5 reasons why China will remain world’s factory

by Julian Righetti on August 21, 2014 in China Trade , Factory Review , General China ,

Recently there has been a lot of talk about manufacturing moving from China to countries with lower wages such as India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. Although some manufacturers are now producing goods in these countries, China will most likelremain the world’s factory for the foreseeable future, here’s why;

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6 reasons to be careful using Alibaba.com

by Julian Righetti on August 7, 2014 in China Trade , Factory Review ,

Alibaba.com sells almost every single thing imaginable.  However there are real risks involved in buying goods from suppliers listed on the Chinese mega website. Here are 6  reasons to be very cautious when using Alibaba .com

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China Consumer Electronics Fair 2014 – Shenzhen

by Julian Righetti on April 4, 2014 in China Trade ,

Shenzhen, the electronics production Mecca will host the 83rd Consumer Electronics Fair from 9- 12th April.

The fair will be held at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Futian. If you are an electronics importer or just have an interest in electronics, then you definitely should not miss this. The fair will be a great opportunity to see some of the newest and

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How to Improve Your Negotiations with Chinese Suppliers

by Julian Righetti on March 26, 2014 in China Trade ,

For first time importers, negotiating with Chinese suppliers can seem daunting. However, there are a number of quick and easy ways to help reduce your risk and improve your negotiating power

 

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1. Never Deposit More than 50% for Anything

New importers often fail to realize how important it is to reduce your upfront deposits to suppliers. If you pay 50% or 70% upfront for a product, it’s likely you will have paid the suppl

Chinese Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency

by Julian Righetti on February 22, 2014 in China Trade ,

Chinese manufacturers face a range of cost and price pressures at the moment. The RMB’s appreciation, government pressure to reduce pollution, and rising labor costs are all forcing Chinese manufacturers to get lean or lose business. This article examines one way manufacturers, particularly SME’s, are responding to these pressures

 

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RMB Trading Increasing

by Julian Righetti on September 9, 2013 in China Trade ,

According to the China Daily, RMB trading

Lessons From Yiwu to Xiamen: Optimize Your China Negotiating Strategy

by Julian Righetti on September 7, 2013 in China Trade ,

In a perfect world, you would prepare 20 samples of the same product. You would thoroughly research your supplier base and list and divide trading companies and manufacturers. You would research raw material costs and regional labor costs. Then, you would send out your samples to each

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Labor Costs Are Rising in China

by Julian Righetti on September 1, 2013 in China Trade ,

We performed 4 audits on 3 Guangdong suppliers and 1 Zhejiang supplier this last week. The four different suppliers contrasting situations revealed interesting trends about the current labor market in China.

Labor costs certainly are rising dramatically in China. This is affecting the market in several ways.

  • Labor costs are rising in China and this means finding laborers is more difficult. In Jiangmen, the factory manager said he pays his workers 4,000RMB a month. He says he can’t find anyone to come to Jiangmen

Australia Cheap Parcel

by Julian Righetti on August 8, 2013 in China Trade ,

E-commerce in Australia has grown at unprecedented rates in the last 5 years. More and more small businesses are tapping into the value of the internet to sell their products. An important part of structuring a successful e-commerce business is understanding and implementing a robust supply-chain operation. Australia cheap parcel is just one aspect….

Many Australian companies import from China. Therefore, today we want to look at some of the ways Australia E-commerce businesses can save money in their supply chain. What are the tricks to cre

Quick and Easy Way to Vet Fake Chinese Companies

by Julian Righetti on July 24, 2013 in China Trade ,

We regularly hear stories about unsuspecting importers wiring new suppliers $30,000 only to later lose their deposit to fraud. In fact, online fraud scams via Alibaba and even the Canton Fair are not unheard of.

Note: You may need to navigate some Mandarin Chinese to use this tool….

However, the Chinese government has an online business registration website that anyone can use to verify whether a company is actually registered with the government.

For major cities, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, an importer can veri