SIGN UP TO REQUEST Y.P.O.* DETAILS & LET US HELP YOU SCALE YOUR BUSINESS BY MANAGING YOUR CHINA OPERATIONS
*Details of the YPO program are below.
**Please ONLY sign up if you currently have products being manufactured in China and are ALREADY selling at or around $25k per month and have the desire to scale. Read the program details below for more information**
The Only Way to Scale Your Business. Our Previously Private Service Now Open to Qualified Sellers.
Guided Imports has refined and perfected our product and manufacturing sourcing operations and are excited to roll out our new YPO (Your Purchasing Office) Service. Guided Imports YPO will be the new industry standard service for businesses that manufacture products in China on a recurring basis, but don't currently have a purchasing office IN China.
Through our offices in Shenzhen we are able to offer a full range of services to allow you to place a foot into China without having to dive fully in.
Thanks to the experience of our Multilingual China-based, American-managed expert team members, we are able to help potential YPO clients minimize risk, substantially reduce their costs, ensure quality, save time and accelerate sustained growth. How? By offering this transparent and convenient monthly program where we act as an extension of your business by positioning ourselves as Your Purchasing Office in China.
If you are looking to enter the Chinese market but are worried about the risks involved due to: distance, lack of local knowledge & customs, lack of registered capital that is legally required to open a Chinese office of your own, then Guided Imports can help give you a presence in China through Your Purchasing Office (YPO) service.
If you're a serious seller and want scale, then this is your ideal solution. After speaking/meeting with you, we will analyze your business and give you a custom quote for a monthly fee that will not only provide you with a presence in China but will also result in removing virtually all China-related business from your day-to-day enterprise operations, thus freeing up your schedule so you can focus on growing your business and increasing sales
Aside from the comprehensive list of services we carry out on your behalf in our A-Z plan, we can also offer additional custom services as needed:
- A China presence with a legal office, delivery address, and contact number
- Legal employees working full or part time on behalf of your company
- Office and desk space in a fully equipped meeting facility should you need to visit China & meet with vendors.
- Administration of your employees for all HR and local finance related matters (as needed)
IMPORTANT: A-to-Z or YPO? Which is right for you?
The Guided Imports YPO Program is designed for the business that is manufacturing, sourcing and/or importing products from China on a regular basis and is doing at least $25,000 per month in revenue.
If you’re just starting out, or currently manufacture just a couple of products, please check out our flat-rate A-to-Z Service here. We offer the same transparent pricing, but on an as-needed basis.
If you’re unsure as to which service would be best for you, please schedule a call with Sam Boyd, CEO and Founder of Guided Imports and he will be happy to offer a free consult to help you choose the most cost-effective and appropriate service.
Preview of some of the services YPO will offer:
Complete Shipping, Customs & Logistics Management
You know how confusing, complex, time-consuming and frustrating logistics can be. Whether it's making sure your products are in compliance with any required guidelines or certifications, or arranging customs clearance & shipping of your product from the factory to your destination, we handle every aspect of your logistics. This allows you can focus on more important things and rest easy knowing your that the minute your factory is done making your product, that we will make sure it gets from point A to point B (and any place in between, should it be required).
Our clients tell us it is VERY comforting knowing they have fellow Western colleagues here in China to make sure everything gets done and done correctly. I'm sure you can relate just how disconcerting it can be to trust your very valuable production and all the details relating to it, to someone who does not proficiently speak your language. Not only can the small details be lost in translation or not completely understood, but you're also dealing with a person from a country that has very different customs, traditions, and expectations regarding quality and business in general. So the importance of having a team of Mandarin-speaking US citizens on your side in China can not be overstated!
A successful product line relies on the ability to maintain your supply chain and allow for inventory to be seamlessly replenished at a moment's notice. When dealing with Chinese factories, this can be a daunting task.
Guided Imports manages all reorders on your behalf. We communicate with your factory and notify them of the upcoming reorder. We put together purchase agreements for both parties to sign. We monitor the production, provided weekly updates to ensure you stay on top of your production.
We can also assist you with shipping and quality control as the goods near completion.
You will never again be forced to communicate with your factory at odd hours and struggle through the communication barriers to ensure your message is delivered clearly.
