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Ep 109 - Why & How Every Amazon FBA Seller Should Come to China in 2019

In this Episode, we listen to the conversation that Rico had with Mark Ramos A Amazon FBA veteran and Internet marketer. Here he chats with Rico about the importance of coming to China as an ecommerce seller in 2019 and the benefits of coming out and meeting suppliers, understanding the culture and tapping into the Chinese network.

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Ep 108 - From Sweden to Learning by Doing it in China w Fredrik Gronkvist @ China Importal

In this episode, Rico talks to Fredrik Gronkvist of China Importal to talk about his journey from Sweden to China. Fredrik shares a lot of his experience and insights on how he made it in China and the the future of where he believes things we go. Let’s have a listen to another inspiring Entrepreneur.


topics incl:

-How he got started doing what he does
-How he came from Sweden to China
-Registering a company in China
-Learning by doing it in China
-Establishing systems in China Importal
-Staying relevant in the sourcing game
-How the trade war is affecting manufacturing
-Sourcing short falls of other countries VS China

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SFA's Webinar : 4 Steps To Find A High Quality Manufacturer

Rico will be hosting a free live webinar on August 15th at 8PM EST and August 16th 8AM EST on the “4 Steps to Find a High-Quality Manufacturer

Click here to sign up here before spots run out  

Learn what my company Source Find Asia, calls the SAFE method where we teach you to Search, Assess, Finalize and Elevate your manufacturing process.

  • The best source for finding RELIABLE factories in China. Knowing where to start is half the battle. We’ll put you square on the starting line and equip you with the tools to find a supplier you can count on.

  • Knowing which factory is the best fit for you and your business. Not all factories were created equal. Not all businesses were created equal. We show you how to find find the supplier that best fits YOUR needs.

  • The ins and outs of a factory visit. Stop stressing about what to look for to qualify your supplier. We will show you exactly what to look for on your factory visit and how to know if your factory is up to the challenge of taking on your product.

  • Our proven process for making a final decision. Commitment is difficult. We know. Don’t fret, let us show you everything you need to know to make the best-educated decision.

    Successful on-going management of your new supplier partnership. Now that you’ve tied the knot with your factory how do you keep everything in the honeymoon phase? Learn what we call the SAFE method where we  Search Assess Finalize and Elevate. 

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Ep 107 - From Canadian Oil Fields to E-Commerce in Hong Kong w/ Lorenzo Payman Part 1

For the week, we get to hear an Interesting Story about the Journey of Lorenzo Payman, A Good Pal of Rico. His adventures from working in corporate canada then to the Oilfields and then as a Football Coach will be shared. Let’s have a listen to another inspiring Entrepreneur.

Topics incl:

  • Getting laid off and Coming to China from Canada and Being one of the first to join Enter China

  • Elevator Life

  • Work as a Xray Inspector andr Difficult Conditions at the oilfield

  • Life after Oilfield back to Corporate Canada

  • Coaching Football in Hangzhou

  • Moving to Shenzhen and starting his Entrepreneurial Life

  • The early years of Enter China Community

  • Cheering on fellow Entrepreneurs "The world needs Entrepreneurs"

  • Organizing Football Camps

  • Getting Royal Treatment at Guangdong

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Ep 106 -Onboarding Our Content Dev Marketing Intern Luc Delannoy

Let’s get to know SFA’s Intern Luc Delannoy, an inspiring entrepreneur and future marketing expert. In this episode, Rico Interviews Luc to get a brief introduction and the reasons why he’s taking the opportunity to have an adventure business experience in China while learning from Rico and Mike.

Topics incl:

Discovering SFA

Family's Reaction of news about going to China

Expectations and the Language barrier

How Rico is as a Boss?

The Goal of being in China

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Ep 105 - Don't Get Sued! Be Wary of Borrowing Money in China

Today´s guest is John Graham Harper, an Australian entrepreneur who started out in the fitness industry in Shenzhen around 18 years ago.

