Why Many Kinds of Products to Buy from China

Chinese manufacturing has come a long way. Even though it is commonly mistaken for being just the world’s assembly line, it has been constantly innovating, fine tuning supply chains, accumulating human capital, increasing labor productivity to stay competitive despite rising wages. The Chinese government’s push in developing transport infrastructure has given it the benefit of reduced transaction costs. For example, China has 4 of the six biggest ports in the world. Despite low wages, most other countries where manufacturing is expected to go when it leaves China needs decades to build this kind of infrastructure.

High Labor Productivity:A simple hundred year old stylized fact in Economics, economies of scale. Labor productivity is still rising in double digits in China while other east Asian countries are still lingering around the productivity levels Chinese had in the 90’s.

Advanced Supply Chains:Chinese factoring are not assembly lines anymore. Most of the components of products China sells are manufactured in China itself. The supply chains that were in Korea and Japan when China’s manufacturing was in its nascent stage are now hoisted by China boosting the competitiveness of its factories.

Increased Automation: Chinese firms have started investing steadily in automating their manufacturing processes. Investing in automation is easy for Chinese factories with the smooth supply of credit by Chinese banks. Increasing automation by promoting import of machinery by way of reduced custom duties is one of the main priorities of the Chinese government in this five year plan. 

The above major factors has made answer why manufacturing is seen as rising in China recent years.

Build Relationships to Earn Backlinks

To earn backlinks, you need to build relationships. Your blog can’t be an island in the middle of the ocean. You need build connections and relationships.

These relationships will lead to backlinks. You won’t even have to ask for a link most of the time.

Just the act of establishing relationships with top bloggers will often lead to links.

That is, as long as your content is valuable and unique.

When trying to build relationships, you need to always focus on what YOU can do for the person.

Do you remember what I said about being user-centric?

The same principle applies when trying to build relationships. You should be thinking about how you can help the prospect. Not how you can get more out of them.

Give, give, and give more. Then, you will receive.

Think about it:

Why would anyone want to link to your blog after getting a cold email request? I know I wouldn’t.

To get your blog and name “out there” you need to use repetition.

That means your name needs to visible on many fronts.

Start with a well-thought-out comment on their blog. Then follow that up with a Tweet or response to a Tweet of theirs. Then send them a non-committal email.

Repeat this cycle over and over until it’s obvious that they know your name.

Once you have gone through this effort, THEN ask them how you can help them in one way or another.

How can you give them value? Why should they link to your content?

Does your content deserve links from a top blog? Is it THAT good?

You will always have a biased answer.

That’s why you should seek outside opinions. ASK top bloggers what they think about your content.

(Asking bloggers “what they think” about your content is a great way to get exposure).

How to Reduce the Outrageous Shipping Costs of Big Item

Shipping is part of running most business where selling of physical products are involved. In order to lower these outside costs, you have a few options to try and lower them (if you can).

Negotiate with your supplier on the product and/or shipping. If you can show them the cost of shipping is becoming prohibitive for you to do business with them, they may lower the product price OR they may have better relationships with carriers which they can leverage to get you better shipping rates.
If coming from China, ask your supplier to ship the product to you. Many of these large companies in China (and other parts), ship huge amounts and thus get extremely competitive shipping rates. Instead of setting up your own shipping, let them do it.
Use a shipping broker, either one from China or your country. They ship large volumes and get extremely competitive shipping rates. Most business owners think they can negotiate better rates, but if you don’t have big volumes, especially when starting, you will never enjoy low rates.
Use a freight forwarder, who consolidate multiple shipments into one and ship in bulk which lowers the rate for every businesses product on that shipment. Again, they like the brokers, have terrific relationships with carriers and enjoy much lower rates.
Buy more and ship in volume, which will lower the shipping cost per item shipped. If you buy 30 chairs as opposed to 10, the cost to ship per items is naturally lower when you ship a higher number.
Gang up with other businesses who ship from the same source or supplier and ship together and split the costs.
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