A couple of weeks ago, our friends at the China Sourcing Information Center (CSIC) wrote up an interesting article about the most common question they see:
“How can I make sure my Asian supplier is legit and meets my needs?”.
As we commonly write about, Quality Control is of course one major step in the supplier verification process.
With Global Sources starting up at the end of this week, followed by the Canton Fair, HKTDC and more, Southern China and Hong Kong are preparing for throngs of buyers and an exciting China sourcing month ahead.
Proper planning is necessary to have a successful visit. See some suggestions on how to go about a successful Trade Show visit here.
Check out a list of some of the most popular China Sourcing fairs below! Continue reading
While an importer’s specs and list of expected product defects are vital to perform an adequate inspection, reputable inspection firms like AQF have internal inspection checklists for any range of products.
The benefit of these detailed inspection checklists is that the inspection firm already understands the expected defects and knows what to check, even before receiving the client’s feedback. After receiving the client’s information, the inspection firm can further tailor the service to the specific needs of the client. Continue reading
It’s been another great month of blog posting, not only here at AQF, but at the China Sourcing Information Center (CSIC) as well. We have compiled a list below of some of our favorites from the past month!
Small Order Strategies: Part 1,Part 2,Part 3,Part 4, Part 5. Continue reading
After problems with their suppliers, many people then look to their Purchase Order and discover issues within. After a botched order, buyers are left wondering where to turn next? Many people end up contacting Quality Control firms after such a problem with a supplier. However, in many cases the issue is that they did not take the time to write up a proper Purchase Order.
Writing a detailed Purchase Order between you and your supplier is a must. Purchase Orders are business forms designed to enter detailed information for a purchase or sale of goods and services. A Purchase Order, also called a requisition or PO, is a vital part of the financial and accounting aspect of business. Templates are invaluable when learning to write a purchase order. Continue reading
AQL Inspections & Helpful Information. AQL (ISO 2859-1 (ANSI/ASQC Z1.4-2003)) helps minimize the amount of time (and money) spent on quality control while maximizing efficiency, based on scientific calculations. Almost all major importers, manufacturers and most governments apply this standard. At AQF, we often get asked, which information is necessary to provide for an inspection, so that we can assure that you receive exactly what you have ordered.
One of the important reasons why buyers send a 3rd party quality control company to inspect their shipment is for the ability to provide independent, impartial service in total integrity. Indeed, this part of the Quality Control process is an important one; the buyer, especially when he is not available, must have a high level of confidence in a QC partner.
Indeed, the international reference standard for quality control inspections companies, ISO/IEC 17020:2012, requires the following: Continue reading
In the past, we posted the article 3 reasons why QC inspections can’t be done by your agent. While it holds true that inspections should not be done by sourcing agents, how about the opposite? Should you work with an inspection agency that does sourcing?
To many, Quality Control and Sourcing in one company sounds like a match made in heaven. As the firm is a QC firm, they must have worked with thousands of factories and must be able to provide a few good sources for product XYZ, right? The vendors who have passed inspections for other clients must be reliable, right? Continue reading
Quality Control inspectors are the most important resource for an inspection company; therefore to have reliable service, the inspectors must have the right behavior: loyal, honest, and committed. They must also be experienced, regularly trained on what they are inspecting and on the new trends and new clients’ requirements. To ensure satisfactory performance the inspectors shall be monitored accordingly. Continue reading
In one of our past articles, Checking Multiple Product Types in One Inspection, we explained the benefits of not mixing multiple products in one quality inspection. But, for further evidence, see below what steps in the process are or are not affected by having multiple product types checked at once. Continue reading