We talk about why China was the perfect spot for adventurers, how to cater to the Chinese as well as the expat community and how to create a sports platform like White Collar Fight Night.

It´s a very interesting interview where John shares some of the mistakes he made and tips on how to avoid them.

Topics incl:

  • Coming to china and Unexpectedly Staying

  • Feeling invincible back in the day

  • White Collar Fight Night

  • Early Mistakes and what it takes to build a Gym Business

  • Gym Businesses functions on Debts

  • Conflict with the Lender

  • China's Justice System 

  • Getting Sued, a common issue.

  • Tips on how to deal with legal issues

  • Crowd funding for a Lawyer

  • Foreigners are at a disadvantage when battling a case

  • China's Still a Land of Opportunity

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Ep 104 - Canton Fair - Things You MUST Do Outside of The Fair

Here is another repost from our SFA Youtube Channel Rico Advices on tips with. what other productive things you can do outside Canton Fair?

Topics incl:

  • Duration of your stay

  • Picking a spot where you can do things outside the Fair

  • Communicating with suppliers a month beforehand

  • Research on Meet-ups

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Ep 103 - Building Sustainable Fashion Wear in China w Felipe Arias CEO @ I Too

In this Episode, we listen to the conversation that Rico had with Felipe Arias, CEO of Itoo, who was a guest on episode 92. Here, he gives a more in depth view of the Fast Fashion and building sustainability within the Industry.

Topics incl:

  • How Fashion Industry Affects the Environment

  • Sustainability in China

  • Corruption in the Industry

  • Advance Technology for Sustainability 

  • Polyester Recycables  

  • Sustainablity in Fashion is Expensive

  • Implementing Safety in the Factories

  • Organic Farming

  • Trust and Transparency

  • Lack of Workers in the Factory

  • Sourcing from India and Vietnam 

  • Fast Fashion

  • Made in China vs Made in Italy

  • H&M and Zara

  • Marketing, YG Media

  • Selling in Canton Fair

  • Digital Marketing in China

  • Trips with the Europe Crew

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Ep 102 - Product Development with Don Wilder - The Sourcing Table

This week's podcast we have a repost from the sourcing table. Mike sits down with his Buddy Don Wilder, a product developer, to share about his experiences developing a product in China and creating a successful crowd funding campaign.


Topics Incl:

  • Starting with product developing and crowdfunding

  • Is it Necessary to be in China when developing products?

  • Obstacles doing business in China

  • How crowd funding has changed 

  • Being specific with your customer profile/ targeting your niche market

  • Developing a new table top game

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Ep 101 - How to Conduct Yourself in a Chinese Factory Meeting

In this episode, which was originally released on Youtube. Rico gives us tips on how to conduct yourself in a meeting with the Factory Bosses or Sales person  while hanging out in Nantong.


Topics Incl:

  • What to expect from the First Meeting

  • Price Negotiating Tactics

  • The Unassuming Boss

  • Be respectful of the Factory

  • Researching the price range before the meeting

  • Do not make empty promises

  • Don’t be too aggressive

  • Be specific with details

  • Take advantage of the dinner with the Bosses.

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Ep 100 - Extravaganza! What's Your 80/20 Rule?

LET'S CELEBRATE THE 100th MADE IN CHINA Episode with a special podcast where we Compiled Every Guest's Answer to their 80/20 PARETO PRINCIPLE Question. Let's walk through this memory lane with Rico and Mike as they give their reviews and observations on the common takes from different personalities.


Topics Incl:

People, Family and Relationship

The Power of the Internet to Reach out and Market your Brand

"Mastering Successful Habits"

Law of Energy/ Positive Karma/ Mind over Matter

Networking and Being Present

Evolving, Adapting and Committing 

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Ep 99 - China Sourcing War Stories w/ Aakash Chugani

On this VideoCast, We have a fellow Sourcing Guy, Aakash Chugani to share his Outrageous War Stories running a sourcing business in China.  


