How to Avoid Counterfeit Parts When Sourcing Electronic Components

by AQF Team on 18 Apr 2023 | 0 Comments

Counterfeiting is a growing problem for electronics brands. Some studies have shown that the industry of counterfeit goods is worth up to $3 trillion, with electronics components making up a large share of that market.

Topics: Consumer Electronics

Raising the Product Quality Bar for Outdoor Products

by AQF Team on 11 Apr 2023 | 0 Comments

The market for high-quality outdoor gear is strong. The industry has grown steadily since 2018 and is expected to grow another 2.1% in 2023 alone. But with opportunity comes competition; brands that want to win need to understand their customers better than anybody else.

Topics: Product Inspection

How Outdoor Brands Are Navigating Product Quality and Overcoming Challenges

by AQF Team on 4 Apr 2023 | 0 Comments

Getting outdoors is about leaving your comfort zone and pushing yourself. And for brands and retailers, this analogy describes the current business environment.

How to Increase Productivity with Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

by Virginia J. Becker on 7 Mar 2023 | 0 Comments

Pet Products Quality Control: Why Brands Need It

by AQF Team on 17 Feb 2023 | 0 Comments

Surveys show that over half the global population - and over 70% of U.S. households - have a pet at home. In 2021 alone, American consumers spent over $124 billion on pet products.

Topics: toy testing

Manufacturing Safety Guidelines: Why Are They So Important?

by AQF Team on 31 Jan 2023 | 0 Comments

Brand reputation is crucial in the retail industry. But one simple mistake, one simple workplace accident can cause damage that may take years to repair. 

Topics: Auditing Factories, supplier audit

How Your Product Packaging Is Affecting Your Sales

by AQF Team on 24 Jan 2023 | 0 Comments

Excellent products satisfy customers and bring in sales, but thoughtful product packaging can help you stand out from the crowd. 

Topics: packaging inspection, packaging quality control

Top Sourcing Challenges Brands Will Face in 2023

by AQF Team on 27 Dec 2022 | 0 Comments

As we prepare to enter a new year, it’s important to look ahead and anticipate what challenges lay ahead so we can plan accordingly. In this article, we will explore some of the top sourcing challenges brands will face in 2023.

Topics: Supply chain

Supply Chain Trends To Anticipate in 2023

by AQF Team on 21 Dec 2022 | 0 Comments

Disruptions in the supply chain are expected to continue into 2023. Whether it be inflationary pressure, heightened regulations, weather events, or unforeseen events, brands and retailers will need to find ways to adapt to a changing environment moving forward.

Topics: Supply chain

Relocation Guide: How to Verify Your New Suppliers

by AQF Team on 5 Dec 2022 | 0 Comments

There are alot of moving parts to keep track of when relocating your business. On top of the day-to-day logistical challenges, you also have to rethink your supply chain and possibly find a new supplier and factory to work with.

Topics: Sourcing, supplier audit

4 Critical Quality Controls For Cosmetics Packaging