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Beware Scam And Fraud When Ordering Marble Granite Stone Directly From China

Granted, in the past few years, China has become an important exporting country for marble, granite and other natural stone products. It is little doubtful that China is capable of supplying high quality and low cost building and carving stones due to its low labor costs, rich natural stone resources and internationally recognized traditional workmanship.

There are many excellent marble granite fabricators and stone carvers in China. However, a large portion of stone products have been imported to the States by various exporters in China, although they claim “factory direct”. Among these exporters, some are large firms, some are one-man business and some even do not exist at all.

With fast growing of international trade, more and more stone dealers, contractors and even homeowners have been ordering or trying to order stone products directly from sources located in China. Most people believe by doing so they would get much better deals comparing to buying from a vendor in the States. That might be right to certain extent. However, this could expose a buyer to great financial risks as the buyer has very few leverages on a transaction conducted between two countries. I have heard of many undesirable experiences and disastrous stories associated with ordering stone products directly from China.

I am not trying to be scary. The situation is indeed true and the incidents are absolutely not isolated. Let’s first review the ordering process that most international trades would follow.

As the first step, you will search for a number of stone suppliers in China through Internet. You don’t know anything about them other than whatever they advertised themselves. Then you obtain a number of comparison quotes for the stone products you are in the market for and decide to deal with one of them. Then you sign a sales agreement with the supplier and wire transfer a deposit (typically 30-50%). After the deposit fund leaves your bank, the only things you can do are waiting for production to be completed in China and, praying for the order to be shipped on time and in conformity with what you specified. Finally, you have pay for the full balance before the shipment is delivered to your site.

The problem is right here – you will virtually lose control of the ordering process after sending the deposit oversea. The supplier that took your deposit may choose to proceed in the following three ways:

1, They will produce and deliver your marble granite order as per the terms in the sales agreement. This would be an ideal result with a happy ending. You get what you need with great savings.

2, They will produce and deliver your order in an inferiors way. This scenario happens quite often. For example, different marble granite and other natural stone materials have significantly different costs. Using the materials with lower costs will generate additional profits for them. When you receive the shipment and find out what you get is not what you wanted, what can you do? Basically nothing. They have your money. They may choose to do anything or nothing. Even if the discrepancy is discovered before the order is shipped, you will still find yourself in a difficult situation. You may ask them to redo the order, but the chance is rather slim. You may cancel the order and demand a refund of the deposit, haha, canceling order is okay; getting money back? good luck. Here is a real story. I know a buyer who paid over $2000 to buy a precious “jade vase”. When the shipment arrived, she discovered the vase was made in regular “onyx”, which has a value of less than $200. What a loss!

3, They will grab your deposit, close bank account and disappear completely. They may change the business name and do the same trick again and again. But you will never be able to track them down. This group of “suppliers” are running scam business and have caused significant financial losses to American consumers.

Therefore, buyers should be extremely cautious when ordering marble granite and stone products directly from the suppliers in China. Here are some important tips.

1. Always do some comprehensive researches on the background of potential suppliers in China. This may be difficult to do, but you must do. You may request trade references from their existing customers in America. You may also contact local chamber of commerce in the city where the supplier is located to validate their business nature and credit history.

2. If you order is large enough, you may want to pay a visit to China before finalizing the order to meet the supplier(s) in person and to see their manufacturing facilities.

3. Make sure to have all specifications included in the sales agreement, the more detailed the better. Also make sure to state “no substitue material allowed” in the agreement.

Let me give you an example. Italian White Carrara is a well-known marble with high value. There is also a type of white marble quarried in China, namely Beijing Off-white marble or Hanbaiyu, that can have very similar color and textures to the Italian White Carrara. Many suppliers in China, especially carving stone vendors, often use Beijing off white marble to replace Italian White Carrara and argue that Beijing Off White Marble is also called “white Carrara” in English. The problem is that the cost of Hanbaiyu is only fraction of Italian White Carrara. How to avoid this type of trick? Easy, make sure to include “Italian” before “white carrara” and indicate “Chinese version of the material” will not be accepted.

Similar situations also exist in granite colors. For example, there are two versions of “Emerald Green” granite. One is quarried in China and the other has an European origin. They are quite different in terms of texture and price.

3. Try to use “letter of credit” (L/C) as the form of payment. It is the fairest transaction methods for both seller and buyer. Both parties are financially protected if they are determined to fulfill respective obligations as set forth in the sales agreement.

4. Stop and think again when you see a quote containing prices that are too low to believe. Most scam businesses tend to use extremely low prices to attract buyers or more accurately, the deposits.