Topics Incl:

Supplier's Factory got Closed down

Selling Big Ideas to suppliers while Client's Business Closed

Double Checking Factories and Clients

Meeting Felipe

Biggest Success

Giving Enough Trust to your Chinese Staff

Online Presence of Sourcing Companies

Being Involved with every aspect of the Business

Organizing A Busy Schedule

Fashion Industry

Online Businesses in China

Sourcing in China Vs Other SEA Countries 

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Ep 98 - #ThisisChina 5 "Factory Bosses"

After Last week's #ThisIsChina Episode where we heard stories about Employees, this week we cross the other side of the Fence and listen to Mike's and Rico's Bizarre Experience with different Types of Factory Bosses that they had dealt with from the Beginnings of their Sourcing Experiences.


Topics Incl:

Factory Boss 1 - The Band Man - Party Hard Boss!

Factory Boss 2 - The Egostistic MuthaF*%$#@ who won't admit his mistakes

Factory Boss 3 - Swapping Materials for Cheaper Material

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Ep 97 - #ThisisChina 4 "Memorable Employees"

Here we go again. The 4th Installment of #ThisIsChina Episode is back! Mike and Rico discusses and share their memorable experiences with different notorious "Chinese Employees". Some Funny, Ridiculous and even Scary. Let's Join in and Listen. Cheers!


Topics Incl:

Employee no.1 - The Scheming Employee

Employee no.2 - The Favourite Employee "the feminine"

Employee no.3 -The C.B.A Employee "The Lazy Gamer"

Employee no.4 - Roy A - "I Don't Give a Sh*t" Guy

Employee no.5 - Roy B - WTF!!! Drinking Beer While at Work!?!

Employee no.6 - Mr B -The Smoothest Talker

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Ep 96 -Disrupting the Hong Kong Banking Industry w/ Iris @ Neat HK

In this week’s Video Cast, We sit down with Iris to talk about Neat HK, an Online Bank Service aimed to offer small businesses and startups the right technology to make life easier. Iris, who is now Head of Marketing Department was the First Employee of Neat, She shares us stories about the progression of the Company from it’s beginnings and later on Explains the Different platforms that Neat has to Offer.

Topics incl:

  • Coming from a Finance Background

  • The Appeal of joining Neat

  • The HK Banking System still behind compared to Europe

  • Neat's Demographic

  • The early challenges opening an Online Banking System in HK

  • Partnering with other Banks

  • Digitizing to minimize cost

  • Neat's Application Process

  • Company's challenges in the beginning

  • Neat Personal Account and Business Account

  • Multi Currency Account

  • Expansion Plan in China

  • China's Withdrawal Limit

  • Neat's Technical Support Team

  • Customers visiting the Office to check if they are Real

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Ep 95 - Original Design Management 2 Year Retrospective w ProdigyGame Part 3

In this last part of our 3 hour long special podcast, Bryan and Rico Broke Down the workflow even further up to the 3rd production run. An episode that can help bring knowledge of what to expect when Sourcing for an Original Design. It was a Unique Experience especially having to produce 5 existing toys and simultaneously  designing another 4 more. We will also get to know what advantages there are when Coming to China vs Working Remotely.

Topics incl:

  • Implementing QC

  • Being Detailed but not too specific on Instructions

  • Having a toy facing the wrong way

  • F.R.I -Final Random Inspection

  • Translating Western English "Idioms" to Chinese English

  • Designing a new toy after BIG HEX

  • The Difference of manufacturing a new toy vs Big Hex

  • When Factory Increase Per unit  Cost

  • How The relationship Progessed Between ProdigyGame and SFA as they were growing respectively.

  • Coming to China for the First Time after Working remotely for 2 years

  • The progress of Prodigygame during the 2 year process of Manufacturing

  • Revenue from Toys Vs Revenue from Softwares

  • Observation on SFA during the 2 1/2 years as it Grew.

