How a Sourcing Agent Can Help Avoid 9 Dangers And Bad Practices Of Risky Supplier Platforms And Factories
There are many dangers of china manufacturing.
You might have a product in mind to manufacture, and you may have considered using Alibaba, AliExpress, or going directly to a factory.
There are some important considerations and potential dangers of going through Alibaba or other platforms to find a supplier, or when dealing directly with a factory, compared to using a sourcing agent.
At Arcadia Sourcing, we’ve been in the industry for over a decade, and our team has over 30 years of experience combined. Before finding us, however, some of our clients went through nightmare scenarios by going through a supplier platform like Alibaba, or directly to a factory.
So that you don’t have to make the same mistakes, or waste your time and money, we’ve put together some of these bad practices and dangers, and how they compare with going through a sourcing agent.
You’ll have a balanced comparison to launch your product into a reality.
1. You pay your deposits but were never sent their product.
Some even paid in full, but the factory never shipped their product out, and then it was radio silence.
When going through a sourcing agent like Arcadia Sourcing, you’ll always have complete transparency and know exactly what’s happening to your product from start to finish.
2. Communication is probably one of the most important points.
Miscommunication due to language barriers leads to a lack of execution of the product brief, which leads to you receiving a bad product or one that’s slightly off that you can’t sell. It’s wasted time, money, and energy.
Hiring a translator won’t do the trick either, as they’ll likely not have the engineering experience compared to a sourcing agent’s team like Arcadia.
A sourcing agent protects the client’s interest by giving good advice, clearly communicated. This is one of the easiest dangers of china manufacturing to avoid.
3. Auditing before during and after the production process.
Factories that have the service to inspect their goods will naturally be biased, so you have zero guarantee that the product you’re paying for is up to standard, ethically produced, or that the factory abides by labor laws.
A third party like Arcadia Sourcing audits factories thoroughly and regularly to make sure they’re following all these best practices, ultimately saving you time and money, and ensuring your product is created exactly to standard.
4. Inspection during the production process and after it has been produced.
If you go directly to a factory or through an Alibaba supplier, you have no idea what your product’s quality will look like once it’s done. There needs to be due diligence when testing and inspecting products.
With Arcadia, we follow an extremely stringent inspection process so you get high quality every time you place an order. This is one of the most important dangers of china manufacturing that people find out about after it's too late.
Find out more about our quality control in the link below.
5. Stealing product ideas, especially for patented products.
If you don’t have the right paperwork in place this can create huge legal issues.
Navigating the Chinese legal system without prior knowledge is very different from what you’re used to in other countries. This could cause huge delays and even land huge legal problems.
A sourcing agent like Arcadia guides you through the paperwork process, going the extra mile to make sure your product idea is protected on all fronts.
We’ve outlined this point in full detail in our video about NNN’s and NDA’s – check it out in the link below.
6. Wasted time.
Going back and forth with a factory or with an Alibaba supplier is time-consuming.
A sourcing agent on location or within easy commuting distance, on the other hand, handles all of that communication for you. They cut down miscommunication issues, and you don’t have to worry about any time differences or wasted travel time.
7. Easily work with multiple factories or suppliers.
Sometimes you have to work with multiple factories to supply different pieces for one product. This quickly becomes confusing and time-consuming.
Using a sourcing agent is incredibly beneficial as your one point of contact that keeps track of the whole process. One call with your project manager on the ground gives you all the answers you want.
A sourcing agent’s knowledge and understanding of how to handle this communication takes a huge weight off your shoulders and simplifies the process.
You’ll also save money with a sourcing agent as you won’t have to organize individual sample shipments from each factory.
At Arcadia, we can organize and consolidate your samples and ship it to you to save you on freight.
Prior to dispatching your shipment of samples or order, not only will our inspection team in China by taking a close look at your products and making sure it is up to standard, we too, in Hong Kong, will have a second pair of eyes to ensure your vision is executed.
Not being able to effectively manage multiple suppliers and parts manufacturers is one of the big dangers of china manufacturing.
8. Cost savings.
Working directly with a factory or supplier will be more expensive for you because at some stage during the process, you’ll have to fly out to see the factory to audit it yourself.
An experienced sourcing agent, however, is already on the ground, so they can make these trips for you, saving you time and money. You’ll get a report you can rely on.
9. Get what you expect and deal with the factory right away if needed.
It’s important to have a sourcing agent so that expectations are met. We also help you consider the best way forward if and when things don’t go as planned – for example, what are the best shipping methods during political turmoil, which factories are still operating, etc.
How To Make The Whole China Manufacturing Process Easy And Cost Effective
Arcadia looks into all the details for you and keeps you up to date.
Ultimately, the biggest problem when going direct to a factory or a supplier lies in quality or lack thereof.
On top of this, there are so many scams out there that you may end up sending money for a product that never sees the light of day. So you lose money, you have a terrible product, you’re left frustrated, or with a huge dent in your wallet.
It doesn’t have to be that hard. With a reliable sourcing agent, you’ll have a completely different experience, especially with one based out of Hong Kong, like Arcadia Sourcing.
Working with a trustworthy sourcing agent brings the entire process down to one simple and clear exchange.
It minimizes the issue of miscommunication due to language, and due to speaking with multiple sources. You have no issues with the time difference, and you can rest assured that the factory is working under the best possible practices to create your product as you see fit. This is one of the most important dangers of china manufacturing that can be avoided.
How Arcadia Sourcing Can Save You Time And Money
Now, we don’t mean to say that all sourcing agents are angels, nor does it mean that all Alibaba suppliers are terrible.
You need to find a reliable sourcing agent to avoid the dangers of china manufacturing. A good sourcing company will make sure your product is created up to your standard. If you’re stuck as to how to find a reliable sourcing agent, check out this information, which outlines what to look out for when you’re searching for one.
At Arcadia Sourcing, we’ve turned our clients’ visions into a reality without any headaches or worries that some suppliers create when going through them directly.
Our expert team is very hands-on and makes sure to get to the bottom of what our clients want by taking the time at the start to properly understand what each and everyone is looking for.
You can relax and rest assured that your product is in safe hands and will be delivered on time, in good quality, and at your preferred price point thanks to our vast network of specific suppliers.
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