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Does your sales man in China have an Official Company Wechat account?

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If the first question that comes to your mind when you read the above sentence is: ”What on earth is Wechat?”  or “What is Official Wechat account?” you are in trouble with your knowledge about China.

If your question is “Why would my sales man need an Official WeChat account?” you are in a better position but not up to date with marketing strategy in China.

As may you already know, many of the marketing tools as well as social media are different in China. Google, YouTube, Facebook and Tweeter do not work in China so you need to adopt the Chinese tools.

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Pallets from China can pose risks to supply chains

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on Tuesday, 29 March 2016
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Many U.S. importers regard procurement cost and pallet vendor selection as the shippers' burden, but this is risky and exposes an importer to severe supply chain disruptions should their pallets not be compliant with local requirements and face rejection by border officials. In addition, U.S. importers are missing an easy opportunity to improve their supply chain and their costs. Here is an outline of what is available in the market and their respective benefits and drawbacks.

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Dangerous Goods Supply Chains – After Tianjin

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The accident in Tianjin has had multiple repercussions for hazardous goods supply chains inside China, as well as into and out of China. The main impacts are as follow:

CONTINUING CLOSURE OF TIANJIN PORT TO IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF DANGEROUS GOODS

At this moment, Tianjin harbor remains closed to all imports and exports of goods with ”UN Number” hazard identification; regardless of whether these cargoes are liquids or solids. As the key portal for exports of chemicals from the industrial heartlands of Hebei Province and further afield, the idea that the harbor would simply close seemed very unlikely, but this is exactly what has happened. For chemical enterprises based within the catchment area of Tianjin harbor, the extra cost of diverting their cargoes via Qingdao or Dalian ports is ruinous, adding many thousands of RMB per container in cost. This comes as a serious and threatening extra burden to enterprises that are already operating on razor-thin profit margins and it can surely not be too long before this eventually forces them out of business. Handling fees inside Qingdao harbor are approximately double that of all the other harbors in China, as a result of its highly complex and careful storage requirements (themselves arising from a fire which took place in the harbor several years ago). So, the cost burden is amplified for those forced to export via Qingdao.

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New Container Weight Verification Rule – Perspectives from China

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In less than 6 months, the new container weight verification rule will take effect; however, in checking with my relevant China-based supply chain contacts (export manufacturers, freight forwarders and shipping lines) no one expects much to change, and there’s only a moderate awareness of what SOLAS even means.

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The Hidden Costs Of Sourcing From Inland China

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As costs continue to rise in Eastern China (namely, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces), the procurement manager may feel compelled to comparison-shop from alternate vendors in other parts of China or Southeast Asia.  However, it is often a mistake to simply compare the price quote based on the per unit ex-works price.  There are many hidden costs and variables which should be taken in to account when comparing a price quote for what appears to be the same widget from, say, Changzhou, Jiangsu versus that of Fuling, Chongqing.  This short essay is intended to educate and forewarn you of some of those potential increased costs and risks to your procurement program. 

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