Quality Control Tips /

Chinese New Year quality risks

AQF_Chinese New Year quality risksWe are getting closer to the biggest season’s greetings in China: the Chinese New year! It represents the start of the year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. We are leaving the year of the snake to start the year of the horse. For buyers, this season is synonymous of stress: during Chinese New Year quality risks inscreases. Continue reading

Sourcing Tips /

How to avoid quality problems: clear product specifications

AQF_How to avoid quality problems - clear product specificationsHow to avoid quality problems?
We already know the role of the purchase order and the information it should include. However, to be efficient, it has to be well written and clear product specifications are mandatory. They strongly influence the way the supplier (and the inspector) understand the buyer’s needs. Continue reading

QC Basics /

AQL table definition and role

AQF_AQL table definition_Acceptance-Quality-LimitAll buyers should clearly have the AQL table definition in their mind while purchasing in China and all over Asia. Even though it is mentioned in purchase orders and used during product inspections, the AQL table definition and role remain very often unclear. A deeper understanding ensures better quality control of the goods and, consequently, safer sourcing. Continue reading