Sourcing is a service that is always in demand. The question for an international business company is whether the economics work (good quality sourcing takes resourcefulness, attention to detail and ultimately lots of time).
When hiring consultants in China, make sure that they have solid manufacturing experience and supply chain management practices. They should be able to develop your product quickly and cost-effectively; this also includes helping you build your supply chain and optimize it to get better achievements with quality assurance.
Depending on the type of business you have, you should hire manufacturing consultants that deliver solutions from product design, prototype samples, function acceptance testing, and high volume production support. This fact will increase your company competitiveness in the market and make the company more successful.
Before starting the manufacturing process, establish the production planning in accordance with the factory capacity and a quality management plan. This also includes a strong business and legal support that can provide solutions for your business development in China.
And of course, another important factor is the language barrier. Make sure your consultant(s) are fluent in both languages. Hire bilingual consultants who are drawn upon to work in China on your project whether it is in engineering, manufacturing, market research, or export-import.
Some of the services consultants usually offer:
- Troubleshoot and problem solve
- Help you meet Chinese law requirements
- Help you find suitable partners
- Monitor partner performance
In most cases, ethical and experienced consultants can immediately advise you on the ideal model for you to work with China or the potential of your products/services in China. In order for you to get results, you need to be honest and provide them with comprehensive information on your business strategy, situation and needs. If you have little chance of succeeding in China, they may be able to advise you the difficulties upfront and hence save your time, money and resources to work on mission impossible.
No matter how nimble, resourceful and experienced your consultants are, they do not know your business the way you do. Therefore, do not just leave everything in their hands. Request progress reports, communicate with them regularly, provide feedback, ideas and information when required or necessary so that they will refine and tailor the approach during project delivery.