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This article was a collaborative effort among various members of the Asia Quality Focus team.

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How to Comply with Walmart's New Ethical Sourcing and Zero Tolerance Policy

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Walmart released a statement to all its suppliers, dated Janunary 22nd, outlining a new Ethical Sourcing and Zero Tolerance policy regarding unauthorized sub-contracting that is in effect as of March 1st, 2013. This update to Walmart’s Ethical Sourcing initiative comes in the wake of a horrific fire that tore through a Walmart supplier’s facility in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, reportedly killing as many as 120 people. Tragically, the letter was released just days before another blaze would claim 7 more lives at a factory in the same city.

Topics: Social Compliance

How to Set You and Your QC Team Up For Success

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

ctIf you’re planning on having your next order of made-in-China goods inspected by a 3rd party QC company – and we strongly recommend that you do – you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the inspection. The key to guaranteeing that your inspections are as effective as possible is to make sure that all parties involved – you, your supplier, and your QC team – understand your quality requirements.

Topics: Product Inspection

Top 5 Reasons Factories FAIL Social Compliance Audits

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments

International attention focused on unethical manufacturing practices when in 1996, Kathie Lee Gifford was rocked by a scandal. It was revealed that children as young as 12 years old in Honduras, El Salvador, and China were sewing “Kathie Lee” brand garments destined for Walmart shelves. These laborers worked 14 hours a day in very poor conditions, earning just 22 cents an hour.

Topics: Social Compliance

Top 5 Reasons to Conduct Factory Audits

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Today it is easier than ever to find a Chinese supplier for just about any consumer or industrial product. Websites like Alibaba, MadeInChina, and GlobalSources connect buyers all over the world with factories in China and throughout Asia.

Topics: Social Compliance

Visiting your Suppliers in China - Top 5 Things to Prepare Before your Meeting

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

As experienced buyers have come to know, it's important to stay close with your Chinese suppliers. That means visiting your suppliers in China from time to time.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

Developing a Reasonable Testing Plan

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Chinese manufacturing has recently been in the news again due to dangerous levels of cadmium found in jewelry products imported from China.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

5 Crucial Questions When Hiring QC Personnel in China

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

We interview hundreds of potential quality inspectors each year, only accepting the finest candidates to join our team. So how do we determine who makes the cut? That depends on a recruitment screening process which starts from the very first interaction we have with the potential candidate. But even if a candidate does actually make it to the interview round (not an easy feat based on our super strict pre-screening criteria), you can bet that they are asked a set of interview questions which have been designed to quickly and effectively identify the All-Star candidates. Here are the five most important questions we ask:

Topics: Product Inspection

Tire Inspection - QC China

by AQF Team on 24 Apr 2014 | 0 Comments

Tires are manufactured on a regular basis due to the fact that the average lifespan of automotive tires, whether it is an automobile, truck, bus, motorcycle etc… can range from 22,000 miles to more than 60,000 miles depending on product quality and driving behavior. Regardless of the type of vehicle, almost all tires are made with the same raw materials and components.

Topics: Auto Products

RV Inspection Protocols - China

by AQF Team on 24 Apr 2014 | 0 Comments

Topics: Auto Products

Standards for Manufacturing Auto Parts in China

by AQF Team on 24 Apr 2014 | 0 Comments
If you're importing auto parts from China, you'll probably want to hold the supplier to certain standards. Many importers do this through routine quality control inspections, often conducted by a third-party QC company. But how do you know if your QC company is qualified to inspect auto parts?

Topics: Auto Products