The sourcing process is not                                                      simple by any means, but it’s a          ...
Negotiating is never easy, but it can become even more difficult when faced with an unfamiliar culture. Although anything ...
Short Listing Suppliers          It’s generally a good idea to talk with at least three suppliers at a time to keep your o...
Find A Point-Of-Sale         The last thing you want is to hold on to goods without a way of selling them, so make sure yo...
Payment             The form of payment is often a part of negotiations, as the type chosen will directly affect the amoun...
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Buyers Complete Sourcing Checklist

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Here are six tips to keep in mind when negotiating with Chinese suppliers.

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- Sourcing
- Short Listing Suppliers
- Quality Control
- Find a Point of Sale
- Negotiations
- Contracl / Agreement Signing
- Payment
- Monitor Supply Performance

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Buyers Complete Sourcing Checklist

  1. 1. The sourcing process is not simple by any means, but it’s a lot easier than you may think. By checking all your numbers and establishing good relationships, many hassles usually related with sourcing can be easily avoided. Post this handy sourcing checklist up in your office to remind yourself of the most important steps and you’ll be an old pro before you know it.© 2010 - Buyer’s Complete Sourcing Checklist - Page
  2. 2. Negotiating is never easy, but it can become even more difficult when faced with an unfamiliar culture. Although anything can be negotiatedin China – you’ll probably get better results if you know the ins and outs with suppliers. The more you understand about the positions, cultures,pressures and backgrounds of your counterparts, the more you can use that knowledge to get what you want.Here are six tips to keep in mind when negotiating with Chinese suppliers: Sourcing There are three major methods with which to find a supplier:Internet Publications TradeshowsOnline B2B marketplaces such as Alibaba.com Trade and industry periodicals were once very Conventions and exhibitions focus hundreds,are the most popular sourcing methods today, popular, but are now being left behind as even thousands of suppliers in one place,as they offer easy access to a huge amount of more people turn to digital media. though because they are available only forinformation quickly. Nonetheless, they still provide buyers with short periods, it’s near impossible for to see informative editorial content as well as the everything in a show.PROS: connection to suppliers that they seek.Interactive, easy, methodical and efficient. PROS: PROS: Face-to-face meetings help build partnershipsCONS: Informative, portable. quickly.Missing that ‘human factor’. CONS: CONS: Slow, non-interactive, good ones are pricey. Too much to see, too little time, travel required. PRO TIP: Want to see which tradeshows are right for you? Search for tradeshows on Alibaba.com now!© 2010 - Buyer’s Complete Sourcing Checklist - Page 2
  3. 3. Short Listing Suppliers It’s generally a good idea to talk with at least three suppliers at a time to keep your options open, as well as to gather moreinformation about the product you’re sourcing. Can the supplier deliver what you want, when you want it?  Do you know anyone who has used and can recommend them? Are they financially secure?  Are they on any approved supplier lists from trade associations, How long have they been established? local or central government? Quality Control Make sure quality control is an integral part of your sourcing process. The little time and money it takes to do this may save you afortune in the future.Do-it-yourself Hiring ExpertsIf you choose to monitor the quality of your goods personally, be sure Quality inspection companies can take a very time-consuming processyou are familiar with the laws and regulations. Check for standards off your hands, though this pricey service is not a luxury that manysuch as safety requirements (Chemical compositions, manufacturing buyers can afford.practices) as well as international trade laws (tariffs, import duties). PROS:If a supplier offers samples, don’t hesitate to take them up on your Comprehensive, customizableoffer. Not only will you get to check the quality of goods, but you willalso get to experience their service through the whole supply process. CONS: Costs accumulate exponentially depending on size of shipment andPROS: attention to detailCheap PRO TIPS: 1. Many suppliers on Alibaba.com offerCONS: free samples, click here to check them out now!Relies on experience, time-consuming 2. Set aside a budget for QC early, as this cost will vary from product to product .© 2010 - Buyer’s Complete Sourcing Checklist - Page 3
  4. 4. Find A Point-Of-Sale The last thing you want is to hold on to goods without a way of selling them, so make sure you can sell the goods before you evenmake an order Negotiations If you focus too much on getting the lowest price, suppliers may end up lowering product quality in return. Instead, concentrate onother important factors: Quality  Payment terms Value for money  After-sales service and maintenance Delivery promptness  Life-time costs Contract/Agreement Signing Make sure your contract spells out exactly what you need as well as what the supplier offers in return so that both parties are awareof each other’s expectations. Goods – Specify what goods are being bought, noting any legal or  Quality Control – Be clear about who bears what risks in case of loss technical rules with which they must comply. or damage at each stage of the process. Price – How much will you pay? In which currency? At what  Potential problems – Include procedures that would be exchange rate? implemented if a dispute arises. Payment Method – When and how will payment be made?  Service level agreement – Define the level of service your supplier Delivery – How will the goods be transported to you? must provide. Trading terms – Specify exactly who is responsible for shipping  Legal jurisdiction –If there is a dispute, where would legal costs, duties, and customs-related formalities. proceedings be heard?© 2010 - Buyer’s Complete Sourcing Checklist - Page 4
  5. 5. Payment The form of payment is often a part of negotiations, as the type chosen will directly affect the amount of risk you are exposed to.Credit Card Escrow ServicesPROS: PROS:Fast and safe, card benefits SafestCONS: CONS:Not widely acceptable CostlyMoney Transfers PaypalPROS: PROS:Fast, shows trust in the supplier Somewhat safe, widely acceptedCONS: CONS:Money sent is irretrievable Susceptible to scams Monitor Supply Performance Just because you’ve paid and received the goods does not mean the transaction is complete. Keep in contact with your supplier byproviding feedback and comments to keep the relationship going. This will help you secure better terms and services in the long term.About Alibaba.comAlibaba.com (HKSE: 1688.HK) is the global leader in e-commerce for small businesses and the flagship company of Alibaba Group. Founded in1999, Alibaba.com makes it easy for millions of buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online.© 2010 - Buyer’s Complete Sourcing Checklist - Page 5

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