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Do you want to come to China with us?

China Blueprint in partnership with Teed Up Travel is going to China! Why? – this is a business tour seeking to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation, by providing opportunities for regional based businesses to explore global import and export opportunities and to conduct ‘business over the horizon’. The global economy is massive and new approaches to conducting business, including expanding internet capabilities, cost effective transport and growing distribution networks; is opening up a world of new business opportunities. Global buyer and supplier markets are increasingly within the reach of regional based business and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The tour will commence in Guangzhou to…

Top five tips for year’s end

The end of the year and its fever of commercial activity is crucial to the success of many Australian importers, so China Blueprint has come up with five top tips for newbies and/or forgetful old hands. 1. Hedge your bucks now With the Oz dollar on something of a slide, the time is right to get your foreign currency sorted out for those orders you’re expecting to pay for – and receive – well before Christmas. Our man in Forex says the lowest of the lows are nearly upon us, so stay ahead of the game and book your cash…

Visiting China: what’s the best way?

Planning a business trip to China can be daunting if it’s your first time. That’s why we’re looking at the pros and cons of the options available to businesspeople drawn by the host of opportunities that Australia’s largest trading partner has to offer. If you’re an entrepreneur or run a company that is drawn to the opportunities in one of the world’s largest economies, then getting your foot in the Chinese door can be something of a challenge. Barriers to entering the Chinese market include language and culture as well as the vast size of the country. Fortunately, there are…

Aston Martin’s lesson in due diligence

Aston Martin, the automobile brand with James Bond drive, recently recalled more than 17,000 of its high-end sports cars due to a faulty accelerator pedal sourced from a factory in China. The Chinese government accused the British company of starting a blame game, saying it was negligent of due diligence. At China Blueprint we encounter a lot of aspiring importers who believe that the sourcing of products in China is simply plug and play – just like bringing home a new gadget. This notion is totally mistaken, especially when it comes to selecting the right materials for products. The responsibility…

Is China still cheap to manufacture?

With the impact of borderless e-commerce adding to the pressure on local retailers, the Australian market is increasingly competitive. Ever-lower prices at the retail level make you wonder whether manufacturing prices in China are also getting cheaper or whether retail margins here are plummeting. China Blueprint’s view is that traditional import markets, such as clothing and furniture, have long been highly competitive but are now getting increasingly hard for new entrants at home. This is not due to a lack of availability in China, but from increased competition in the local market.

Consolidation complications – China

The following blog was prepared by our freight & logistics partner, Angela Gambell from Stockwell International. If you are consolidating goods of any type to import from China you simply must read this. It makes sense of an otherwise overly complicated process. To the novice, consolidated shipments (multiple suppliers in the one shipment) can be extremely daunting. Not only do the laws in China make this process difficult to understand but we are also working in a very low trust environment and this will always increase the issues involved when dealing with multiple suppliers.

Canton Fair – you could find the next big thing!

With the Canton Fair just around the corner, I know many of you will be making plans to head there soon. It’s a fantastic time of the year, despite being humid, with over 200,000 people from all around the world congregating to Guangzhou. Why you should go With thousands of factories and trading companies participating in this 3 phase fair, it is an invaluable opportunity for you to go and see what’s made in China. It gives you a real sense of awe and you will find yourself walking away saying – what’s not made in China? Many people also…

Factory production sample savvy in 10 simple steps

Ever received samples sent from a factory that make your jaw drop in disbelief? Yep. That’s why we’re looking at how to make sure you get the best samples you can in 10 simple steps. The right factory Choosing the right factory sounds like common sense, but many importers don’t do their homework on factories before they start sampling. Maybe they’re new to the game, or are over-confident of their abilities. Whatever the reason, China Blueprint can’t stress the importance of thoroughly checking factories by asking for a list of preferably Australian companies they have done work for. By knowing…

Importers – rounding up your energies for the Year of the Horse

Most people in China take an extended break at the Chinese or lunar new year – just as we do over the Christmas/new year period. You’ll hopefully be back in work mode, so we’ve come up with seven things you can crack on with while the manufacturers are relaxing with their families. With some factories taking between two and four weeks off over the lunar new year, its the perfect time to reflect on the way you work and where your business is going.