We 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
How 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
If asked to choose, most buyers perform only one inspection: the pre-shipment inspection. For a reliable pre-shipment inspection result based on the AQL table, some specific conditions should be respected. Otherwise the buyer is taking a lot of risks. Continue reading
Team building is the key of the success of an organization. Humans are the only ones able to produce goods and provide services around it. Even though machines are doing a great work, there will always be someone behind to look after the job. Otherwise everything collapses. Continue reading
How often do we hear: “this is made in China, it is cheap and quality is bad”? Over the years the bad reputation of the quality of products made in China has become worse. Large scale scandals, nationally and all over the world, reinforced it. However, this reputation is partially right nowadays Continue reading
All 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