AQF has found in 2012 that Production Monitoring (PM) services are more and more used as a tool for remote management with clients’ factories. PM Inspections have been designed for 3 categories of need: Continue reading
In our previous post about Business Licenses we explained that a piece of paper does not necessarily indicate a legitimate company. Scammers have found many ways to counterfeit a Chinese business license. A quick search on the internet shows many forum topics on scams. One clear example of a fake license is the one below: Continue reading
AQF is currently exhibiting at the Grafite Feiras (House & Gift Fair) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This show is the largest house and gift fair in South America. With 1300+ booths and buyers from all over the world, it has been an exciting show. Continue reading
When performing an inspection, a quality control firm will conduct a variety of special quality control tests, depending on the type of product. One of these tests is the Hi-pot test, which is performed when inspecting electrical products. The results from this test are crucial in making sure the quality of your goods is up to your standards. But what exactly is a Hi-pot test? Continue reading
The nature of Chinese labor law has been dynamic in recent decades. Although independent trade unions are still banned, many laborers have gained rights regarding overtime, minimum wage, and injury compensation. The monthly minimum wage in Shanghai area is equivalent to $165. This may seem insignificant, but the purchasing power parity is much lower in China compared with more developed countries Continue reading
When any reliable inspector visits a factory for a client’s order, he or she is looking to be able to complete a comprehensive inspection in a relatively short amount of time, with infinitely detailed checkpoints. While seemingly on the “opposing team” from the factory, inspectors will generally ask for assistance from the factory to complete the inspection within the time constraints. Some factories claim they do not have the man-power to help or simply are unwilling due to their disdain for the inspector.
It seems like every day, more and more products are being recalled. All you have to do is do a quick Google search for “ product recalls ,” and thousands of news articles will pop up—a little bit scary right? Recalled products range from spinach to baby products to usb devices, all products that have been recalled due to dangers they may cause to ones health. Continue reading
A third party inspection company can perform many different types of inspections, both before, during and after production, and even during the loading of shipping containers. One inspection that is very useful for importers is the First Article Inspection (FAI), also called Initial Quality Control. Yet, what exactly is a First Article Inspection and why should you consider including it in your quality control program? Continue reading
If you are a buyer looking for new suppliers in China, you might end up with a list of a couple of potential good ones. Of course you then want to find out whether these suppliers are indeed reliable and experienced, or whether it’s a scam, so verifying a chinese business license with a Factory Audit is very useful at this stage in
With the world’s highest growth rate from 1985-1996, Thailand continued to grow consistently throughout the 2000s, and has become a new hot spot for sourcing and manufacturing. Considered to be a newly industrialized country, Thailand is a major manufacturer and world exporter.