What a good China agent do?
They are a necessary buffer zone, the thing that keeps the industry separate from the art. It is entirely possible, of course, that agents themselves can be exploitative – and the right terms are not necessarily the same as the best possible terms.
What is the standard agent process?
I’d say that the standard procurement process should look something like this:
1.) Confirmation of product specifications and certification requirements
2.) Supplier sourcing
3.) Initial price research, sample order and selection of qualified suppliers
4.) Initial price negotiation
5.) Audit of qualified suppliers
6.) Final supplier selection
7.) Sales Agreement
8.) Production and Quality Control
The questions a agent should be answered:
Apart from having a pre-determined purchasing and procurement process in place, your agent shall be able to give straight answers the following questions:
1.) On what factors do they deem a supplier to be qualified / not qualified?
2.) Will you pay the purchasing agent for the products or pay directly to the supplier?
3.) What’s their strategy on preventing and countering frauds? (I.e. Payment frauds)
4.) Will they manage the whole purchasing process ”in house” or outsource parts of it? (If yes, which parts?)
5.) How is the agent prepared to deal with potential quality issues during and after production?
6.) How long have they been established?
7.) Will they send the inquiry to an already ”tested” supplier or source a new supplier?
8.) Do they have any buyer references from your country? (Never work with a purchasingagent who refuse to provide you with buyer references)
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