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    December 19, 2018

    Can a Manufacturer Protect My Intellectual Property (IP) in China?

    Let me guess – you’ve designed a killer product that you want to manufacture in China, but you’re worried that a cheaper version of your product will appear on Alibaba in a month. Who wants to spend the R+D dollars to then have their intellectual property (IP) stolen in a flash? Taking your IP to China will prove much smoother (and less risky)...

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    November 14, 2018

    Manufacturing Location Considerations: Where to Make My Product?

    Have you ever wished for an easy, all-in-one-place guide to the most cost-effective locations for specific manufacturing processes? Maybe you’re thinking, “No, but now that you mention it…” 😊

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    September 26, 2018

    It's Time to Start Planning for Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year 2020 begins January 25th. That means, it's time to start planning - TODAY!

    Wait a minute, you say. It's only September, you say. 

    We know, we know. But this is a big deal, and if you're going to escape Chinese New Year (CNY) unscathed, you need to start preparing now. We can feel you comparing us to those folks who hang their...

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    July 17, 2018

    How to Manage Supply Chain Delays Caused by Chinese New Year

    There's a lot of talk about tariffs and trade wars and what affect they MAY have on the global economy. Those things are incredibly important, of course. At the same time, if someone knew something was CERTAIN to affect their business and did nothing to prepare for it, they'd be considered incompetent, wouldn't they?

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    March 01, 2018

    How to Overcome Language Barriers When Manufacturing Overseas

    Have you ever traveled to a country where the residents don't speak your language? Trying to make yourself understood and trying to understand someone else when neither of you is speaking your native language is hard enough when you're a tourist trying to find a museum, a good restaurant or the bathroom. Imagine trying to develop a product with...

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    September 12, 2017

    Chinese New Year: Recommendations to Keep Your Supply Chain on Track

    Well, here we are. It’s mid-September and we’re reminding you one last time about preparing for Chinese New Year (CNY) delays.

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    May 19, 2017

    Why You Must Plan Early for Chinese New Year

    If you're a regular blog reader you might have read the title and said, "It's TOO EARLY to start reading about planning for Chinese New Year!" And you're sort of right.

    It's true you don't have to get your orders in for Chinese New Year (CNY). That would be overkill. But it's not too early to look at the calendar and strategize about how to...

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    December 27, 2016

    Planning Ahead for 2017 Chinese Holidays

    Want to be more organized in 2017?

    Pro tip: Stop what you’re doing right now and pull out your phone, tablet, planner and desk calendar and mark the upcoming Chinese holidays.

    Often, Chinese holidays span more than one day. Being aware of the dates that are affected can help you better forecast your ordering needs and keep from experiencing...

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    September 13, 2016

    It's Time to Start Planning for Chinese New Year 2017!

    Chinese New Year 2017 is on January 28th. Time to start planning!

    Wait a minute, you say. It's only September, you say. 

    We know, we know. But this is a big deal, and if you're going to escape CNY unscathed, you need to start preparing now. We can feel you comparing us to those folks who hang their Christmas decorations before the leaves change...

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    February 11, 2016

    6 Myths About Quality Control in Chinese Factories

    You've heard it all before: nothing but junk is made in China. While many low-cost and low-performing children's toys and other trinkets are indeed manufactured in China, many myths and misconceptions abound when it comes to quality control in Chinese factories. We're here to set the record straight. Good quality products can be and currently...

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