China Sourcing 101: Your Complete Guide to China Sourcing

Jul 11, 2022

China Sourcing 101

Your Complete Guide to China Sourcing

Understanding when and how to work to source products in China can be challenging. For some, it could feel overwhelming and complicated. No need to fear. We’ve created a quick guide to help you learn the basics!

Have Open Communication

Communication is key in business. China sourcing is no exception. You need to effectively discuss your product with everyone involved. The discussion should include your manufacturer. Be clear in your requirements. This means giving all specs and measurements. If your product creation necessitates unique die cuts, make that clear. There is a possibility that a similar product already exists. Your manufacturer should be clear on your brand and your unique specifications to ensure you get exactly what you need.

Perform Quality Control Checks

If you are working with a larger manufacturer, they are probably running multiple products through the facility. You are not going to be the only brand being constructed on any given day. There is a possibility that something could have been done incorrectly if a machine was not changed or different features were not set before your product hit the line. When sourcing in China, there is also the chance that specs or requirements could be interpreted incorrectly. To avoid such confusion, always perform inspections. Ask to be shipped samples before your order is complete. If something was missed or produced incorrectly, knowing sooner than later is best. The sooner you know, the sooner you can fix the issue. You can proactively solve problems before your entire order is shipped. Performing quality control checks can save you time and money.

Do Your Due Diligence

There is a decision-making process when choosing if and who to source your products. You should do research, ask for references, and even check reviews. Building your brand is not just about your product. It is about the entire process of developing, creating, manufacturing, and selling. You should weigh your options and understand your sourcing needs. This is your brand. Take your time and do your due diligence.

Check for Certifications and Licenses

All manufacturers in China are not created equal. Part of your due diligence should be asking for certifications and licenses. The manufacturing facility should not only hold a license to operate, but they should have current certifications for production and safety. ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) is one common, globally recognized certification to look out for.

Hire a Sourcing Agent

When it comes to China sourcing, working with an agent is a great option. A sourcing agent is a person who assists foreign brands in procurement throughout the supply chain. China sourcing agents will own the sourcing process from start to finish on your behalf. Sourcing agents will find the best manufacturer based on your needs and facilitate contracts and agreements with China-based companies. A China sourcing agent will also learn to understand your product needs and work for you on the due diligence process. Sourcing agents have a local presence and can provide facility recommendations.

Having proper quality management and great relationships with your supplier is also important. Global Manufacturing and Sales is here to be your boots-on-the-ground resource to help you navigate through all things China-based manufacturing and sourcing.

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