Inventory Status Checks
Guided Imports fuses together the specialties of supplier management with technology and offers a streamlined solution to manage inventory levels and calculate them against supplier production lead times and logistics schedules to determine the most ideal time frame you should place a reorder.
When it is time to place a reorder, you receive an automated message, notifying you of the ideal reorder date. Guided Import then works with you to place your product reorder with your factory so you can maintain a constant flow of inventory.
Production Tracking & Reporting
Let’s face it, delays happen and issues are sometime inevitable. The cultural Chinese mindset is to put off these issues as long as possible in an effort not to be the barer of bad news.
Unfortunately, manufacturing against necessary timelines cannot afford such ammature misatkes. We help prevent this by maintaining an active eye on your production from day one. We communicate with your factory, obtain weekly updates and attempt to identify issues as they happen, meaning you are able to fix them efficiently and smoothly, before it is too late or problems get too large.
We also maintain and update a VERY comprehensive report you can access in the cloud via your computer or mobile device. This ensures you know exactly where your production is at and can see every detail relating to your project.
Bundling & Prep (Kitting) & Product Photography
Popular product bundles don’t always come from the same sources. The problem is, you’re left with two choices, either relying on one factory to know everything about your entire supply chain, allowing them to become an easy competitor if they so choose, or being forced to pay the high costs of domestic packaging and preparation companies to bundle your multiple factory items together.
We offer a better solution by opening the packaging and preparing your bundles/kits to your specifications. We also are very familiar at preparing & prepping products for Amazon FBA.
We also have an in-office photo studio where we take professional photos of your product that are optimized for Amazon FBA listings as well as many other commerce platforms.
Let’s face it, the moment your supply chain relies on a single factory is the moment you put your brand and future orders at risk. Issues happen all too often. Usually the root of the issues can be placed on the factory itself. This is why we maintain an active and updated list of backup suppliers, capable of producing your goods and taking over supply chain seamlessly. Meaning you won’t be faced with a production stoppage or limited supplier the moment your supplier becomes unreliable.
Product Validation & Cost Analysis Report
The perfect manufacturing cost analysis report for all your future product ideas. We give you accurate costs of all aspects of producing various products so you can determine which items are a hit and which are a miss. Details of this included service can be found here.
Product Tweaking & Improvement
As your products get in the hands of more and more users, more appealing versions of the product will present themselves. We work with you and your supplier to rework and improve your existing product when you decide to add, tweak, fix and improve something.
Supplier Relationship Management
There is a lot more that benefits from a cultivated relationship apart from decreased unit costs. Improved payment terms, priority production status and additional internal quality control are all areas that can be gained through a well maintain supplier relationship.
By being your purchasing office on the ground in China we are responsible for maintaining and growing this relationship on your behalf. Whether that means a nicely timed bottle of wine after your sales agent's personal milestone, or a basket of oranges to welcome the new year, we combine communication and morale boosters to ensure your suppliers recognize your importance as a client.
Not only does this allow for a greater ability to ensure successful future productions, but it allows for more private communications with individuals within the factory to obtain inside information and updates that normal customers would not necessarily be able to obtain.
This is our flat-rate all inclusive service that is offered on a per product basis. Learn more about it here.
White Label Purchasing Office
We operate our China office as an extension of your own business by representing ourselves as your employees to vendors and suppliers. All communications, emails, etc are white labeled with your logo and business assets to help portray it as a legitimate international purchasing office in China.
Sample Consolidation & Evaluation
We make sure to get samples from the best suppliers and have them shipped to our China office. We then generate a report detailing and evaluating their quality and consolidate all samples and ship them to you. This saves you significant costs as you're now only paying for ONE sample shipment that includes ALL samples.
Complete Supplier Organization
We make sure your supplier(s) is crystal clear on your product expectations, requirements, and details. We back this up by drawing up purchase agreements, product specification sheets and production guides. We realize that the supplier is the key to a quality final product. We are also keenly aware that many times they conduct business in typical Chinese business fashion. As you well know, the business culture and customs here in China differ greatly from those in the Western world. This is where having a Western team working for you here in China can be invaluable!
Because we have offices here in China, we provide you with a constant presence on the ground. This helps hold the supplier to a much higher level of accountability as it relates to time lines, quality, and overall performance that is impossible to achieve from outside of China.
And Now, a Visual Sneak Peek of What the Process Entails--MUCH more to be added!