It is a time of celebration, but for buyers dependent upon sourcing products in China, it is a stressful season. Supply chain disruption on import business during Chinese New Year causes major headaches. Both factories and freight forwarders are closed during this extended holiday season, meaning goods are neither manufactured or shipped. This year’s CNY lasts from January 28 through February 7, 2017, so you can’t rely on full production capabilities to return until the beginning of March. The lag comes from the time it takes factories to get their staffing back to normal.
Are you sourcing products in Hangzhou? If so, this article is for you. From August 24th until September 6th, China is holding the G20 summit in Hangzhou. During this period, a lot of factory production will stop. As a buyer, you are likely to face quality issues and production delays. To reduce risks, you’ll need to adapt your quality control strategy and perform any product inspection in Hangzhou at different stages of production. Continue reading
A Manufacturing Audit is a comprehensive yet cost-effective way to make sure your vendor is reliable and offers quality products whether you’re just beginning to work with a factory or want to assess or re-assess an existing supplier. Based on the ISO 9001 standard, supplier evaluations include many additional benchmarks, giving you robust insights to the way the factory is managed. Before you place any order, learn why a manufacturing audit can save you from making a huge mistake by choosing the wrong factory. Continue reading
A Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) is a quality control procedure carried out at a supplier’s premises by either your QC department or an independent quality control agency contracted to you. It’s a commonplace check within the consumer goods industry in particular and helps importers, traders, wholesalers, and retailers guarantee the quality of goods before they are shipped. It guards against any nasty surprises, and means you know your goods are in working order long before you take delivery — pretty useful if your supplier is halfway around the world. Continue reading
In one of the previous article, we discussed what quality control inspections (or third party) are. In this post, we take a step further and look at how to choose a quality control company. Continue reading
We’ve all come across the term third party inspections in one way or the other. Some are well familiar with it, while others may still have a few questions in mind.
This post offers a closer look at what third party inspections involve and what companies may gain from them. Continue reading
The frenzy of April’s trade shows is far away now and you collected many contacts for a potential supplier deal in Asia. What do you do next? Follow these five easy steps to successfully deal with suppliers in Asia. Continue reading
When sourcing in Asia, we all face certain challenges; every project is unique with its own pitfalls to take care off. Protect yourself against these challenges – delivery delay, scams, money loss or poor quality (potentially, unsellable) products – by avoiding the following 5 common mistakes. Continue reading
When Chinese New Year comes (8th February 2016), China literally turns off. For two to three weeks, factories cease to work normal hours and production levels are often down to zero. This means that the weeks before the holidays, factories are often overloaded which can affect the quality of the goods being manufactured. Critically, it also influences the way in which Quality Control in China should be performed. Continue reading
What’s the best way to start the coming 2016 business year on a good note? For lots of retailers and wholesalers worldwide it is to attend the 2015 MEGA SHOW in Hong Kong. The show will last for 8 days only. it is, indeed, a very short time-frame, but a very worthwhile event to participate in to ensure the next season starts off on the right track. Here are 7 very good reasons to visit the MEGA SHOW 2015 Edition. Continue reading