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A letter from a small business owner about his frustrations sourcing in China

I finally found one thing more challenging than sourcing in China and that is taking care of a small child all summer. My daughter was out of school in early June and when it was apparent that the summer camps I had signed her up were not going to work out, it was my turn.   648 more words

Alibaba’s stock drops to its pre-IPO levels

With Alibaba’s stock plummeting to its pre-IPO levels, the question is, when next month the lock in period for large investors come to an end, will they sell or will they ride out Alibaba’s fortunes in the NY’s stock exchange. 384 more words

Production & Robotics

How to schedule new vendor visits when in China

I got an email the other day from someone who was headed over to China to inspect an order and wanted to find out how they could perhaps meet some new vendors while they were over there. 485 more words

When you put your vendor on a pedestal it is time for a reality check

I am working on a project now with a vendor in China that I have known for about four years. I met this vendor at the Canton Fair and I have run a few sourcing projects by them over the last few years. 290 more words

Book Review: Age of Ambition, Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China. By Evan Osnos

I always enjoyed Evan Osnos’s articles on China when he was the Beijing based correspondent for the New Yorker. Osnos lived in Beijing for eight years and speaks Chinese, two attributes that informed his writing on China which I have always found to be informative and entertaining. 668 more words

5 assumptions NOT to make when you do business in China

There was an interview in the China Daily recently with the President of the American Chamber of commerce in China, Ken Jarrett. Jarrett was discussing the need for American companies that sell into China to adapt their product to local tastes. 379 more words

A letter from a start up that wants to source in China

I had an inquiry from a person in Australia this morning. I get so many inquiries like this so I thought I would publish the inquiry and my reply accordingly. 632 more words