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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 2019 begins February 5th. 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 22, 2016

    Chinese New Year 2017 Order Deadline Calculator

    Chinese New Year 2017 is quickly approaching. Avoid a stockout situation during CNY 2017 by using our interactive CNY order deadline calculator below to find out when to place your order from China or Vietnam! Speak with your supplier about exact deadlines just to be safe.

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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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    March 10, 2016

    5 Reasons Alibaba is the Wrong Place to Find a Supplier

    Unless your product is a shelf-stocked, run-of-the-mill commodity, Alibaba isn't the place to find your manufacturing partner – because that is just what you need: a partner. Small businesses often make hasty, emotion-induced decisions. This is the wrong approach. Objectivity becomes valuable when you're looking to forge a long-term...

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