How to Comply with Legal Requirements for Clothing Labeling

by Vicky Yu on 7 Dec 2016 | 34 Comments
Your clothing isn’t considered finished after the last stitch is sewn. You need proper clothing labels in order to export your order to your customers or you run the risk of it being unsellable.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, Legal Requirements

How to Avoid Working with Factories that Close Unexpectedly

by Stacy Bruce on 23 Sep 2016 | 0 Comments
Factories that close unexpectedly are a nightmare for importers. What can you do to avoid working with those factories, and what can you do if you find yourself in that situation?

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

China’s Move up the Industrial Value Chain

by Vicky Yu on 21 Jul 2016 | 0 Comments
China has held its status as a frontrunner in manufacturing the world’s goods for decades. The country produces 80 percent of the world’s air conditioners, 70.6 percent of its mobile phones and up to 63 percent of its shoes. In fact, China’s share of total global manufacturing output was 25 percent last year.

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What Do Suppliers Do with Rejected Products?

by Chao Wang on 8 Jun 2016 | 5 Comments
Once products are found to be defective, you shouldn't assume that they'll be taken care of properly. If your branding is on any rejected products, you especially need to communicate with your supplier to make sure they aren't sold to your competitors or to local markets.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, supplier audit

3 Benefits of Third-Party Inspection for Suppliers

by Stacy Bruce on 25 May 2016 | 0 Comments

Some suppliers respond negatively to an importer telling them they’d like a third-party inspector to check the product at the factory. You might hear a supplier say something like “we don’t need them” or “we have our own quality control staff”.

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3 Ways the Environment Affects Manufacturing

by Vicky Yu on 17 May 2016 | 0 Comments
Like any business venture, manufacturing is often full of challenges, setbacks and surprises. Some of these are related to how the environment affects manufacturing. And while some of them are preventable, there are others that simply fall beyond your scope of control.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice, environmental compliance audit

3 Complications of Sub-Suppliers and How to Avoid Them

by Stacy Bruce on 13 Apr 2016 | 0 Comments
Knowing these three complications of sub-suppliers can help you maintain a very reliable and socially compliant supply chain.

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3 Ways to Monitor Environmental Management Systems

by Vicky Yu on 11 Apr 2016 | 1 Comment
You may feel that monitoring and improving environmental management systems comes secondary to manufacturing a quality product. But nowadays more and more brands think that protecting the environment needs to be an important part of their supply chain. Not only can environmental compliance open doors to working with other retailers for distribution, it can also give stakeholders assurance that you’re taking responsibility to protect our planet from destructive business practices.

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3 Tips for Stronger Supplier Relationships

by Sunny Wong on 31 Mar 2016 | 0 Comments
Indicating to the supplier that you care about the relationship is a step in the right direction to improving it. But just saying you care is not enough. Time and well-placed effort are ultimately what create strong supplier relationships. Here are a few tips to help you foster a stronger business partner.

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3 Vital Questions to Ask before Product Rework

by Stacy Bruce on 24 Mar 2016 | 0 Comments
Rework sometimes comes at a considerable cost, can delay shipping and can even create more defects than it fixes. But sometimes it can also fix minor, major, or critical defects affecting your order. The final decision to rework or not depends on your situation and ultimately rests in your hands.

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4 Critical Quality Controls For Cosmetics Packaging