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  • Pre-Shipment Inspection: Importance Of Having Your Own Team On Ground In China.

    When you talk about the import/export business, China is most probably involved in it. After all, it has the largest share of global manufacturing at 28.7% of total production. Thus, China is a manufacturing superpower. It is a strong chance stand for many importers, traders, and manufacturers to have their sourcing partners in China.

    It’s necessary to perform Quality Control Checks and inspections to ensure the sustainability of your business. Besides, your products must meet international quality standards to become fit for sale. However, visiting the manufacturer or supplier personally might not be possible for every businessman.

    But, it doesn’t undermine the importance of getting quality control checks and pre-shipment inspections of the products being shipped to you. This guide is all about the importance of quality control checks and pre-shipment inspection in China for importers.

  • Benefits Of Visiting Your Supplier’s Manufacturing Premises

    Many importers and traders are found asking why do we need to visit suppliers?

    In the world of eCommerce, there is a lot of facilitation to run your business. Many traders and importers get allured by Gold-Status, attractive, and organized Alibaba sellers. In most cases, these sellers are enough for traders to decide to do business with the suppliers.

    But is it actually enough?

    The answer is no.

  • Alternative Sourcing Websites Other Than

    Whenever you ask how to find a sourcing agent in China, Alibaba is the usual answer of either a budding importer or a veteran. When someone says China sourcing agents, is a Chinese B2B platform with many product categories, suppliers, manufacturers, and trading companies. When an importer sitting in the USA wants to find a product, he won’t get disappointed if using

    You must be wondering about the facts mentioned above and the blog’s title. The main purpose of jotting down our thoughts on this topic is to emphasize one thing: Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket.

    Besides, there are always some downsides of something too good seemingly. is no different, and there are many shady practices & things about Alibaba that bring us here to urge you to look into other alternatives as well.

  • AQL Levels: Your Ultimate Guide For Pre-Shipment Inspection Of Your Orders!

    Ready to place your first order from China for your new business?

    Overwhelmed to hear about a lot of new terms like pre-shipment inspection, product inspection, AQL, and inspection techniques?

    Don’t worry; we will break down everything for you to understand before you perform product inspection on your own or hire a third party to perform it for you.

    This article is our attempt to simplify AQL Standards and AQL Sampling for you and all entrepreneurs looking out for clear information on product inspection methods. After reading this article, you will know what exactly AQL means and why this method is preferred over other product inspection methods.

  • Unfolding Global Shipping Issues: Shipping Delays From China

    COVID-19, closure of ports, shipping delays, and capacity shortage led to the global shipping crises that most traders worldwide had to suffer from. The situation that started to unfold because of the worldwide pandemic soon became independent of the disease spread and left marks that won’t be reversed.

    For instance, the increase in the shipping costs amid the pandemic and shipping crisis might return to normal soon, but it won’t go back to what it was in 2019. Therefore, importers, exporters, and entrepreneurs have to find ways to stay ahead in the given conditions.

    This article will help you understand the whole scenario about shipping delays from china and current shipping issues related to costs. We will also share an action plan to cater to the global shipping catastrophe and manage your orders in the future.

  • Learn more effective ways to inspect than AQL... You can’t inspect quality into a product. [Podcast.ep.040]

    This episode is packed with helpful advice on getting to the bottom of product quality, understanding AQL standards, and how to communicate your expectations to your suppliers effectively.
    In this episode we will touch upon:
    • VOC - Voice of the customer drives everything in quality and business decisions.
    • More effective ways to inspect than AQL
    • Reliability is time to failure, which is overlooked and very important
    • You can’t inspect the quality into a product.
    • Factories should self inspect, so knowing their inspection procedure is critical.
    • Suppliers should not move the burden onto inspection companies; it’s their job.
  • Unexpected Shipping Cost and Shipping Delays

    Many shipping delays are very sudden and very unexpected, something no one can predict or plan about. Some issues can be planned accordingly to avoid delays, such as rainstorms, public holidays, etc. In this year, 2021, and the previous 2020, we have faced a very unusual problem such as the Coronavirus. Coronavirus has caused a lot of shipment delays due to restricting travel opportunities because of cities shutting down. This problem was caused mainly by international shipping. 

  • China’s power crises and how it affects sourcing in China! [Podcast ep.039]

    1. What are the current challenges of China’s power problems?
    2. Where and why are companies moving manufacturing out of China?
    3. Is China still the best place to source for small businesses and small purchasing volume?
    4. What product categories are the best sourced out of China?
    5. Can you save more in other countries? 
    6. How and why should we move production from China? 
    7. Is there a mass exodus from China manufacturing?
    8. Interesting anecdotes and tips from Chris on dealing with Chinese suppliers.
  • Maximize Your Success In sourcing From China: How To Find The Best Manufacturer And To Identify The Trading Companies On Alibaba?

    Discover how to find the best manufacturer on Alibaba and how to identify the trading companies!

    Whenever an eCommerce entrepreneur decides to sell through Amazon FBA or an online store, the first question is where to source from?

    Many online platforms are working to provide products to sell on online stores or dropship items to different parts of the world. However, Alibaba is undoubtedly the most trusted, convenient, and recommended platform to find trustable and long-term suppliers.

  • Learn all about China NNN agreements… Should you protect your product? [Podcast ep.038]

    In this episode, we will address the usefulness of an NNN agreement and cover in detail the good, bad, ugly, and realistic.
    We will discuss whether you are being responsible for your expectations and intentions behind the NNN agreement, down to the difference between an NNN agreement and an NDA agreement.
    • How existing relationships can go bad
    • The importance of speed of action
    • Using WeChat effectively to nurture relationships with your suppliers
    • How to get your customers on your side when things go south!
  • Global Shipping Crisis 2021: Know Everything To Manage Your Supply Chains

    The international shipping crisis has shaped itself to impact every industry, from exercise equipment to machinery or consumer industries. Let’s unfold the global shipping crisis 2021 and how to stay ahead in the time when a crisis is extending itself to show even severe implications on international trade.

    We are soon going to reach the second anniversary of the most horrible pandemic of the world in the last century. The global pandemic of COVID-19 had disrupted the industries, disturbed the logistics, supply chains, and whatnot.

    The global pandemic was not the only reason that had changed different industries and trade across the world. The aftermath of the COVID-19 was even worse than the pandemic itself. Most importantly, the sea freight has suffered the most –initially due to industry closures leading to the demand-supply gap and later, the sea transport congestions followed by the pandemic.

    Seafreight and trade account for 90% of the global trade, and therefore, the havoc caused by the recent shipping crisis has severely affected businesses across Asia, Europe, and America. One brand or industry cannot reverse the implications of the crisis. However, if we know everything about the shipping crisis, there is a better chance for us to manage our business effectively by preparing ahead.

  • Even with my experience, my supplier duped me... [Podcast ep.037]

    In this episode, I share the story of how I almost lost my order because I trusted someone and how you can learn from my mistakes:

    • What I could have done to avoid it?
    • Why you should trust your gut?
    • How important it is to have a team on the ground in China.