5. When comparing the quotes you received, make sure to compare apple to apple. Suppliers in China like to use some vague pricing or delivery terms in their quotes so they can impose hidden charges, i.e., increase your costs, later.

For example, you will be surely happy with total costs of $3000 for shipping a container from China to Buffalo, New York, including ocean and land freight, duty and port charges. But wait, there is a line in small letters, saying “shipping costs are estimate only”. As the commonly used trade term is FOB, or Free On Board, you as a buyer are responsible for all logistics related expenses anyway; a supplier can quote anything to make their grand total appear competitive. How much truth in that $3000 estimate? Almost none. But I have seen this figure in many quotes sent out from suppliers in China. The average value of a container load of granite and marble is right around $30,000. The duty alone will be almost $1500. Therefore, when comparing the quotes, make sure to compare the costs of goods only, unless what they quoted is “CIF” (costs, insurance and freight, in contrary to FOB) “to-door” delivery.

6. It is strongly recommended to place your order with an accredited marble granite stone importer in the States who is dealing with manufacturers in China directly. You may need to pay little bit more (5-15%) for your order, but this certainly will save you lots of hassles and mostly importantly, your financial risks will significantly reduced.

Emerging Market Investment Advice Tips

The emerging market describes a broad range of markets from second and third world countries. It encompasses economies such as China and Brazil, together with countries in Africa and Asia. Generally, the term emerging markets represents economies which are as yet not fully developed, and subsequently an investment in an emerging market can often be high risk but has the potential to yield great returns as their economies are still developing.

If you are considering investing in emerging markets, these advice tips are worth considering.
Do not put all your eggs in the one basket: No financial portfolio should be tied up with just one investment, and any investment in the emerging market should not comprise a dominant percentage of a portfolio.

Long term view: The emerging market has been likened to investing in America in the 1920s as over forty years an investor would have gained a substantial return on any investment. In that time he would have seen prices drop through the floor. This is similar to emerging market investment today, so be prepared to take a long term view to good returns.

Advice: Obtaining general advice on the emerging market is essential, especially if you are new to financial investment. Financial advisors, banks, and other institutions seem like good places to gain valuable advice on the surface. More often than not however, the investor who seeks guidance from these places often pays for advice they do not need, as many of the best decisions can and should be handled by the investor.

A few financial investment companies have realised this and take a hands off approach and only step in with general advice if needed. These are the companies to turn to when guidance is needed.
Commissions: It goes without saying that any financial investment company is going to charge commissions, and subsequently it makes sense to look for a company that charges low rates. Some offer 0% commission initially, and this is a good place to start.

Risk vs. Return: Any investment into the emerging market is high risk. The returns however, have the potential to be considerable and subsequently an emerging market investment becomes a viable option. It is possible to invest in a country or into a fund which in turn is managed by a fund manager.

The latter becomes a question of faith and trust in that manager to do the right thing with your money, so the decision to choose a financial investment company with a view to fund management should not be taken lightly.

Currently, China and Brazil are often seen as good choices for emerging market investment.

Ultimately it is important to realise that as an investor you need to be in control of the fund, even if it is supervised by a fund manager. Some financial companies give you that control, and it is worth spending sometime to find a financial investment company like this.

Wound Care Management

The wound care management market in emerging economies is forecast to grow from $722.9m in 2009 to $906.6m by 2016 with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3%. The wound care management market of China is the biggest market in terms of market size and accounted for about 49% of the total revenue of the wound care management market in 2009. China and India will continue to witness high growth, mainly because of the high elderly population and the increase in awareness of advanced wound care products. The wound care management market in India is forecast to grow from $148.2m in 2009 to about $179.7m by 2016 with a CAGR of 3%.

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The wound care management market in China was valued at $355.4m in 2009 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 3% to reach $448.7m in 2016. China is the biggest market, contributing 49% towards to the emerging economies wound care management market in 2009. The demand for advanced wound care products in China is mainly driven by high population growth, increased lifestyle disorders and high awareness of advanced wound care products.

Type II Diabetes is one of the most common causes of chronic wounds in emerging economies. In future the diabetes and other lifestyle diseases are going to replace infectious diseases and malnutrition as the main cause of morbidity and mortality in emerging economies. According to the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), an estimated 285 million people or 6.6% in the age group 20-79 will live with diabetes in 2010. In this total diabetic population, 70% of patients live in emerging economies. Globally in the next 20 years, the number of diabetic patients is expected to increase by more than 50%. In this patient population the largest increases will take place in emerging economies. In emerging economies, many people with diabetes are unaware of the importance of routine foot care. The increasing diabetic population, chronic wounds and a long healing process are expected to drive the wound care management market in the emerging economies.

