No Answer to Your Call to China? It's Chinese New Year

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Anna young
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Re: Wa-Hoo
Anna young   1/31/2011 9:47:01 PM
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i believe the Chinese answer the phone with a greeting that sounds more like "Waee." But you may be right although I believe the columnist's message was that you were highly unlikely to get anyone to respond to your call during the Chinese New Year. It may be a good thing, though. I think everyone needs a period of time to reload and recharge. Perhaps manufacturing year round is even not in the best interest of workers, management and customers too. Take time to rest and you may come back renewed and more productive.

prabhakar_deosthali
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Same thing happens again on 1st may in China
prabhakar_deosthali   1/31/2011 12:31:54 AM
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Chinese also celebrate the labour day (which is  1st May ) with the same festivities as their new year. In one of my visits to China,  I had to curtail my visit because of these holidays. At this time again all the factories close down for a week and most the workers return to their homw town to enjoy holidays. On 1st of May all the railways stations and bus stands were full of people returning to their home town and I was just lucky to get a bus ticket from Nanjing to Shanghai to catch my retrun flight to India.I really envy Chinese for celebrating en-mass and truely enjoying their festivals. Here in India we hardly get such long mass holidays to enable everybody in the family and friends to collectively enjoy the holidays.

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Re: Chinese New Year
Ms. Daisy   1/30/2011 9:33:51 PM
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Hwong:

I am surprised that China has this paid period. It is nice to hear. There seems to be a Western influence of commercializing the festival too.

Thanks!

hwong
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Re: Chinese New Year
hwong   1/30/2011 7:12:04 PM
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Ms Daisy- Yes. This is a paid holiday for most Chinese workers. This holiday is very festive in China, Hong Kong. Kids get off from school also. Chinese merchants tend to increase the prices of goods during the period befor Chinese new year. Also there are various customs like buying gifts that has propsperous meanings and giving out red pocket to the kids.

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Jay_Bond   1/30/2011 2:30:41 PM
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This is a very interesting article relating to the Chinese New Year. I'm sure that many managers in some of these factories, particularly those that are western companies, have contingency plans for this time. I'm sure there are workers who would be glad to take time off to see their families at other times as long as they are able to still do so.

Since China has become such a major player in manufacturing and is continuing to grow, many western companies need to think about the Chinese culture and allow for surplus ordering to allow for this yearly celebration.

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Re: mass exodus during chinese new year
TaimoorZ   1/30/2011 11:45:19 AM
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I think it's a great challenge for managers to manage their operations so that the supply would not be impacted during the holidays. Even if the workers who work during the holidays, the companies have to pay them extra wages. This would increase the costs. I think the best solution would be to plan production beforehand and have excess stock so that the demand can be met during holidays.

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Re: mass exodus during chinese new year
maou_villaflores   1/30/2011 6:30:44 AM
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Just my thoughts in some manufacturing plants in China they already considered this long holiday in their calendar. Contingency plan should be lay out to cover the quotas and their deliverables.

Himanshugupta
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mass exodus during chinese new year
Himanshugupta   1/29/2011 12:25:05 PM
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Not only the domestic travel but international travel is affected, according to a report 200 million chinese travel during this 2 week period. No wonder supply chain is affected as this is the most auspicious time for them to be with family and friends.

Ms. Daisy
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Chinese New Year
Ms. Daisy   1/29/2011 12:25:31 AM
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Thanks Phillip for sharing the observance of the Chinese New Year. This is neat, two or three weeks to enjoy festivities and company of family and friends. I wonder if this is paid holidays.

Its also cool to hear about the response of the Chinese companies to consumer need for services and products during his period of festivities. Who would have thought that such adaptations could occur in China.

Dave Sasson
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A Most Welcome Chinese Export
Dave Sasson   1/28/2011 9:07:16 PM
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Hi Philip, thanks for sharing insight on the Chinese New Year Holiday season.  A complete shutdown for 2-3 weeks for North America and Europe to use as vacation time and celebration would be a most welcome Chinese export.



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