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About general business, but not about sourcing!
on July 30, 2010
To be fair, there are some good points spread along the chapters.
But I would not recommend it for the following reasons:
-1- It is not a "practical handbook" about sourcing. The book lists the main incoterms without specifying which ones are the most common, open account is presented as comparable to L/C and T/T, etc. Has the author ever sourced anything from China? I doubt it!
-2- Poor examples. Some very large suppliers (Foxconn, Flextronics, Li&Fung...) are presented, but isn't this book aimed at smaller buyers who will have to live with another reality?
-3- Lots of typos ("Han Hai" instead of "Hon Hai", Guangzhou instead of Guangdong....) , and some repetition from one "rule" to another.
-4- Some pieces of advice are given by self-serving consulting companies. Most pieces of advice are solid, but many are worthless (or even dangerous -- e.g. hiring an auditor to stay full-time in a factory, instead of using rotating inspectors).
It is a pity, because the author seems to understand Chinese culture. But not manufacturing...