What Should I Think About When Sourcing and Selecting a Chinese Manufacturer?

The answer to this question is very contextual and discussing it in depth would require more time than your eyeballs should focus on a computer screen. Suffice it to say that viewing the sourcing and manufacturing process from a total cost of ownership perspective is critical to selecting a good supplier. Cost, quality, reliability, speed, communication ability, and value-added services such as design, engineering, and R&D support must all be considered. Quantifying most or all of these aspects for a given supplier, or set of potential suppliers, will provide an analytical basis of selecting a good manufacturer with the opportunity to achieve the lowest, overall cost. In addition, there’s no such thing as luggage-free sourcing. Visiting a supplier’s facilities, or having a trusted presence there, is a key step in vetting the factory’s capabilities and developing your relationship.


“GSS' performance throughout the entire process confirmed that we made the right selection and in every case you met or surpassed our expectations for what we asked you to do.”
by Ken Bertaccini Former President, AT&T Consumer Products