3 Keys to Addressing Product Quality Issues with Your Supplier

by George Huang on 21 Dec 2015 | 2 Comments
No one likes product defects, including your supplier. How can you, as an importer, make sure you're addressing product quality issues directly?

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China’s Pollution: A Story of Imports and Canned Air

by John Niggl on 17 Dec 2015 | 2 Comments
Beijing faced an air quality index of 250, that’s 10 times higher than what the WHO considers “healthy” levels. How has China's pollution come to this?

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3 Must-Do Procedures for Handling Golden Samples for Manufacturing

by John Niggl on 20 Nov 2015 | 0 Comments
Here you’ll learn three best practices for sending the samples you’ve approved for production back to the supplier to prevent issues.

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How Can Six Sigma Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

by Chao Wang on 16 Nov 2015 | 3 Comments
When the important variables are controlled within the processes, your chance of getting closer to the “perfect” product will be much higher. We’ve discussed lean manufacturing and the 5S method. Let’s look at a real-life, practical application of a Six Sigma methodology. You’ll learn how one company was able to improve a process and exceed their target goals significantly.

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Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: Basics, Benefits and Obstacles

by Chao Wang on 5 Nov 2015 | 1 Comment
All of your suppliers are probably aware of lean manufacturing but most in developing countries implement few, if any, lean initiatives within their operations. This is one reason why third-party inspection is so important if you are manufacturing. We've discussed the 5S method of improving efficiency. Now let’s talk about lean manufacturing as a broader term.

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How Often Should You Visit Your Suppliers?

by George Huang on 26 Oct 2015 | 0 Comments
How often should you visit your suppliers? The short answer: Not very often. Why? Doesn’t visiting your supplier offer you valuable insight and an opportunity to voice any concerns to the supplier face-to-face? Visiting can be valuable just to “give face” to a Chinese supplier and factory, an important cultural and societal sign of respect. However, do not expect to gain anything of manufacturing value by visiting for than once or twice a year.

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How to Create Shipping Marks like a Pro

by Crystal Ge on 23 Oct 2015 | 0 Comments
When your products are being shipped internationally, it is extremely important to have clear shipping marks to help those who are dealing with the cargo. Shipping marks may seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of manufacturing. But that shipment of products you’re expecting to receive in Los Angeles could be destined for Miami if cartons are labeled with incorrect markings.

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5 Factory-Provided Product Inspection Tools

by Stacy Bruce on 20 Oct 2015 | 0 Comments
How does a product inspector carry out testing to make sure your products line up with specifications? And who provides the equipment needed for these tests? Here we'll let you know some essential equipment that factories must provide for inspection.

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The Tianjin Explosions - Supply Chain Mismanagement

by John Niggl on 14 Oct 2015 | 1 Comment
How could the Tianjin warehouse explosions on August 12th have been prevented? And what can this tragedy teach us about managing supply chains? This article intends to illuminate, based on what is known, how the Tianjin warehouse explosions could have been prevented – namely through the use of an ISO 9001-type audit.

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Packaging Engineers – What Your Factory Didn’t Tell You

by Megan Young on 25 Sep 2015 | 0 Comments
One of the most common reasons for quality control inspections to FAIL is surprisingly simple and has nothing to do with the actual item you are buying from a factory. “Poor”, “damaged” or “inadequate” packaging are all possible culprits for failed inspection. Packaging is also the most common bit of production that will be subcontracted out to other companies, since most buyers choose suppliers based on their ability to make the actual item they want to sell instead of their capacity to make paper or plastic packaging.

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