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Ep 94 - Original Design Management 2 Year Retrospective w ProdigyGame Part 2

Continuing on the Podcast, We have the 2nd of 3 episodes with Bryan Paratian  who was Lead Hardware Developer of ProdigyGame, An Educational Technology Company, which so happened to be the company that baptized Rico as his first Clients. Here they revisit their initial experiences that came with challenges they had to endure in order to have an Original Design Successfully Manufactured. On this sequel, they broke down the work flow  of the process that took 6 months to a year for “BIG HEX’s” completion. 

Topics incl:

  • The issue with the team they were working with before finding the right personnel.

  • The problems with the first molding

  • Reaction to Kids Reviewing Big Hex on Youtube

  • Having the manufacturer guide you on the Financial and Quality Side

  • THE RELIEF of releasing BIG HEX after a year then manufacturing 4 more toys later.

  • Customer Lifetime Value 

  • The Workflow of the Process, From it’s beginning to it’s end

  • Don't ignore the packaging!

  • Having the contract written in Chinese and English

  • Preproduction Development

  • The Chinese way of business Comparing to North America

  • Negotiation; the most intense process

  • Revising the production

  • Proceeding with the 2nd batch

  • Hiring a QC Team

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Ep 93 - Original Design Management 2 Year Retrospective w ProdigyGame Part 1

This week on the Podcast, We have the 1st of 3 episodes with Bryan Paratian who was Lead Hardware Developer of ProdigyGame, An Educational Technology Company, which so happened to be the company that baptized Rico as his first Clients. Here they revisit their initial experiences that came with challenges they had to endure in order to have an Original Design Successfully Manufactured.

Topics incl:

  • Changing Roles at ProdigyGame

  • Using Stress Sensors to Evaluate Gaming Experience

  • Hiring Freelance 3d artist on Behance

  • Sourcing from Alibaba

  • Finding the right suppliers

  • Data Science to help with analysis

  • Deciding to get help from Rico

  • Screening  a company online is not enough

  • What SFA brought to the table

  • MOLDING Failed

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Ep 92 - Exporting in China since 19 with Felipe Arias @ Park Hyatt

In This Video Cast Episode, Rico sits down with Felipe Arias, who mainly deals with Fashion and started his entrepreneurship in China since he was 19. Here he goes in depth about Fast Fashion, sourcing from different Regions and the tricks of the trade in the Fashion world.

Topics incl:

  • Felipe's Beginning as an Young Entrepreneur

  • The learning process provided by China

  • The Mom's Influence on his Entrepreneur Blood

  • Fashion is not Something that you go to school and learn about. "Identifying the End Consumer"

  • Knowing the Regional Taste for Women

  • Early Mistakes and the Recovery after

  • Patience is a trait you need to run a business.

  • Building a team in China: Providing a good working environment

  • Being prepared for whats coming

  • Be Updated with the Technology of production

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Ep 91 - Marketing in China & FBA with Mark Ramos

Welcoming in our Podcast is Mark Ramos,  A Veteran FBA Amazon and Internet marketer. Here he chats with Rico, who he will be collaborating with in Future Projects. Talks about his experience living in Guangzhou before it emerged to what it is now and how he loves being the guy behind the scenes organizing business seminars and networking events.

Topics incl:

  • Coming to China

  • The Emergence of Internet Marketing

  • Guangzhou, China in 2006

  • Introducing the concept of Internet Marketing to Chinese Clients and Factories at the Beginning

  • China's Control of the Internet

  • Maintaining Success

  • Selling in Amazon Then vs Now; Amazon Explosion on 2016

  • "Finding your focus as an entrepreneur"

  • Having a Chinese business partner and The strategy of presenting to clients as a foreigner

  • Consulting; Being in the country and present to the Factories is a benefit when sourcing

  • Networking in the Seminars

  • Build a Brand and an Audience First

  • Online Courses: Are they necessary for your business growth?

  • Black Cat Tactics that Chinese sellers employ

  • Having membership and maintaining monthly continuity

  • Future Plans for his Business in China

  • Bringing back Cross Border Summit in Guanzhou

  • Being Behind the Scenes

  • 10 years in Guangzhou, Observation of Influx of Entrepreneurship

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