How do I access Google, Gmail, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter from China? VPN advice when traveling in China

So you’ve landed in Shenzhen and are ready for the Canton Fair.  But wait, why can’t I connect to Gmail?  I’m having problems connecting to Facebook.  I can’t watch Netflix or my Youtube videos!  Welcome to China my friend.  The Great Firewall means that many of your favorite sites cannot be accessed here.  Here’s the … Continue reading “How do I access Google, Gmail, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter from China? VPN advice when traveling in China”

How to find suppliers beyond Alibaba? Part One: “Yellow Pages”

Think of Alibaba as the “Yellow Pages” When you think of sourcing from China what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  Hopping on a plane and flying to Guangzhou to find a factory?  No, you go on Alibaba!  But can you really find the right supplier for you on Alibaba without getting scammed?  Or getting … Continue reading “How to find suppliers beyond Alibaba? Part One: “Yellow Pages””

I’m ready to place my order but wait… What is a Purchase Order (PO), why issue one, and how do I make one? Free PO template included

“Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition.”   Jack Welch The first thing everyone looks for when they source from China is price (cash is king) so they can crush their competition.  But often overlooked is communication.  In my experience this is critical to success when sourcing … Continue reading “I’m ready to place my order but wait… What is a Purchase Order (PO), why issue one, and how do I make one? Free PO template included”

How to source from Chinese suppliers and not get scammed – Best practices, Dirty Tricks, and Advice from an American Sourcing Professional in China

My name is Gary and I’m an American based in Shanghai and have been sourcing from China since 2008.  I’ve sourced a variety of products for clients ranging from industrial products, solar energy products, exercise equipment, auto parts, and more.  I’ve worked with and visited hundreds of suppliers across China, big and small, and I’ve … Continue reading “How to source from Chinese suppliers and not get scammed – Best practices, Dirty Tricks, and Advice from an American Sourcing Professional in China”