Perhaps more than any other industry, cosmetics brands need to protect their image. And considering that product packaging has such a strong tie to your brand’s image and the perception of quality, it is critical to have an effective quality control system in place.
But quality control for cosmetics packaging goes beyond aesthetics. Up to half of your packaging costs will be allocated to primary and secondary packaging materials. Furthermore, brands need to meet strict labeling requirements to reach the marketplace. Otherwise, you could find your shipment being sent back to the factory for adjustments. This is why having an experienced and reputable inspection partner is absolutely essential.
Why Quality Control for Cosmetics Packaging?
The growth of your business requires the careful monitoring of expenses and human resources, and quality control gives you the insights you need to control these resources. Low-quality products or services can cost you time and money to correct mistakes, severely cutting your profits.
A quality control system ensures that your customers receive the highest quality products possible, creating repeat business and earning your business a reputation for quality. Quality control ensures a consistent product and customer experience.
Establishing a Process For Quality Control
Developing quality control processes enable you to delegate duties, expand your business, improve profits, and increase its marketability if you decide to sell it. Establishing a quality control system consists of six steps.
1. Set Quality Standards
Quality standards are unique for every business. While some industries have standards set by outside groups, such as industry associations or government agencies, others need to establish their quality standards.
2. Decide The Focus of Your Quality Standards
You want every part of your operation to be focused on quality, but determining the factors that have the most significant impact on your customers and profits will help you to see results quickly.
3. Create Operational Processes That Deliver Quality
The quality of your product or service is directly related to the design of your processes. Establishing step-by-step procedures with benchmarks and measuring the results will consistently identify ways to improve your processes, products, and services.
4. Review The Results
Most business software enables you to customize the collected data and view it at a glance. Consistently reviewing your data will help you determine how well you are meeting your standards and identify areas for improvement.
5. Gather Input
Gathering input and feedback from employees, online ratings, and customer surveys can help determine how your quality control processes work and areas for improvement.
6. Make Improvements
Once you have established your quality control standards and are meeting them, you can continue to improve your product by making small changes to enhance the standards and further enhance quality.
Quality Control and AQF
There is always room for improvement, and quality control systems help identify changes that can significantly improve your processes. Establishing a quality control system will help to ensure your customers’ expectations are being met and promote loyalty to your cosmetics brand.
At AQF, we are committed to offering our clients customized quality control systems that ensure compliance with all regulatory standards and focus on the end customer. To learn more about how we can help you establish a quality control system, contact us today.