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Chinese Lingerie And Intimate Wear Industry Market Overview

Lingerie industry is in a state of intense competition. Fashionable and price friendly lingerie’s are sold by the manufacturers while global brands are looking for new markets. International specialty brands are at their wings; seeking entry into emerging markets for future growth. Current global market for lingerie’s rose by 2.6% to $29.92 billion USD from 2004 to 2007, while clothing prices dropped down by 4%. China, as an emerging market has seen a growth rate of 8.1% during the same time. Fast fashion retailers are now offering fashionable intimate apparels at lower prices and are undertaking hardcore marketing efforts to sustain their brand image in China. On the other hand, China itself is a major exporter of apparels to the global market at competitive prices.

Chinese Lingerie Market:

Chinese lingerie market is a dynamic sector. Their market structure is composed of many national and international brands, and intimate apparels are brought in by many countries; names unknown to the consumer.
The country’s lingerie market is a fast moving one, and there is a drastic change during the recent past. The lingerie market is estimated to be of a total value of 2 billion euros, and industry experts predict a further positive increase of 20% every year. The country is the third largest for luxury consumption, and is assumed by the market leaders to catch up with the position of Japan in the next 10 years. China is a key player in fabric industry, having good potential for creation and consumption. Major lingerie players in China have reassessed their market positions, and are now closing the knowledge gap to become ‘low cost’ producers.

Integral Apparel in the Wardrobe of Chinese Women:

As Chinese lingerie manufacturers eye the global market, rest of the world eyes China. Shanghai is in the forefront of the lingerie boom. Lingerie is progressively becoming one desirable item in the wardrobe of Chinese women. A survey states that an average Chinese woman spends 8% of their fashion budget on lingerie annually. Though 8% appears to be meager, China is populated with 503 million women and the huge numbers are promising. From lavishness, luxury lingerie’s have now become a wardrobe necessity. A lingerie industry survey states that Chinese population consists of more than 200 million women in the age limit of using lingerie, the annual consumption would go beyond 600 million pieces, reaching a sales figure of 15 million RMB.

Exports-The Lacy Lingerie Race:

Encompassing promising prospects in the global market, lingerie industries in China are actively seeking opportunities to expand its domestic market overseas. On an average, the country exports around 4 billion pieces of lingerie; annually. They export intimate wears mainly to France, US, Japan, and Europe. Export of Chinese bras rose as high as 10.5 million; i.e., 93% after the EU ended a 40 year quota system. China enjoys a good market in US as a lingerie exporter. Its performance is on a high base capturing 25% of exports to US. Despite the restrictions on US exports to China, the communist giant is expected to become the third largest exporter to US. China, enfolded with continuous enhancement in technology, makes it a cost effective destination for other countries to have their production base offshore. China along with India is projected to increase its global market share by $100 million USD each in the next few years.

Leading Intimate Wear Hubs:

The city of Shenzhen is considered as the ‘fashion capital’ of China. It is a pedestal of domestic and foreign intimate wears, designing, R&D, and manufacturing of lingerie’s. The economic benefits acquired and the market size favor Shenzhen and draws continuous attention of the investors. Many popular brands sold in the global market are being exported from the Pearl River Delta, especially Shenzhen. The ‘Sun Hing Group’ who manufacture 70% of its lingerie accessories in Asia, the ‘YKK’, a fortune 500 company, and ‘Regina Miracle’ all have their manufacturing base in Shenzhen. The city has a perfectly formed industry chain starting from design to production, marketing, and sales both at the domestic and export level. A renowned lingerie brand has launched its outlet in Shenzhen especially because of its cluster effect which will enhance brand promotion and boost sales. Two of the popular Chinese lingerie brands come from Shenzhen, and almost 10 internationally reputed lingerie brands have their production base here. Topform, Calvin Klein, Triumph, Regina Miracle, and Victoria’s Secret are a few to name. Embry Form, Xusany, Venies, Ordifen etc are a few domestic brands, having their manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen and enjoy a nation wide reputation.

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Polish amber Jewelry Exhibition Opening Businesses Optimistic Chinese Market

Polish amber Jewelry Exhibition Opening Businesses Optimistic Chinese Market >

International: 19th Polish amber Festival amber and jewelry exhibition on the 21st to the 24th opening of Gdansk in northern Poland coastal city grid. As the most important one of the jewelry show in the world’s largest amber exhibition as well as Central and Eastern Europe, this exhibition attracted a total of more than 450 exhibitors and an independent jewelry designer from Poland, Lithuania, Netherlands and other countries participating, while those from the world’s buyers are expected to reach more than 6,000 people.

