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Hear the ins and outs of sourcing, procurement, product development, and brand building as two international entrepreneurs based in South China share a free-flowing conversation and bring experts on the show. Hosted by Michael and Rico, both of whom have lived and worked throughout the world before ending up in the world’s largest manufacturing hub, which is Guangdong province. Besides sharing their expertise in sourcing they focus on online & social media marketing, crowdfunding campaigns, ...
 
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Description: Part 2 of Rico on Leaders with a Heart Podcast. In this episode, Rico talks more about his Asian adventures and why he loves living in Southeast Asia! If you’re embarking on a same journey towards East, don’t miss this podcast! Highlights: Pulling off huge orders. How did Rico do it? Cause Rico is passionate about Why Rico wants to kee…
 
Description: Get to know Rico in this interview with Payman Lorenzo — not only the entrepreneur from Canada but some personal stuff as well. If you need some dose of inspiration to fire you up, then this is for you! Highlights: Leaving Canada for an adventure in Asia The thing that shocked Rico about China The entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese …
 
Description: Professional-looking product photos add value to your e-commerce business. But professional can also mean expensive! Not in China. In this episode, Rico shares how to save money on professional product photos in China. Highlights: Advantage of living in Southeast Asia for entrepreneurs How professional photoshoots are done in China Hir…
 
Description: Second part of Rico with Michael Michelini of Global From Asia. They touch on scams and doing events online. Highlights: When the shipment is not what you expected Doing a virtual networking event Looking into the future - VR events Mike’s exciting new ventures - VPN, Cryptocurrency Post COVID plans…
 
Description: In this episode, Rico chats with his friend Michael Michelini of Global From Asia about life in China, business, and COVID. Highlights: How China has changed in a decade E-commerce in China How China treats foreigners US-China relationship Surprising change in the immigration Mike’s business amidst COVID WeChat story that almost robbed…
 
Description: You’re starting your business. You’re choosing which factory to partner with. Before getting on that stage, Rico shares his expertise on this subject. Highlights: Is working with a larger factory better? Questions to ask a factory Understanding the production timeline Specialization and experience of the factory Factories to avoid — th…
 
Description: Maybe you’re considering hiring a sourcing agent for your business. Then, this episode is for you! Rico talks about when you should get the service of an agent. Highlights: Is it the right time to hire an agent? When you shouldn’t hire a sourcing agent Things to keep in mind when working with an agent The best way to find sourcing agen…
 
Description: Email remains to be essential in business. But in China, it's no longer the main form of communication. In today's podcast, Rico talks about WeChat, China's "super app" and its importance in doing business there. Episode Highlights: - Get to know WeChat and the functions that make it the "Super App". - WeChat business accounts - Main b…
 
Description: This is Part 2 of the Global Sources’ MATCH Event episode where Rico and Mike talk more about sourcing in China. Also, in this podcast we’ll get information on sourcing in emerging markets in Asia. Discussion on: Negotiating strategy for suppliers in India, Vietnam Logistics advice for sourcing in Vietnam and India Questions about Comp…
 
Description: Are you an entrepreneur looking for suppliers for your business? Rico answers important questions about supplier vetting. In this episode you’ll learn: Where to look for suppliers aside from Alibaba Alibaba VS other suppliers Common mistakes entrepreneurs make during the first contact with suppliers How to find the right supplier in th…
 
Description: When John Graham Harper started a gym business that took a loan to fund his business. Until he got scammed by the “buyer” or the person that had a deal with him. This is an update episode of that saga. Important Notes: Barriers John dealt during the whole legal battle People taking advantage of the legal system Doing remote work How CO…
 
Rico talks to social entrepreneur Payman Lorenzo about the ethics of social enterprise. He also shares where to begin your social enterprise journey. This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link below.By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: When John Graham Harper started a gym business that took a loan to fund his business. Until he got scammed by the “buyer” or the person that had a deal with him. This is an update episode of that saga. Important Notes: Being stopped at the border because of an alleged court case Loaning his way to fund his gym business and everything w…
 
Description: Rico asks Michael Michelini about creative launch strategy for e-commerce businesses. Notes: Importance of Brand Story Content Creation and Brand Building Advantages of Western Sellers Recommendations on Affiliate Programs This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link b…
 
Vance Lee talks about Kickstarter - how it works, difference with Amazon, and launching a successful campaign. This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link below.By Made in China Podcast
 
Rico interviews Francois Jaffres of Noviland about shipping and logistics. He gives advice to first-time shippers and buyers about choosing freight forwarding companies, necessary paperwork from China to the US, among others. This interview is part of the Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link below.…
 
Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles on certain Product Compliance Policies and what is the impact of Amazon Business in COVID-19. Fredrik is a co-founder of Asiaimportal Limited. This interview is part of Source Find Asia Digital Summit. To know more about the summit, check out the link below.…
 
Rico talks about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Fire and Desire by Drake Controlla by Drake Tell Me by RL Grime Flashing Lights by Kanye West…
 
Rico talks about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Lullabies Remix by Yuna We Rise by San Holo Grammys by Drake feat. Future…
 
