China “EPA” crackdown shuts down tens of thousands of factories… with no end in sight

A hard stance against “heavy polluters” If your company is sourcing products from China then there is a major disruption that may be flying under your radar.  Since June of 2017, China’s new Ministry of Environment is taking a hard stance against Chinese factories that are “heavy polluters’.  In fact in the most recent round … Continue reading “China “EPA” crackdown shuts down tens of thousands of factories… with no end in sight”

The true story of how a parking spot gave away a fake “factory boss”: China Sourcing Diaries

It was a brisk spring morning in Jiangsu province as we stepped off the bullet train arriving at the station. China has some of the most efficient transportation in the world with its trains that travel over 300km per hour (180 mph).  We arrived in the dusty town and a gregarious Chinese man named Mr. … Continue reading “The true story of how a parking spot gave away a fake “factory boss”: China Sourcing Diaries”

How to Win Q4 as an Amazon FBA seller: When to place your orders from China and ship them out so you don’t miss out on the holiday shopping season… Hint: Be prepared for exorbitant freight charges!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Maybe it’s the stress of visiting family and hosting relatives and friends. Or maybe it means being able to unwind and take some time off to go on vacation.  Or maybe it means it’s time to go shopping for some retail … Continue reading “How to Win Q4 as an Amazon FBA seller: When to place your orders from China and ship them out so you don’t miss out on the holiday shopping season… Hint: Be prepared for exorbitant freight charges!”

Getting EXW pricing versus FOB? Which is “better”?

Reader question – about getting EXW pricing versus FOB.  Is one “better” than the other?   Hi, I’m Julie and have been following the Million Dollar Case Study. Thank you for your information. During the webinar you shared a sample RFQ. At the end of the RFQ you had some questions. Question number one was … Continue reading “Getting EXW pricing versus FOB? Which is “better”?”

Trump’s first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping… is the trade war truly over and what does it mean for your Amazon business?

President Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s private residence in Florida last week and this marked the first time the two leaders have met. While there were enormous expectations going into this first encounter between two of the most powerful leaders in the world, this was in fact an informal meeting and not an official … Continue reading “Trump’s first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping… is the trade war truly over and what does it mean for your Amazon business?”

Webinar: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly sides of Sourcing from China: How to find a trustworthy supplier, The Art of Alibaba, and how to negotiate pricing for your next product

I had the privilege of being invited to Jungle Scout’s Million Dollar Case Study with Greg Mercer to share sourcing best practices on how I would source their product. Here’s the replay in case you missed it.  We covered a ton of high value material on what to look for in a good supplier (and how to avoid … Continue reading “Webinar: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly sides of Sourcing from China: How to find a trustworthy supplier, The Art of Alibaba, and how to negotiate pricing for your next product”

How to tell a factory from a trading company? Four quick ways to spot middlemen from real manufacturers

How can you tell a Chinese factory from a trading company?  Often times when sourcing for a product from China using Alibaba, you’re not sure if the supplier is a middleman or a manufacturer.  For example one of my readers had this question: “We have found a product and ready to place a order. But before … Continue reading “How to tell a factory from a trading company? Four quick ways to spot middlemen from real manufacturers”

2017 Predictions – The Trump effect on China trade, Rising material and labor costs, and Currency depreciation (or manipulation?)

As we turn the calendar page to 2017, now is a good time to review the forecast from China from a sourcing perspective.  Here what we are seeing on the ground in Shanghai. UNPREDICTABLE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION One of the biggest changes in 2017 is the impact of the incoming Trump administration.  If we look at the series of … Continue reading “2017 Predictions – The Trump effect on China trade, Rising material and labor costs, and Currency depreciation (or manipulation?)”

Is your supplier asking you to transfer money to a personal account in China – RED FLAG

When making a payment to a Chinese supplier for the first time, you probably are at least a little concerned about getting scammed.  There are a number of ways that you can reduce this risk when making payments which I’ve written about here. But I’d like to highlight one major red flag which is wiring money to … Continue reading “Is your supplier asking you to transfer money to a personal account in China – RED FLAG”

2017 Chinese Holiday Schedule

China has just released the dates of the official holidays observed in 2017.  Here’s a calendar so you can plan ahead! The two longest holidays are Chinese New Year, where businesses may be closed up to ONE MONTH (though the “official” holiday is only one week), and National Day in October where businesses are closed … Continue reading “2017 Chinese Holiday Schedule”