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Tools for Sourcing Factories in China

Published: 11 Mar 2014 00:14:41 PST

Best Quality & Sourcing Articles

Here are some interesting or useful articles that I found recently.

How I find factories

I always find it refreshing when an experienced buyer describes how he works, and what tools he uses.

Peter Keller, an American buyer who has imported nearly 1,000 containers since 2005, lays out his sourcing techniques — in particular his 4 “secret weapons” to source new suppliers, how he vets factories, and how he gets them interested in working with him.

Using a Grid Analysis for Supplier Selection

Jennifer Stepniowski points us to an article about grid analysis, a tool to decide what supplier is the best. It is very useful in reaching a decision based on data. My advice is to add a threshold (for example: a score of at least 70 for the quality system) below which a supplier is eliminated.

The How and Why of Auditing

An excellent explanation of the auditing process, on YouTube.

China Fraud Season Starts Early This Year

Dan Harris describes three of the most common scam plots used in China against foreign companies. Make sure to read this if you don’t want to be the next victim!

10 Safe Assumptions in China Sourcing

I usually advise new buyers to avoid making assumptions. For example, don’t assume a supplier will know how to pack your products for safe transportation. But Jacob Yount gave it a funny twist: assume that certain things will go wrong, unless you take the right steps.

An Unseen Revolution in Indian Manufacturing

It is nice to see that more and more Indian manufacturers are going through lean transformations. Let’s hope they reach a critical mass in a few industries, and they get a following.

by Renaud Anjoran on 29 November 2013

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