John Niggl

John Niggl

John Niggl comes from Bolton, Massachusetts and has worked in various roles in client services, sales and marketing at InTouch since 2013 to October 2019. He has lived in Shanghai, Jilin City, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
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Don't Overlook Social Compliance Audits

by John Niggl on 26 Jan 2015 | 0 Comments
Are social compliance audits really necessary? What are the risks of not considering social compliance? In this article, Steve Mogentale tells us why manufacturers and importers should care about social compliance audits.

Topics: Social Compliance

5 Ways Factory Location Affects Your Order

by John Niggl on 13 Jan 2015 | 0 Comments
When importers are selecting among an endless list of possibilities, factory location can often take a back seat to factors like price, product quality and shipping deadline. But what if we told you that factory location can, and almost always does, greatly impact all of those factors and more?

Topics: Sourcing

What is a Social Compliance Audit?

by John Niggl on 22 Dec 2014 | 2 Comments
What is a social compliance audit and what does it mean for manufacturers? This is a question that's risen to prominence in the past several years and resonated throughout global trading and manufacturing. When it comes to making sure that your suppliers are compliant with local laws and the requirements of retailers you supply, social compliance audits are just about the only tool at your disposal... .

Topics: Social Compliance, social compliance audit

Coating Adhesion Testing for Cast Iron

by John Niggl on 19 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments
Hate to see chips, peeling and other damage to the enamel coating of your cast iron cookware? Coating adhesion testing verifies bonding strength of the coating and is an important on-site for cast iron cookware. This type of special inspection testing looks for any weaknesses in the enamel... ?

Topics: Special Inspection Tests

How Drinking Beer Can Better Your Factory Relationships

by John Niggl on 11 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments
Should I go out drinking with management and staff from my factory? Would I be overstepping a boundary by letting my supplier take me out for a night on the town? These are common questions asked by foreign buyers or importers that visit China to meet with their supplier, and if you've ever visited a factory in China...

Topics: Cultural Notes from the East

Learn the Basics of Cookware Inspection

by John Niggl on 8 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments
How can you be sure if the cookware you're manufacturing meets quality and safety standards? For someone unfamiliar with quality control for cookware products, even the basics of cookware inspection can be an elusive concept...

Topics: Cookware and Kitchenware

Steer Clear of Car Trouble with Airbag Inflator Testing

by John Niggl on 5 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments
You may have read the recent news following the Takata debacle and the ensuing crisis involving defective airbags produced by the Japanese supplier. Where did Takata go wrong? Clearly, inadequate product testing and quality control processes were a major contributor to the crisis - specifically, airbag inflator testing...

Topics: Auto Products

Why Inspect During Production?

by John Niggl on 4 Dec 2014 | 1 Comment
Why would you want to spend time and money inspecting a product before it's finished? You can't possibly know anything about the quality of a product you're manufacturing until you see the finished product. Right?...

Topics: Quality Q&A

Learn Printing Adhesion Testing Like a Pro

by John Niggl on 2 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments
If you manufacture a product, you know how difficult it can be to get the aesthetics of your product to be just the way you or your customers want them. And when it comes to the quality of screen printing and labeling on your product, maybe you think aesthetics are all that's at stake...

Topics: Special Inspection Tests

A Simple Secret to Success with Your Supplier

by John Niggl on 27 Oct 2014 | 0 Comments
Are you importing from overseas and on shaky ground with your supplier? This simple, yet little known, secret to success with your supplier is the subject of this brief article where we take you through what to include in your own terms sheet with your suppliers so that you can prevent future problems...

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

4 Critical Quality Controls For Cosmetics Packaging