It’s That Time Again

By Mike Genung | July 20, 2015 | China

The presidential campaign is well under way, and as usual, China bashing is back. One candidate in particular has gone on the record about “standing up to China for stealing our jobs.” Threats always abound when presidential elections are in full swing; anything from instituting an across the board customs duty rate for all goods […]

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The Risk of Manufacturing in China from a Sample Alone

By Mike Genung | June 2, 2015 | China Sourcing

We get calls all the time from customers who want to send a sample to China to get a production quote. If the product is a simple item such as a stuffed doll, clothing, a glass, or a simple wood product that doesn’t need to mate with other parts or products, a sample alone may […]

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Can You Guess What This Is?

By Mike Genung | May 11, 2015 | China

Last year during a visit to Qingdao, China, we stopped off at a street fair to look around. A couple of guys were selling liquid in the large jugs you see in the picture. I couldn’t resist asking what it was. My first guess was some sort of fuel, maybe gas or kerosene (note the […]

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New Video – Manufacturing and Sourcing from China

By Mike Genung | March 16, 2015 | China Sourcing

Last week we loaded a new video on sourcing from China to the home page. The previous video was done by a professional actor; we decided to make the change because our customers seem to relate to and want to know the real people they’re working with, as opposed to an actor talking about the […]

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New: We are Now Sourcing from Taiwan Manufacturers

By Mike Genung | February 18, 2015 | China Sourcing

We are now sourcing from manufacturing companies in Taiwan. A little about Taiwan: their population is 23 million, as compared to China’s 1.3 billion. Taiwan’s 977 billion dollar GDP is around one tenth of China’s more than 9 trillion dollar economy. While Taiwan’s industrial base is much smaller than China’s, their high tech sector is […]

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The Mess at the West Coast Ports

By Mike Genung | February 4, 2015 | Importing

For the past seven months, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents 20,000 dockworkers at the ports along the West Coast of the U.S., including Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle, have been in a tiff over a contract dispute with the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents the […]

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The Next 60 Days

By Mike Genung | January 8, 2015 | China

Happy New Year! It’s always fun to get a new year launched, isn’t it? We re-visit our dreams, look back at our successes and issues we might need to fine tune, set goals, and assemble plans. Speaking of plans, we should look at what’s going on in China manufacturing for the next two months so […]

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The Strategic Locations of our Partner Companies in China

By Mike Genung | July 25, 2014 | China Sourcing

by Mike Genung A big part of what we offer is that we have boots on the ground in China. Unless you’re willing to play Russian Roulette and hope you don’t get burned, the only way to safely import from China is to have someone there in your behalf who knows the business culture. Our […]

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Pictures: Visiting a CNC Machine Shop in China

By Mike Genung | May 21, 2014 | Manufacturing in China

Two months ago I visited a cnc machine shop in China that makes precision, close tolerance machined parts for us. They’re capable of doing close tolerance work in a variety of materials and sizes. They have plenty of CNC lathes and other equipment in their precision CNC machine shop. Here’s a picture of me in their factory: […]

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5 Common China Sourcing Mistakes

By Mike Genung | May 6, 2014 | China Sourcing

While some people condemn inexpensive Chinese labor as a reason for economic decline in the United States, smart American entrepreneurs have learned to work with Chinese manufacturers in order to maximize their profits. The Chinese economy presents incredible and highly lucrative business opportunities for entrepreneurs in the United States and other foreign markets. While there […]

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