Procurement and Purchasing Agents in China: A Complete Guide

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Purchasing and procurement agents have proven to be essential during the COVID-19 pandemic – keeping supply chains running when buyers have been unable to visit suppliers and trade shows in China. That said, all procurement and purchasing agents differ in terms of expertise, transparency, methodology, and pricing.

In this guide, I clarify what importers must know when selecting purchasing and procurement in China – or when scrutinizing their existing agents.

Overview

  • Evaluation
  • Methodology
  • Supplier Networks
  • Offered Services
  • Revenue Model
  • FAQ

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Warranties & Refunds When Buying From China: A Complete Guide

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Product Warranty

Product warranties and refunds are essentially non-existent when importing goods from China, and many other countries. In this guide, we explain why this is the case. We go into detail on why some warranties are not actually warranties, and why your supplier may not be able to provide a refund even if they want to.

Further, we also explain other – and more realistic – ways to get compensation from your supplier. More specifically, this often takes place in terms of repairs, remakes, or spare parts. Continue reading Warranties & Refunds When Buying From China: A Complete Guide

Clothing Manufacturers in China: How to Find the Right Factory

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Planning to import clothing or other textile products from China? In this guide, you will learn what need to know to select the right clothing manufacturer, create a techpack, select materials, get samples made, and much more.

Part 1: List of Clothing and Textiles Manufacturers
  • Yotex Apparel
  • Zhongshan ARLISMAN Garment Factory
  • D&J Garment
  • HTX
  • Shenzhen Doven Garments.
  • Wuxi Kuanyang Textile Technology
  • Jinjiang Changda Garment
  • Hemp Fortex
  • H&Fourwing
Part 2: How to find a good clothing manufacturer in China
  • 1. Product scope
  • 2. Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) Requirement
  • 3. Test reports
  • 4. Fabric quality
  • 5. BSCI and Sedex Audit Reports
Part 3: How to Get Your Clothing Designs Made in China: 6 Steps
  • 1. Creating your Techpack
  • 2. Garment sample production
  • 3. Create a Production Manual
  • 4. Book a Quality Inspection
  • 5. Book material lab testing
  • 6. Shipping garments from China

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List of Organic Cotton (GOTS) Manufacturers in China: An Overview

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GOTS Organic Cotton

Looking for GOTS-certified organic cotton manufacturers? In this guide, we list suppliers offering a wide range of garments – all of which are (at the time of publication) GOTS certified. Each supplier profile includes an overview of their main products and production capabilities.
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Chinese New Year 2022: How Importers Can Prevent Disaster

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The Chinese New Year (CNY) of 2022 starts on Tuesday, February 1st. This is earlier than 2021, when the new year didn’t start until Feb 12th. Hence, the time to get products shipped in the window between Christmas and CNY is even shorter than in 2021.

In Mainland China, the holiday officially lasts for 7 days – starting from Jan 31st until February 6th. That being, many workers don’t return for another week or two – resulting in a longer production halt.

In short, you can expect production to be closed for the first three weeks of February – with many suppliers not taking new orders starting as early as December.

Article Overview

  • COVID-19 situation and CNY 2022
  • How importers can prepare for CNY
  • Why and how CNY disrupts manufacturing in China
  • How to avoid delays to the CNY
  • CNY 2022 timeline and dates
  • Lunar holiday disruption in Vietnam and Southeast Asia

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Ocean Plastic Manufacturers in China: Our Top 8 Picks

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Ocean plastics have a wide range of applications, including in the apparel, footwear, and accessories industries. That being said, ocean plastics are still not that widespread, and using ocean plastics requires that you purchase materials from specialized suppliers.

In this guide, we list Chinese manufacturers and international companies with distribution centers offering plastics made from ocean-collected materials.  We also list suppliers partially specialized in manufacturing products using ocean plastics.

