List of Rapid Prototyping Companies in China

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Looking for a rapid prototyping company before you enter production? In this article, we list lading rapid prototyping service providers based in Mainland China and Hong Kong:

  • Esun
  • HLH
  • 3ERP
  • 3D Printing Lab
  • VPrint 3D
  • Kai Gong
  • Deep Mould
  • SuNPe
  • Vowin

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid Prototyping enables you to quickly, sometimes in a matter of days, create a physical product model. This model can serve as a proof of concept, or even for functionality testing, before you invest in more expensive tooling such as injections molds.

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List of Quality Inspection Companies in India

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Shifting production to factories in India? Then it’s in your best interest to reach out to one of the quality control firms listed in this article – ready to send out their agents to factories located across the great subcontinent.

Is it necessary to book a quality inspection when importing from India?

The risk of quality issues is always relatively high when outsourcing production to other countries, India included. Once the goods are shipped there’s no turning back, as there’s no simple legal or economically viable way to either request a refund or return the goods.

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List of Quality Inspection Companies in Vietnam

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About to place your first order with a factory in Vietnam? Then you should contact one of the quality inspection companies listed in this article to verify that your products match your requirements – before it’s too late.

Keep in mind that the risk of quality issues is not lower in Vietnam compared to other low-cost manufacturing countries in the region.

Company Overview

  • Sofeast
  • Quality Control Inspections Vietnam
  • Vietnam Quality Control
  • OFCO Group
  • AS International
  • Vinacert
  • QIMA

How much does a quality inspection in Vietnam cost?

Most companies charge between US$350 to US$400 per inspection in Vietnam. This is significantly higher than in China, where an inspection sometimes can be booked for less than US$200.

While labor costs are lower in Vietnam, the supply chain service industry is not nearly as developed or competitive as in China. Continue reading List of Quality Inspection Companies in Vietnam

List of Hardware Accelerators in HK and Shenzhen

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Hardware Accelerators, such as HAX and Brinc.io, provides the brains, muscles, and capital to bring innovative ideas into commercial products. In this article, we explain how Hardware Accelerators operate, and what differs them from sourcing agents and manufacturers.

In addition, we also list leading Hardware Accelerators in Hong Kong and Shenzhen:

  • Hax.co
  • Brinc.io
  • Highway 1
  • Shenzhen Valley Ventures
  • Hong Kong Design Incubation Programme
  • iDM-Square Hardware Accelerator
  • ReadWrite Labs

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List of Product Photo Companies in China & Hong Kong

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Looking for an Ecommerce or Amazon product photo studio? In this article, we list product photography studios in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

In addition, we also explain how much you should expect to pay, how to submit samples, and why you shouldn’t ask your supplier to take free product photos for you. Continue reading List of Product Photo Companies in China & Hong Kong

Top 7 Fulfillment Centers in China and Hong Kong 2019

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HK Fulfillment Centres

A Hong Kong or Mainland China-based fulfillment center can help you distribute products directly from the factory to customers all over the world.

In this article, we list the leading China-based fulfillment centers, including Floship, Easyship, Exchain, Shipwire, and others.

In addition, we also cover the following:

1. Potential tax issues with cross border e-commerce fulfillment

2. When does it make sense to use a fulfillment center in Hong Kong or Mainland China?

3. Should you select a fulfillment center in Hong Kong or Mainland China?

What is a fulfillment center?

Fulfillment center offers e-commerce merchants warehousing (storage) and shipping services, that allows online businesses to operate without owning their own warehouse or physical storage space.

Sellers or e-commerce merchants can directly send their inventory to the fulfillment center from where it is shipped to their customers.

Most fulfillment centers are integrated with e-commerce marketplaces and platforms like Amazon (which also operate their own fulfillment centers, Shopify, and eBay, making it easier for merchants to manage inventory and delivery products. Continue reading Top 7 Fulfillment Centers in China and Hong Kong 2019

List of Shipping Companies in Vietnam: Top 7 Forwarders

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Vietnam forwarders

Exploring your options to shift production from China to Vietnam? You might find that your existing freight forwarder network doesn’t even operate in the latter. To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of shipping companies based in Vietnam. In addition, we also cover the following:

  • What should I look for when selecting a freight forwarder?
  • How do I get the cheapest freight rate from Vietnam?
  • I need to ship materials and components from China to Vietnam. How do I arrange that?

