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December 22, 2015

Chinese Holidays 2016: Planning to Prevent Business Delays

If you do business in China, taking note of Chinese holidays is a must. While most American holidays are a single day, some Chinese holidays last one week or more. Plan your trips and meetings around major holidays like Chinese New Year (CNY) and Golden Week, during which business shuts down and traveling becomes a nightmare. If you will be in...

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October 13, 2015

Fighting the Stigma of "Made in China"

"Well, it was made in China, so of course it broke!" is a phrase I grew accustomed to hearing as a child. My mother would proclaim this sentiment, like clockwork, any time one of my toys crapped out after only a couple hours of play. Chinese-made products have gotten a bad rap for decades, as many consumers think they are cheap and of poor...

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October 08, 2015

12 Tips for Mastering Chinese Business Etiquette

Are you planning to do business in China? Chances are that one step out of the Shanghai airport will have you shouting, “We’re not in Scranton anymore, Bob!” Adjusting to the hectic pace of Chinese urban centers is not the only challenge that lies ahead. Learning the nuances of Chinese business culture is a beast of its own. Before your plane...

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August 27, 2015

It's Time to Start Planning for Chinese New Year 2016!

Chinese New Year 2016 is on February 8th. Time to start planning!

Wait a minute, you say. It's only August, 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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August 06, 2015

Can a Contract Manufacturer Help with Intellectual Property Protection 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. Your concern is valid – we are talking about China, the world’s leading purveyor of counterfeit goods. Who wants to spend the R+D dollars to then have their...

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March 19, 2015

3 Quick Ways to Fail Your Made in China, In a Hurry!

If you manufacture in China and want to fail faster than the next boutique cupcake shop in your hometown, follow these quick three tips!

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December 23, 2014

Right-Shoring: Where is the Best Place to Manufacture?

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! As the year comes to a close, we thought we'd highlight one of our favorite blog posts of the year. East West's Co-Founder and Executive VP, Jeff Sweeney, was featured on Manufacturing.net authoring the topic of "Right-Shoring." Read on for his take on the best place to manufacture goods. 

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September 23, 2014

It's Time to Plan for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year (CNY) goes mostly unnoticed here in the US, but there is a very good reason you should pay close attention to and plan for the largest Chinese holiday of the year.

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August 13, 2014

Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

As seen on Manufacturing.net Authored by: Jeff Sweeney

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March 27, 2014

Is Your Global Supply Chain Quality Trustworthy?

Wouldn't it be great for your company to be on CBS, ABC, USA Today, Time, CNN, and most local affiliates on the very same day? Absolutely! Unless of course the US Consumer Product Safety Commission just announced a recall of your product. Wal-Mart announced a recall of nearly 175,00 children’s dolls because the toys could overhead and...

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