Category Archives: Business In Asia

Tips for doing business in Asia for the newbie.

Question and Answer Time

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After a recent meeting with a prospective manufacture I thought I would give the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions I get about overseas manufacturing. How much can I save? Possibly a lot, possibly nothing, it depends on what you are making. Plastic like ABS or Polypropylene are commodities and as such […]

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Trust, But Verify

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Yi dian dian is a Chinese expression meaning “a little bit”, which you often hear from Chinese manufacturers. I have heard this phrase used often during my working years as a sourcing agent for an U.S. importer. Once, I was told to source a Reacher that matched the requirements needed by the client. I did my […]

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Can I Get Screwed By A Supplier?

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That’s not really the correct question. The correct question is “Will I screw myself? Possibly. In reality you are trying to make money, you want to get a product at a low price, mark it up and re-sell it for a profit, that’s how the world works. Guess what, your supplier is doing the same […]

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Why Is This Going Wrong?

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Things change, we all know that. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the “What the hell is this?” The first samples you received from the overseas supplier were pretty good, a tweak here and there and it’s perfect, “Go ahead with the run and I’ll wire the deposit!” Then a couple of months later […]

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Traveling

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If there weren’t any windows, I don’t think I would know that I was on a plane, I thought to myself as I sat on the upper deck of a new Airbus A380 leaving Guanzhou, China and heading to Los Angeles, my least favorite airport. This was a new route for me and so far […]

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A Quick Guide To The Chinese Business Trip

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It’s Not America First things first, it’s not America. Let me say that again, It’s Not America. Don’t be the kind of person who travels to a foreign country and then complains they don’t speak English. I know that sounds obvious but I’ve heard more than one individual comment, “This would be easier if they […]

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