What should I look for when selecting a freight forwarder?

You don’t necessarily need to work with a forwarder that is headquartered in Vietnam, to import goods from the country. That said, far from all freight forwarders operate in Vietnam, which is, therefore, the primary selection criteria.

Keep in mind that most forwarders covering Vietnam don’t have their own offices or warehouses there, but work closely with local agencies. There’s nothing odd with this setup. It’s simply the way the logistics industry works. Once you’ve worked out whether your forwarder can manage shipments from Vietnam, I suggest you ask them the following questions:

  • Which ports in Vietnam are covered in your network?
  • Do they have their own offices in Vietnam, or do they work with third parties?
  • Do they offer land transport between Vietnam and China?
  • Do they offer domestic land transportation?
  • Do you handle both sea and air freight?
  • Do you offer LCL shipping?

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Top 8 Sourcing Companies and Agents in China

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A Sourcing Company can be an invaluable partner when importing products from China. Or, they can be a useless middleman that offers nothing but delays and higher unit prices.

This is not a regulated industry, so anyone can claim qualifications to manage product and supplier sourcing.

In this article, you will learn what a sourcing company can do for you – and how much you should expect to pay them.

In addition, we also list some of the leading sourcing companies in Mainland China and Hong Kong S.A.R.

Why should I work with a Sourcing Company?

The core function of a sourcing company is to identify qualified suppliers, based on the customer’s needs and technical requirements.

There are no industry standards for how the supplier sourcing process is managed. Some Sourcing Companies have a more relationship-based approach, funneling customers to their existing supplier network.

This can be a win-win for both you and the sourcing companies, assuming they select suppliers based on the product’s technical specifications – rather than the size of the kickbacks they receive.

I’d say that most sourcing companies put kickbacks before selecting the supplier that is the most qualified to make a certain product.

Most sourcing companies can do a lot more than just, well, sourcing products.

For example, some can help you with factory audits, quality inspections, contracts, quality assurance and day to day administration.

As said, there are no set industry standards, so you need to discuss this with your Sourcing Company.

How do sourcing companies charge for their services?

Previously, most sourcing companies charged a commission based on the order value. However, in recent years, more and more sourcing companies have adopted fixed pricing.

Thus, they charge based on a per project or service basis, rather than a commission.

Of course, the final cost depends on what exactly you want the sourcing company to do for you. Continue reading Top 8 Sourcing Companies and Agents in China

List of Sourcing Companies in the United Kingdom: Top 7 Agencies

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Importing custom designed products from Asia doesn’t always require that you look overseas. In some cases, you can find the best partner closer to home. In this article, we list some of the UK’s leading Asia sourcing and product development companies.

What are the benefits of working with a UK based sourcing company?

If you’re looking to import goods from, for example, China, it’s natural to assume a Chinese sourcing agency know more about their own country – compared to one based outside. While that may be true to some extent, importing products from Asia involves a lot more than finding the right supplier.

In reality, most sourcing companies know little about UK safety standards, product labeling, VAT and customs procedures, which can have severe consequences for you as an importer.

A sourcing agency based in the UK, on the other hand, is far more likely to understand these requirements. Besides, sourcing agencies headquartered in the UK always have subsidiaries or other forms of representation in Asia. Continue reading List of Sourcing Companies in the United Kingdom: Top 7 Agencies

List of Sourcing Companies in Australia: Top 6 Agencies

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Sometimes it actually makes sense start looking for a sourcing agency closer to home, rather than trying to find the right partner in China, Vietnam or India. In this article, we list some of Australia’s leading sourcing companies.

You will also learn how you can benefit from working with a local sourcing company, rather than one that’s based overseas.

What are the benefits of working with an Australian sourcing company?

Most Importers may assume that a company that’s located in the manufacturing country is always superior to one that’s headquartered at home. That said, the opposite is more often the case.

While a sourcing company based in China or Vietnam can disappear with your product designs and supplier network by tomorrow, an Australian agency is far easier to hold accountable when something goes wrong.

Further, sourcing companies based in Australia, or those based in Asia but with Australian ownership, tend to have a better understanding of the following:

Further, all Australian sourcing companies have representation in Asia, be it through partners or a directly owned subsidiary or representative office. Continue reading List of Sourcing Companies in Australia: Top 6 Agencies