Over the years, I have worked with many small and midsize importers who were looking for a good supplier. A very common question they have is “what kind of factory should I look for?” The problem is simple to grasp: Small factories give low quotations, but are not very reliable — especially when they need... More »The Small Buyer’s Dilemma in China
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We guess Scott Adams put it best when he said “It’s a wondrous human characteristic to be able to slip into and out of idiocy many times a day without noticing the change or accidentally killing innocent bystanders in the process.” You see, just the other day, we were ranting about our mobile phone because... More »4 Times Smart Tech People Said Stupid Things
Your email archive is stored in one compact piece of hardware. But believe it or not, by adding this extra little box, you can cut down on the amount of hardware your business needs. Storage Storing data takes up space, especially when it is email data. To maintain a record of all the emails requires... More »Email Archiving – How to Keep Your Hardware to a Minimum
The Apple app store is overflowing with apps. There are more than 800,000 live apps on the iTunes Store, and by the end of 2013, the number will cross one million. Why do so many companies and individuals spend their money on developing apps for the iPhone? Because it pays – they get enough marketing... More »Superb Print Books for Learning iPhone Application Development
When employees call in sick or have to miss work because of a personal emergency, your business doesn’t grind to a halt. If you urgently need their assistance to finish a project or resolve an issue, you can probably reach them via email or cellphone. But when technology shuts down, it’s usually a big productivity problem. Even with automatic data backup, if your laptop crashes with all your current work stored on the computer, it may take time to restore your system. In the meantime, you can only do so much without that information. More »Are Technology Malfunctions Disrupting Your Company’s Productivity?
In today’s competitive business world, corporate entities simply cannot afford to lose focus due to employee issues such as theft, workplace violence, harassment, embezzlement, injury claims, and other similar matters. Because of the need, a vast majority of employers out there have incorporated pre-employment background screening in their risk management plans. It was done to... More »Pre-Employment Background Screening Explained
The well-written survey could be viewed as a window, a window into the minds of your present customers. It could also be seen as a crystal ball, one that shows you the customers you’ll have in the future. If your survey is incentivized, you could also see it as bait, an effective lure to attract... More »How To Write a Survey that Engages Customers
Micromanagement. It may seem like a little thing that’s isolated to a few managers, or staff in your company, but the effects of micromanagement could have a huge long-and short-term negative impact on your ability to be effective as a manager, and your ability to achieve or exceed your company’s goals. Take a second to... More »Just Say No to Micromanaging
Within the space of 45 minutes today, I get two calls from sales people–each selling something completely different. The first sentences out of their mouths were essentially the same, “Dave, I’m Joe Smith (we’ll say), from XYZ Systems. I wanted to see if I could provide you a free quote for……….” The answers in both... More »“Can I Give You A Quote?”
Back in March of this year I penned What Is Programmatic Advertising And Is It The Future? The opening sentence said it all: “I am by nature a very curious person especially when it comes to the world of marketing, advertising and branding.” I prefaced my column that day because I am indeed a very curious person and... More »Programmatic Advertising – My Curious Quest Continues
If you ask any business owner with regards to the importance of upholding trade relations, all of them would give identical answers. Each and every business owner acknowledges the reality that upholding trade relations is the way and presumably the only way to achieve business success. On this end, how you can possibly conclude that... More »Coming Up with Creative Ways to Uphold Trade Relations
Alert: Joomla CMS websites are currently under attack; admin entry is the way they are using to get into your server, mainly through forcing password. Website owners and Administrators should make sure they have strong passwords and unique usernames for their Joomla website installations. Accordingly to GloudFlare, HouseGator, over the past few days, hackers have... More »Don’t Let Your Joomla Website Get Hacked
When you think you finally have sales leads, the biggest mistake is to take things for granted. Many mistakes involving them can be blamed on a lax attitude towards the source of these business leads. For example, just because you conversed with a prospect online does not mean you should not be prepared to talk... More »Sales Lead Generation Has Always Been About Conversation
Arming your lead generation campaign with a lot of convincing information seems pretty second nature for a lot of health-related companies. However, it is also a reality that people have become increasingly doubtful with the way people use such information to give their own spin on things. Does this mean that citing stats and numbers... More »Does Health Lead Generation Play With Numbers?
Sometimes I get strange questions or comments from people who are not professional importers. I am reminded by these questions that most importers are not familiar with how business is done in China. Listed here are a few of the misconceptions about importing products from China. The first few on the list are often concerns... More »The 10 Biggest Misconceptions Importers Have About China