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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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting a Chinese Factory

by Bobby Lee on 18 Sep 2015 | 2 Comments
Visiting a Chinese factory helps prospective buyers gauge everything from the quality of the products to the technical expertise on offer, as well as everything that could be going wrong with their operations. But before you rush out to apply for your Chinese visa, book your airplane tickets and embark on a trip to the Far East, take heed of these 5 mistakes you have to avoid when visiting a Chinese factory for the first time...

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Product Inspection – What is a “Pending” Result?

by Oliver Knack on 17 Sep 2015 | 0 Comments
What does a “pending” result mean in a product inspection report? Regardless of which QC company you use, product inspection reports will generally have three different result categories – pass, pending or fail. While pass and fail are self-explanatory, the pending result begs the question, what exactly is “pending”? In this article, we clear up what that means and what you can do to stop them from happening. .

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China’s Currency Devaluation and Your Manufacturing

by Scott Auriat on 14 Sep 2015 | 3 Comments
It should come as no surprise that china's manufacturing sector has been and still is the driving of growth in country does currency devaluation signal a weakening economy thus to stay away or on contrary an aggressive move by chinese government make its more competitive learn about how importantly this will affect you your

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Product Inspection and Lab Testing to Verify Quality of Materials

by Megan Young on 9 Sep 2015 | 0 Comments
How can you be sure you are getting the quality materials you want in your product? The substitution of original quality materials for cheaper, lower quality ones is an unfortunate but very recurring problem in products made in China and elsewhere. So let’s look more closely at leather for the sake of breaking down product inspection and lab testing for quality of materials .

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3 Tips for Dealing with a Difficult Factory Manager

by George Huang on 7 Sep 2015 | 0 Comments
As a buyer half a world away, there is nothing more frustrating than your supplier’s factory manager giving you a hard time with production. This situation may happen more often than you’d like. But before you decide to play hardball and threaten to take your business elsewhere, take a deep breath and relax. With this in mind, here are three tips to help you deal with a difficult factory manager.

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4 Critical Quality Controls For Cosmetics Packaging