Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Confessions of an Open Networker

I like LinkedIn.  In fact, probably too much and had let my network get out of control.  The thrill of connecting.  All the exotic foreign countries.  The multitude of careers, positions, names, faces.  I was caught up in the moment.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Lot Like Dining Out

(Thanks for stopping by this post.  After you read this, do me a favor and stop by the new house: Hope to see you there and remember to leave a comment so I know who is reading!  Much love - Jacob) 

This weekend we went to a restaurant that serves “Western Cuisine”.   I mentioned in a post from last year, that I seldom like to go to the so-called Western places in China.  I wasn’t surprised during this outing…the same ol’ same ol’ rang true. 

But one thing that stood out, is that, especially in the promotional product and branded merchandise realms, managing and supervising production from factories is a lot like dining out in China.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Back to the conversation I had with the “China sourcing expert”…

I’m going to pick on this guy again.  Not because this guy just deserves being picked on but because he embodies the mindset of most Westerners in the manufacturing business in China.  It’s a mindset that is focused on the short-term.  It’s also a mindset that leads to a multitude of the problems you see with China manufacturing, whether quality issues, certification / health scares, late delivery times, inconsistent pricing or loss of time.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Does Your Buyer Know You Quote That Way?

Many buyers treat offshore quoting like shopping
Buyers, importers, distributors, folks thinking about becoming importers, distributors who import, suppliers who import…whatever the classification, I’ve heard the same complaint from them whenever they come to a trade show in either Hong Kong or Mainland China.