Thailand Manufacturing: An Alternative to Sourcing from China

by Maegan Burkhart on 18 Sep 2019 | 0 Comments
Thailand is one country perfectly suited to serve as an alternative manufacturing base to China. Here are four factors you should consider for your Thailand manufacturing supply chain.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Sourcing

Asia Sourcing Guide: 11 Top Alternatives to China (eBook)

by Maegan Burkhart on 12 Sep 2019 | 0 Comments
An unsuitable manufacturing location can disrupt your supply chain and customer relationships. Check out this eBook and learn how to choose the right sourcing location in Asia.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Sourcing, asia sourcing

6 Areas Every Buyer Should Check During a Factory Visit

by Maegan Burkhart on 2 Jul 2019 | 1 Comment
Visiting a factory can be a valuable opportunity to informally evaluate the factory. Here are six areas that you should check when visiting your factory.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Working with Factories

6 Steps to Supplier Quality Development

by Graham Young on 12 Feb 2019 | 2 Comments
Suppliers are, without a doubt, an integral factor in the success of any organization. We'll walk you through six steps to supplier quality development.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Auditing Factories, Working with Factories

Chinese New Year: Essential Knowledge and Advice for Importers

by Maegan Burkhart on 25 Jan 2019 | 0 Comments
Importers should expect Chinese New Year to disrupt their supply chain for at least a month, as workers leave early and factories require time after the holiday to ramp up production again.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Working with Factories

How Quality Audits Help Purchasers with Supplier Risk Management

by Matthew Milasius on 23 Jan 2019 | 0 Comments
Evaluating suppliers remotely is difficult, if not impossible. But failing to assess supplier capabilities can put your company at risk. Here's why quality audits are an essential tool for your risk management strategy.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Sourcing, Auditing Factories

10 Factory Quality Audit Checklist Essentials for Importers

by AQF Team on 2 Jan 2019 | 11 Comments
A little risk is inevitable when manufacturing abroad. But don't let that risk define your supplier relationships. A quality audit checklist with these 10 points can help you make objective decisions about business partnerships.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Auditing Factories, Working with Factories

Video Series: How Experienced Importers Limit Product Defects in 3 Stages

by Maegan Burkhart on 26 Dec 2018 | 0 Comments
Defective products that reach customers can sink your importing business, fast. That’s why experienced importers seek to limit product defects before disaster strikes. But how can you take the first steps towards fewer product defects and improved product quality?

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, QC Processes and Terminology, Quality Control Checklist

How to Write a Purchase Order to Protect Your Overseas Shipment

by John Niggl on 13 Nov 2018 | 2 Comments
Issuing an effective purchase order is critical for protecting your international shipment, but what is it? And why is having certain information on your PO so vital to successful manufacturing?

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, purchase order

Looking for Suppliers? 10 Qualities of the Best Suppliers

by Oliver Knack on 9 Oct 2018 | 3 Comments
These 10 traits will help you sort good suppliers from bad suppliers and help you determine if using a particular supplier is best for your supply chain, customers and business.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Sourcing, Working with Factories

4 Critical Quality Controls For Cosmetics Packaging