The Mysterious Payment Methods a Factory Might Ask For

'Do you take Venmo?'

Unfortunately, no.
But don't worry, paying for your order is less uncomfortable when you understand the different options.

Wire Transfers or Telegraphic Transfer (T/T)

For large transactions, a wire transfer is the fastest way to pay a supplier in China. It is accepted by all Chinese manufacturers

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  • Supply Chain Management: Comparing Alibaba and the Canton Fair
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    Supply Chain Management: Comparing Alibaba and the Canton Fair

Supply Chain Management: Comparing Alibaba and the Canton Fair

We recently wrote a two-part blog about sourcing from China using supplier platforms like Alibaba, Sourcing From China: The difference between Alibaba and doing it yourself. In this two part series, we discussed sourcing through Alibaba and how this differs from traditional importing.

Most veteran importers have attended

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When do I need to visit the factory?

If you are thinking about sourcing in China, you will probably be wondering if and when you’ll need to stump up for a trip over there. Luckily, technology today makes it less necessary for you to do so. Here we outline three common reasons business owners make

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Made in China vs. Made in Italy

Many importers think hard about whether to move their supply chain to China because of the “poor quality” stigma that goes along with it.  Admit it, many people ignore the fact that, for instance, super-high quality electronic products are made in China. Despite vast improvements on quality

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The Future of Chinese Manufacturing

Economic data out this month is providing reassurance for those who trade with and source consumer products in China. New data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows industrial output up 6.3% during August from a year earlier, rising from 6% in July. The data suggests government spending and

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  • 5 Things I wish I Could have Known Before Sourcing From China
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    5 Things I wish I Could have Known Before Establishing a China Supply Chain

5 Things I wish I Could have Known Before Establishing a China Supply Chain

We were all new importers at one time even if some of us (not me!) are now wise and savvy with our years of experience. We all remember things we wish we had known when we first started sourcing from China.  Today, we see new importers popping

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    Sourcing From China: The difference between Alibaba and doing it yourself.

Sourcing From China: The difference between Alibaba and doing it yourself.

Last week’s blog touched on Alibaba as a platform for buyers and how it may be different from “doing it the hard way” like traditional importers do. If you haven’t read that blog yet, you can check it out here.

In that blog, we spoke about what sourcing

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