Shuttle amber and fashion jewelry back and forth, Chinese businessmen, the presence of visible black hair and black eye come to eyes from time to time. In recent years, with the luxury consumption in China gradually warming up, more and more businesses to look at the Chinese market, Polish amber section on “business” year after year to be more active.

According to data released by the World Luxury Association, in 2011, the Chinese luxury goods market, the total spending has reached $ 10.7 billion, accounting for a quarter of the global share. This year, China is expected to surpass Japan to become the world’s largest consumer of luxury goods. Shrewd European amber businesses are very clear, so pay particular attention to China’s market potential and consumer purchasing power, and vigorously develop customers from China. Kaxi Ya (female), AG Jewelry Company in Poland, said: “We are now about 50% of customers from China, and the number of customers in China is gradually increased. In addition, there are 4-5 business partners working together for many years in China, in a large mall jewelry factory outlets amber products. ”

Maria Amber Jewelry Company is one of the largest manufacturers in Poland, but also one of the first companies to enter the Chinese market amber merchants. Corporate Sales Manager, Thomas said: “50 relatively large wholesale in China, our partners, amber and silver products they buy from us from 2000, the cooperation between us began. Amber practitioners said the Chinese market is very important, because Chinese people like amber, like Poland jewelry, like Poland handicrafts. ”

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Company;yiwu dushang jewelry co,ltd
Website: http://www.china-jewellery-factory.com
Phone:86.579-85597585
Fax:86.579-85320753
Email: yaling001*gmail.com
Adress:3f,No.13-15,Building 4,A zone, Futian jewelry street,yiwu city,zhejiang,china

What You Should Know About Brand Management

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Inside the often cutthroat and extremely competing businesses are what divides your product or service and brand from the competition. The main thing apart from the product or service is – your brand. You want effective image marketing and out of this follows the impact of imaginative brand management. This innovative brand management report will educate and explain to you about this what it really can perform, to suit your needs and for your clients, and exactly how important it is for every enterprise and your financial well being. To put it differently, learning about reliable brand management strategies is an essential component of every business and equally as important as education in any important business segment.

What is it when it comes to creating a successful brand management or brand marketing strategy? The answer is that imaginative brand management is the application of marketing techniques to a unique product or service or branding campaign. To put it simply in basic terms, this is the use of imagination to some product or service image or product or service brand. It is important for any organization since it seeks to enhance the product’s recognized importance towards the buyer and thus improves the strength of the brand’s franchise and equity.

How can this work? Artistic brand managers and inventive online marketers recognize a imaginative brand being an implied assure that the level of high quality people have come to expect from a brand continues with potential transactions of the same merchandise. This may increase income by making an evaluation with fighting items a lot more positive, and to opt for the better brand. Additionally, it can enable the manufacturer to fee more and thus earn reduced for the product, therefore enhancing revenue. Considering that the need for the brand is really determined by the amount of income it produces for your manufacturer, this obviously implies that imaginative brand management is effective and in lots of ways actually perfect for any business.

Particularly, how can it actually raise revenue? This improve of earnings may come about from a mixture of elevated product sales and increased value due to high quality prices of your product or service, as well as the lessened cost of products marketed, and maybe even the lessened or maybe more effective marketing purchases.

Just what does it actually indicate for you and then for your organization? This means that it is possible to enhance your sales. This means that you are able to boost your selling price to superior prices. This means that it is possible to minimize the fees of the items offered. This means that you may make marketing significantly more effective and cost effective. If you have utilised the powers of branding, all these are key improvements that will actually happen.

All of these essential improvements will unquestionably improve the profitability of a product or service brand, and consequently artistic brand managers frequently carry series-management responsibility for the merchandise brand’s success, in contrast to marketing staff manager roles, which are allotted spending budgets from over, to manage and perform. In this connection, brand management is frequently looked at in lots of throughout the world agencies, not merely in Singapore and China, being a wider and a lot more tactical part than common and normal location product or service marketing by itself, and in many ways brand management is more essential than item marketing.

If you wish to improve your sales and business, then creative brand management is definitely the most important differentiating factor separating your business from the competition.

Creative brand management is definitely the most important differentiating factor separating your business from the competition if you wish to improve your sales and business.

Brand Management Associates has earned the respect and praise of dozens of businesses over the years. If you wish to improve your business reputation and boost sales, then creative brand management is definitely the most important differentiating factor separating your business from the competition.

Creative brand management and brand defense is definitely the most important differentiating factor separating your business from the competition if you wish to improve your sales and business.