Expert advice on sourcing products made in China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2007, 12:00am

Global Sources has prepared a comprehensive conference schedule for the Fashion Accessories, Electronics & Components and Underwear & Swimwear fairs to help visitors get the most out of China Sourcing Fairs.

The highlight of the conferences will be the 21/2-hour seminar entitled: 'Buying from China: What new buyers need to know'. The event will have eight speakers from diverse backgrounds sharing important information on how to build a win-win relationship with mainland suppliers.

The seminar will cover a range of trade topics from finding suppliers to planning for logistics and quality control. Speakers will offer tips on how to pay more efficiently. It will be held at 12.30pm this Friday and Sunday in Room 201C at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

Another programme useful for buyers is 'Streamlining your buying process when sourcing from China' by Thaddaeus Mueller, business development manager of Fiducia Management Consultants. It is on Saturday at 11.30am in Room 204 and Mr Mueller will discuss the pros and cons of setting up operations in Hong Kong and the mainland, offering practical tips and strategies.

A notable speaker for the Electronics & Components fair's seminar, 'Supply chain security in Asia 2007', is Jimmy Pang, the pioneer in supply chain security and the first Chinese to provide consultation for the trade in Asia. As the founder and vice-president of the Supply Chain Security Association, he set up the management systems of international corporations Lucent Technologies (AT&T), Warner Lambert (Shick) and IBM China.

Mr Pang's session will be on Saturday at 2.30pm in Room 204. He will talk about the new competitive edge in the high-profile supply chain market and present commercial and political risks.

For the Fashion Accessories and the Underwear & Swimwear fairs there will be seminars about colours and trends.

Other general conferences are 'Protecting intellectual property rights on B2B and B2C websites', 'Managing product integrity: Reducing the risks of consumer injuries and product recalls', and 'Buyer's agent, Do you really need one?'.

Global Sources is offering a new service of professional advice to companies that attend. They can book a 10-minute session with trade industry experts for a one-on-one consultation on payments to suppliers, logistics or quality control.