It’s true there are hundreds if not thousands of suppliers in China that you can invite to bid for your business. That does not mean there are still not significant concerns.
There was a point in time that sourcing products from China insured a low cost for your product. Then the price of oil went through the roof and melting down containers returned more than trying ship product in them. Even with oil down somewhat from that time, costs are increasing in China as plant safety and quality and worker safety and quality improves. However, there are still probably bargains to be had, but caution should be your guiding word.
A great example of this is a recent find by Chinese officials of tons of milk products tainted with Melamine. If this sounds familiar, it should. This was an issue in 2008 on which this author posted. The scandal actually killed 6 babies and made hundreds of thousands sick at the time. China actually executed two individuals for producing or selling toxic milk. So here we are in 2010 and the problem has still not been totally corrected and we are talking about products that are only sold in China. It would seem that a country would be more concerned about the quality and safety of products made by the Chinese for the Chinese consumer.
As such, companies need to complete the due diligence necessary to insure that the products you are planning to source include detailed raw materials descriptions, formulas and certifications that are mandated globally to insure product quality, safety and environmental impact standards.
Ask your solutions provider what their vetting procedures are for including suppliers in their database?
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