Listed Companies

Recycled Ocean Plastic Based Materials

  • RSP
  • Wujiang Tangsheng Textile
  • Greener Fabrics
  • Unifi
  • Ocean Material
  • Xuzhou Seagor Import and Export Company

Recycled Ocean Plastic Based Products

  • Pack Tech
  • The Better Packaging

Disclaimer

We are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. We have selected these companies based on their claimed product scope, history, certification, and capabilities. Continue reading Ocean Plastic Manufacturers in China: Our Top 8 Picks

Manufacturers & Wholesalers in Vietnam: A Complete Guide

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Looking for manufacturers in Vietnam? In this guide, we give you a high-level overview of what to expect when manufacturing products in Vietnam – and how the country compares to China on many aspects, such as pricing, MOQ, lead times, and more.

Overview

  • How has COVID-19 impacted manufacturing in Vietnam?
  • Sourcing suppliers in Vietnam using Alibaba.com
  • Sourcing suppliers in Vietnam using Globalsources.com
  • What kind of products can I import from Vietnam?
  • Importing private label products from Vietnam
  • Dropshipping products from Vietnam
  • Are Vietnamese factories cheaper than Chinese suppliers?
  • Are Vietnamese suppliers easier to work with?
  • Quality Inspections in Vietnam
  • Lab testing in Vietnam
  • Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) Requirements in Vietnam
  • Primary industrial cities and clusters
  • Shipping & Ports
  • Visas for visiting suppliers
  • Trade Shows in Vietnam (Pre-COVID 19)

How has COVID-19 impacted manufacturing in Vietnam?

Vietnam closed its borders in early 2020 as the COVID pandemic was taking hold all over the world. However, the country remained open internally which allowed its manufacturers to continue operating as usual. Continue reading Manufacturers & Wholesalers in Vietnam: A Complete Guide

List of Toy Manufacturers in China: Plush, Wood, RC, Plastic & More

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toy suppliers

Looking for toys and children’s products manufacturers in Mainland China? In this article, we list some of China’s leading suppliers for the following toy categories:

  • Plus and soft toys
  • Educational toys
  • Electronic and RC toys
  • Wooden toys
  • Plastic toys

In addition, you’ll also learn what every importer must know about toy safety standards, quality inspections, private label toys, MOQ requirements, and the best supplier directories for sourcing additional toy manufacturers.

Plush & Soft Toy Manufacturers

plush toys

Woodfield Toys Limited

Founded in 2009, Woodfield Toys Limited is a well-known manufacturer of soft and activity toys that export their products to global clients like Target, Wal Mart, Disney, Toys Rus, and Tommy. Their head office and the 5000 sqm factory is based in Dongguan, Guangdong, Mainland China.

The product range from Woodfield Toys is not only limited to soft toys but include several other products like:

  • Playmats
  • Rattles
  • Chimes
  • Teethers
  • Bibs
  • Blankets
  • Bedding products

They also offer OEM services to their clients with a promise to develop customized products according to clients’ specifications in just three days.

Woodfield Toys exports 100% of its products to North America and Europe. They currently employ around 400 people with a monthly capacity of 150,000 pieces. On average, they offer 20 new product designs every month.

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Guide to Alibaba Gold Suppliers: What Importers Must Know

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Alibaba Gold Supplier

The Alibaba Gold Supplier program is often misunderstood as a ‘seal of approval’ while it’s more comparable to a verified business directory. What makes the Gold Supplier program unique is the information you can access about each supplier – information that can in turn be used to source qualified suppliers in China, Vietnam, India, and many other countries.

In this guide, I explain what Alibaba Gold Suppliers are – and what they are not. I also explain how you can use the information made available in the TrustPass profile to your advantage. Continue reading Guide to Alibaba Gold Suppliers: What Importers Must Know

Buying Product Samples from China: A Complete Guide

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Product samples are essential when importing products from China, and elsewhere in Asia. Obviously, you want to see and feel the product before you start production. However, ordering product samples is also a way to test if your supplier is truly up to the task.

In this guide, you will learn everything importers must know about product samples, including IP risks, payment terms, cost examples, sample types, and lead times.

Product sample types

  • Factory samples
  • Custom made product samples
  • Production samples
  • Virtual samples
  • 3D printed samples
  • Counter-samples

Other Topics

  • Supplier-led product development
  • Intellectual property risks
  • Payment terms
  • Product sample costs
  • How to pay for product samples
  • Injection molds and tooling costs
  • Sample production time
  • Import duties and taxes

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