By Mike Genung
Feb 21, 2013

Chinese companies are starting to come back online this week. At least, some of them. Many factories will be closed until the 24th, some even longer. Afterwards manufacturers will need several weeks…

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By Mike Genung
Jan 28, 2013

This is the last full week of work before Chinese factories shut down for the Chinese New Year Holiday. Factories are now in full swing making last minute orders that must ship this…

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By Mike Genung
Oct 23, 2012

A friend recently asked me “what will happen to your business if Mitt Romney is elected as president?” My reply: “nothing.” Mitt has followed in the footsteps of every presidential contender since…

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By Mike Genung
Oct 12, 2012

The appreciation of the Yuan against the dollar has been accelerating again; as of today it’s up to 6.267 to 1. Last July it was up around 6.38 to 1. I can’t…

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By Mike Genung
Oct 05, 2012

I receive calls from customers who’ve tried to buy from China on their own, have been burned, and want to know if we can help them sort out the mess. I usually…

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By Mike Genung
Sep 28, 2012

In May I visited China. One hot, humid afternoon, after having lunch, I spied a cage across the alley from the restaurant that appeared to have a snake. As I approached the…

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By Mike Genung
Sep 10, 2012

We work with several factories that produce top quality wood pens. They make pens from rosewood, walnut, maple, bamboo, and bi-wood (a combination of maple and rosewood). Their production capacities are huge,…

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