Where have you been Rico? 2021 Update What is the SFA Digital Summit Why are we doing a Digital Summit Traveling in the Philippines during the Chinese New Year Transition internally in the Company I think I got COVID (not confirmed, though) Keeping myself healthy in the Pandemic Upcoming Podcast Episodes and more Video Content Getting a call from N…
 
E-commerce leader Meghla Bhardwaj shares her expertise about Sourcing in India. In this sneak peek, she discusses some advantages and disadvantages of sourcing from India. Check this week’s episode for more information.By Made in China Podcast
 
Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles on why being on the ground is not enough, how to deal with material prices mark up, Crowdfunding in COVID-19, and much more. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles on Creating SOPs in an uncertain time and what is the impact of Amazon Business in COVID-19. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles Launching a brand during a protest and a pandemic, partnering with Digital Marketers, and much more. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles the importance of Branding, Budgeting, and how to Create a Brand during COVID-19, and much more. Check it out!By Rico
 
Description: Here is one of the topics that we will cover at the Summit. This videocast tackles the importance of Market Research, Influencer Marketing, Crowdfunding in COVID-19, and much more. Check it out!By Made in China Podcast
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” This episode tackles on how to buy a Plastic Injection Mold Machine Important Notes: Rico’s unexpected bus ride and cancelled plans Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different workstations Who oversee…
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” In this episode, Rico visits a LED assembly house. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different …
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” In this episode, Rico looks at what’s inside a yoga & athleisure factory. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the wo…
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what’s inside a boutique plastic injection mold & CNC machine factory. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: Spot if the factory has flow to the production How clean is the factory Are there instruct…
 
This is the first audio form of a series we’re calling “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what it’s like to be at the Guangzhou Textile Railroad Market. NOTE: This is a videocast. For visual representation, please check our Youtube Channel. Important Notes: What it’s like to be in the Guangzhou Project Bring Physical Samples with you wh…
 
This is the audio form of the series “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what’s inside a boutique plastic injection mold & CNC machine factory. Important Notes: spot if the factory has flowed to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different workstations Who oversees the production Di…
 
This is the first audio form of a series we’re calling “On The Factory Floor.” This episode describes what’s inside a high-end cigar & whiskey box manufacturer. Important Notes: spot if the factory has flowed to the production How clean is the factory Are there instructions given to the workers Do the different workstations Who oversees the product…
 
Obviously, 2017-2018 was a different time. Rico shares a fresh take on Negotiating too much with your factory. If you are talking to a factory right now, listen to this. By the we are launching a free evergreen conference that we’re running year-round. Along with enthralling topics in the physical manufacturing space. Sound off in the comments sect…
 
Description: Citing Coolest Cooler Crowdfunding in Kickstarter, Rico lays down some key-points that can help you prepare a successful Crowdfunding when launching your first ODM product in the market. Important Notes: - Focusing more on Marketing and not Sourcing - Don’t over complicate your first Product - Allocate Enough Time for Mass Production -…
 
Description: From their experience of inspecting many factories over the past, Rico shares subtleties and how to spot them when you are about to be fooled by an “Overnight Factory.” If you want to know more, make sure to listen to this podcast until the end. By the way, we are launching a free evergreen conference that we’re running year-round. Alo…
 
In this episode, Rico describes what it’s like to experience Chinese New Year in China. He shares the contrasts of the week-long holiday compared to the normal days in the country. Make sure to tune in and get some tips on what to do next year! By the way, we are launching a free evergreen conference that we’re running year-round. Along with enthra…
 
Description: Rico looks back to the previous employees he had, how he managed them. He also talks about transitioning from being a lone wolf to a manager. He also shares about how to let go of that control to someone that will manage a team in the company. - Previous employees, current employees, and high retention rates in SFA - The difficulties w…
 
- SFA very first project, Prodigy, manufacturing toys for a client - Feeling about not giving enough value to the project - Taking the steering wheel to the whole project - Vetting the factories that ChinaMike knew, visiting multiple factories - Trusting my gut for a sound decision for the project - Receiving bad samples from factories that a clien…
 
Description: Sits down and looks back on his early days in SFA. He talks about how to get by on bad decisions, selecting clients, and being blamed for failures on the project. - SFA being audited, being forced to look back on past projects - Not being proactive about dealing with products and selecting clients - Pressure on operational expenses, ge…
 
Description: Rico talks about how conscious are they when choosing their Outro Music in the early days of Made in China Podcast. In this bonus episode, they talk about how relevant it is to them and how would you understand them through music. Music in the Podcast: Middle Feat. Bipolar Sunshine by DJ Snake Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun Pa…
 
In this episode, Rico interviews Emma Schermer Tamir, the owner and founder of Marketing by Emma — an Amazon Listing Optimization company. She talks about how it is to transition from a passionate writer to a business person and how hard to give up the control in order for her business to move forward. Check out out the whole story below. Important…
 
Description: With her book releasing, Rico chats with Nicole Webb, author of the “China Blonde.” In this episode, they talk about the story behind the book, moving to a foreign country with no one but her family, and her sheer persistence to get to the life she wanted. Important Notes: - Moving out from New Zealand to Hong Kong, raising a kid in Ho…
 
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