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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 24, 2018

    Setting up a Vendor Managed Inventory Program in 5 Simple Steps

    Are you looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline ordering and ensure that you never run out of product? Uh... Is this a trick question? Of course you are!

    One tried and true solution could be adopting Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI), an arrangement between your company and your supplier to automatically replenish stock.

    It's a simple...

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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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    November 02, 2017

    2018 Chinese Holidays Planning Calendar [downloadable calendar]

    Now that all the dust has settled surrounding Chinese New Year ordering, we’ve got something to tell you: There are other Chinese holidays, some spanning up to a week, that you need to be aware of.

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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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    July 18, 2017

    Prepping for Chinese New Year 2018: Two Things to Do Now

    If there's one thing we harp on over and over again here in the East West blog it's the need to be prepared for the Chinese New Year (CNY) and Tet holidays. 

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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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    February 07, 2017

    Chinese New Year: We've Got Your Back

    Another Chinese New Year has come and gone, and you missed the boat. Literally. Amazon and Walmart bought all the space and your products were left on the dock. And you're kicking yourself because you're thinking, "They told me to plan..."

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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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    October 20, 2016

    Chinese New Year: Time to Prepare for Supply Chain Disruption

     A few days ago a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of a Christmas display at his local home improvement store. It’s mid-October. We haven’t even hit Halloween and a store already has a Christmas display up? Sometimes it seems that planning well in advance of the holidays goes a little overboard, but how many folks have found...

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