – Hong KongElectronics & Components; Security Products; Solar & Energy Saving Products

20-23 April – Hong KongHome Products; Baby & Children’s Products; Gifts & Premiums; Medical & Health Products

27-30 April – Hong KongUnderwear & Swimwear; Fashion Accessories; Garments & Textiles

May Day Holiday: 30 April – 2 May

31 May – 2 June – DubaiElectronics; Home Products; Baby & Children’s Products; Gifts & Premiums; Fashion Accessories; Hardware & Building Materials; Garments & Textiles

Dragon Boat Holiday: 4-6 June

28-30 June – ShanghaiElectronics

11-13 July – MiamiGifts & Premiums; Home Products; Fashion Accessories; Garments & Textiles; Baby & Children’s Products; Electronics

Moon Cake Holiday: 10-12 September

National Day Holiday: 1-7 October

12-15 October – Hong KongElectronics & Components; Security Products; Solar & Energy Saving Products

20-23 October – Hong KongHome Products; Baby & Children’s Products; Gifts & Premiums; Medical & Health Products; Christmas & Seasonal Products

27-30 October – Hong KongUnderwear & Swimwear; Fashion Accessories; Garments & Textiles

13-25 November – MumbaiElectronics & Components; Security Products; Home Products; Gifts & Premiums; Hardware & Building Materials; Auto Parts & Accessories; Bathroom Products

30 November – 2 December – JohannesburgHome Products; Gifts & Premiums; Electronics; Hardware & Building Materials; Garments & Textiles; Fashion Accessories; Medical & Health Products; Solar & Energy Saving Products

6-8 December – SingaporeHome Products; Gifts & Premiums; Hardware & Building Materials; Garments & Textiles; Auto Parts & Accessories; Food & Beverages

To learn more about the shows and seminars, please visit Global Sources.

We look forward to seeing you at the shows!