Importing from China?  …Quality or just Quantity?

Importing from China? …Quality or just Quantity?

 According to the WTO (World Trade Organisation), which China became a member of in 2001, China is now not only- The largest manufacturing economy in the world The largest exporter of goods in the world The largest economy by GDP (PPP) in the world From 1978 up until 2013 China was the world’s fastest growing economy at an average rate of almost 10%. They now also have the capability to not only produce high volumes of all types of goods but they also have the expertise to produce them to very high standards of quality. This was not always the case: Brief history: If you have seen as many Christmases as I have, you will be aware of the words ‘Made in China’. In the early 1970’s these words were often the butt of many jokes in relation to mass produced rubbish, especially at Christmas time, when you pulled the cracker what came out was something like this:  So, China became known as the...
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5 tips for success in 2017: Year of the exporter?

5 tips for success in 2017: Year of the exporter?

Where will your business take you in 2017? Success and beyond, one would hope, but in these uncertain times, strong preparation and planning will be the key to achieving your potential. Strengthening and opening export channels will be imperative for many companies. Supply Chain Associate, Diane Thyer presents 5 important points to keep sight of in the coming year... 2017 is now upon us and the Christmas break, where reality was suspended in a Disney induced fog for the best part of week, is now well and truly over. This year is likely to prove just as challenging as 2016 with BREXIT and President Elect Trump making themselves felt; although in the case of the President Elect this is mostly on Twitter. However, in the words of Barack Obama on that historic US election night, ‘no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning.’ With that steadying note we must act less like rabbits caught in the headlights and more like...
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