TMBA477: China From the Inside

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One of Dan and Ian‘s goals heading into 2019 was to feature more stories about China on the podcast this year.

China is the primary location where many of the products that entrepreneurs sell are traditionally manufactured, and it has become a fulcrum for a lot of the stuff that online product-based businesses do.

On today’s show, we are excited to bring you some insights from someone who has been living and working on the ground in China for the better part of a decade.

Brian Miller lives in Shenzhen, China, where he operates a third-party logistics company called

He also runs a mid-six-figure Amazon FBA business, as well as a small China sourcing agency, so he is pretty diversified in the sourcing and fulfillment model that we have discussed so often on this podcast.

What makes Brian’s story unusual is that he actually started his working life within a Chinese state-owned enterprise or SOE, which is something that very few westerners have done.

This isn’t just a conversation about manufacturing in China, though. Brian also shares his experience living in the country, what it’s like to interact with the Chinese people, and much, much more.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • What it was like for Brian to work for a business that was run by the Chinese government. (5:02)
  • A glimpse into Brian’s life in Southern China. (9:25)
  • How Brian was able to beat his competition by finding their factories in China. (23:39)
  • Why Amazon businesses should be worried about Chinese sellers. (34:45)
  • Brian’s insight into the future of Chinese manufacturing and trade. (46:58)

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