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How to Negotiate with Chinese Suppliers for Small Businesses

How to Negotiate with Chinese Suppliers for Small Businesses: There are many aspects of international business that have suffered over the last couple of years, and effective negotiation in China is certainly one of these factors. The basis of effective negotiation in China is to ‘make friends first, and do business later’ – something that […]

7 Proven Steps in Finding Trusted Suppliers in China in 2022

7 Proven Steps in Finding Trusted Suppliers in China in 2022 Supplier or Liar? UK Small Business Guide We live in strange times – massive government intervention globally for the last two years has had a huge impact on small businesses, with rampant UK inflation the latest challenge to deal with, combined with a country […]

The Real Story: China Versus Vietnam

Will Vietnam Replace China? Whilst large western corporations are currently reviewing their reliance on China based on geopolitical tensions. Vietnam would seem to offer an alternative for companies wishing to purchase abroad. Vietnam’s Import & Export Vietnam’s Import & Export increased from US$36.5 billion in 2002 to US$668.5 billion in 2021, a growth rate of […]

Supply Chains and Inflationary Pressure

Supply Chains and Inflationary Pressure Whilst the world is getting madder by the day, and the newspapers report impending doom and the end of China as the ‘Global Workshop’ – we are quietly supporting our customers and shipping to them several times a week. Our supply partners are working harder than ever to come up […]

Lockdowns Risk Stalling Supply Chains

Despite authorities in Shanghai talking to major manufacturers and granting special concessions, this is not available to SME’s and the impacts are wide ranging and add to over two years of global supply chain challenges. Meaning that lockdowns risk stalling supply chains. Lockdowns Risk Stalling Supply Chains: Whilst Shanghai is getting the headlines on lockdown, […]

10 Strategies for Avoiding Chinese New Year Disruption 

10 Strategies for Avoiding Chinese New Year Disruption •   Spring festival or Chinese New Year is the most prominent time of the year for Chinese festivities. Consequently it’s a time when Chinese and global supply chains are disrupted and there is a need for strategies for avoiding Chinese New Year disruption in manufacturing. Despite being […]