4 Telltale Signs of a Bad Supplier

by Steve Mogentale on 28 Jan 2015 | 0 Comments
Have you ever worked with a supplier that just didn’t seem to have your best interests at heart? Maybe there was poor communication between you and the factory. Or, maybe your supplier hit you with one excuse after another to explain poor product quality or a delayed shipment. If you’ve had experience with either situation, you probably wish you’d known how to avoid it. So how do you avoid working with a bad supplier?

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3 Reasons to Involve 3rd-party QC Early

by Steve Mogentale on 20 Jan 2015 | 0 Comments

When should you get your 3rd-party QC partner involved? This is a commonly asked question among importers and manufacturers. The answer largely depends on what you expect your QC partner to provide and what you can afford. If you already have a team that can inspect and develop checklists, then it may be fine to involve your QC partner 1-2 weeks in advance. However, getting a QC team involved earlier can help you improve your supply chain. Here are three reasons to involve your QC partner early:

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Improve Manufacturing with the 5S Method

by Chao Wang on 5 Jan 2015 | 0 Comments
You may have heard some of the "buzz words" circulating around lean manufacturing. In fact, an entire industry of consultants have come out of the woodwork to help with your factory inefficiencies - often for a hefty fee. But what if we were to introduce to you, in simple terms, a trusted method that you can implement on your own?

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3 Barriers to Communication with Suppliers

by Steve Mogentale on 18 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments

Do your suppliers routinely misinterpret your emails and verbal instructions? If so, you are definitely not alone. Just about every factory in China has staff that can communicate with clients in English. Yet innocent typos, outright fraud, and just plain cultural differences crop up all the time, often in subtle ways.

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Process Auditing - The New Face of QC

by Andrew Reich on 16 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments

For many years, importers and retailers have been using third-party inspection companies to verify the quality of their products made in Asia. But inspecting products when they’re finished, or partially finished, can only do so much. That’s why a new trend is emerging in third-party inspection. Quality control is becoming more and more concerned with verifying the manufacturing PROCESS, not just the product.

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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...

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3 Factors Affecting Your Product Quality in China

by John Niggl on 19 Sep 2014 | 0 Comments
In recent years, we have been hearing a number of customers talk about how the quality of products from their suppliers has deteriorated from earlier shipments.We're discussing the 3 factors affecting product quality in China that you NEED to know about to make an informed sourcing decision...

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3 Secrets of a Successful Product Launch

by John Niggl on 5 Sep 2014 | 0 Comments
Studies have shown that companies which pay special attention to these three critical areas are 60% more likely to have a successful product first-run. InTouch reveals some of the common issues that plague companies preparing to release a new product with 3 Secrets of a Successful Product Launch...

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Top 5 MUST Read QC Blogs

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Chinese manufacturing and quality control may seem like it’s a world apart; something that happens so far away from the everyday lives of western importers and consumers that its nearly impossible for them to get a glimpse into these processes.

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How to Avoid Being Held HOSTAGE In Your Own Factory

by AQF Team on 9 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

Recently an American business executive named Chip Starnes was literally held hostage inside his office at his company's medical supplies factory on the outskirts of Beijing. Chip's imprisonment - which spanned nearly a week - started when it was announced that some of the manufacturing processes at the plant would be moved to India and that employees involved in those processes would be laid off.

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4 Critical Quality Controls For Cosmetics Packaging