As an Amazon FBA seller, you get to take advantage of a number of perks to help grow your business in a way you otherwise might not be able to. Most importantly, the Amazon FBA business is a great opportunity to avoid managing your inventory and shipping it yourself. You also save money and space by using Amazon’s warehouses. Many complications are removed when selling on Amazon FBA, not to mention gaining access to a ready-to-sell platform that reaches millions of potential customers.
While the benefits are enormous, using fulfillment by Amazon does come with a number of strict guidelines that you must adhere to. If you don’t, your account could be subject to penalties. In a worst case scenario, if your goods aren’t packaged correctly, they could be shipped back to be reworked — at your own expense. Continue reading
As an importer, it can be difficult to manage a supplier relationship in China from thousands of miles away, but that doesn’t mean quality control has to take a backseat. It’s easy to control quality remotely. Here are six ways to utilize quality control in China so you can avoid defects, delays, partial shipments, and other headaches. Continue reading
When your business entails importing products manufactured in China, it’s vital to incorporate a quality control process in the factory you work with. Even the best managed factory might not always produce a perfect batch, so a robust quality control plan should be used to ensure your specifications and quality expectations are met within each and every order. Read on to learn what is quality control and how to protect your business when buying from China. Continue reading
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