China sourcing is complicated. And that’s talking strictly about the non-legal side of it. Our China lawyers who draft manufacturing contracts (typically NNN Agreements, Product Development Agreements and Contract Manufacturing Agreements) have seen enough mistakes to write a book. Well someone sort of just did. Renaud Anjouran, of Quality Inspection Blog, essentially just did, in his post, China Sourcing 101: the 15-Part Guide for New Buyers. He describes it as a “15-part series for new buyers who are starting to work with Chinese suppliers (and for more experienced people who want to double-check whether they are working in a smart way)” and it consists of the following 15 articles:
- Do You Need a Sourcing Agent?
- How to Identify Potential Suppliers?
- How to Verify a Manufacturer
- Second Choices vs. “Never Again”
- Negotiation: The Terms you Need to Discuss
- Keep Some Leverage with Suppliers
- Pre-Production: Describing What You Want
- Project Management of Your Orders
- Check Quality Early in the Manufacturing Cycle
- Always Verify Quality Before Shipment
- Build Good rapport with Suppliers
- How Closely Do You Follow Your Productions?
- The 5 Steps to Developing a Chinese Supplier
- How a Factory Can Improve Quality
- How a Factory Can Improve Productivity
If you want help in figuring out how to better source your product from China, I suggest you work your way through this series. And if you want help on the legal side, I suggest you read some or all of the following: