Conducting an audit of a potential supplier’s factory is generally the last step in the sourcing process. An audit gives you the opportunity to see a report of the actual factory that will be manufacturing your goods. It’s especially important to conduct an audit when manufacturing in India, as factories in India are more prone to issues with the safety of facilities, adequate quality control measures and overall social compliance compared to most other manufacturing countries.
A professional factory audit in India can investigate a number of different areas, depending on audit type, including:
An audit can help you avoid working with factories that operate illegally, produce substandard goods, ship orders late or have one of many of other potential problems. Even a less formal visit to a factory can tell you whether a factory is at risk of going bankrupt or actually has the equipment and experience needed to manufacture your product.
AQF’s auditors are Western-managed and have experience reporting on a wide variety of different factories in India. By hiring our local team in India, you benefit from lower costs associated with traveling to the factory. We’ll travel to the factory for you, conduct an audit based on your requirements and issue a detailed report of our findings.
If you’re going to source in India, we recommend auditing your supplier before placing your first order. The added transparency that comes with our reporting helps you vet potential suppliers so you’re only working with ones that meet your needs and standards.
You guys are quite efficient in making sure that you are in constant communication with our vendors to set up a time and day to have inspections handled... InTouch definitely pushed to make sure that inspections would be done in a timely manner. Any corrective actions that had to take place were executed well before the exit factory date.
Director of Production, Betabrand
Since InTouch does a more detailed inspection than what we had depended on with the factories, the quality of the products has improved. Where before when we might find 25 AQL defects, now it's down to three or four,because the factory knows that we want that cut back and InTouch is going to find it.
Administrative Assistant, Linstol
InTouch’s auditing reduced the level of risk, whether known or unknown, to our company. From the audit findings provided by InTouch, we were much more equipped to make the correct business decision with regard to an acceptable level of risk. The InTouch audit secured our decision making process.
Vice President of Purchasing, MJS Packaging
One of our customers had been through multiple suppliers year after year and had been let down with returns and rejections. With InTouch as our eyes and ears on the ground, we retained that business for 5 years without one single rejection or complaint.
Director of Operations, MMI Textiles
The speed that we get the reports is always good. We had an experience with some other inspectors where we had to wait an extra day to get the reports. Getting the report as soon as we can is very important, so we can make a decision and give feedback back to the factory.
Operations and Engineering Manager, Juku Gear
From beginning to end, InTouch is so easy to work with. The inspection report is literally there the next morning when I come into work. It really makes my job easier.
Inside Sales Specialist, MJS Packaging