After April trade shows season, the October fair season is finally starting with the Hong Kong Electronics fair by Global Sources.
Buyers are flying in from all over the world to meet their suppliers and find new potentials. The manufacturers and service providers are looking forward to this event to meet the world for few weeks. Continue reading
We all know that sourcing in China starts by selecting the right supplier. However, even the best supplier is able to manufacture the wrong product quality with an incomplete purchase order. As a matter of fact, a good purchase order influences the production quality and more surprisingly the inspection result! Continue reading
China sourcing trade shows such as Global sources, MEGA SHOW, Canton fair… connect millions of buyers with dozens of thousands of suppliers at the same place at the same time. This includes manufacturers, trading and third party quality control companies! Time is precious during those fairs, that’s why it is important to come well prepared. Continue reading
Yesterday was celebrated the China national day (October 1st). Those are the last ones of the year! The China factories and offices are closed from October 1st to October 3rd. Some may close for a longer period: from October 1st to October 7th. It is advisable to check each suppliers’ services conditions during that period. Continue reading
As every month, we provide a short review of the best articles published at the CSIC. The CSIC is a non-profit organization that provides information to buyers on how to do safer sourcing. Their page allow to get in contact with them for expert advice.
Check out China Sourcing Information Center (CSIC) articles selection! Continue reading
A buyer needs to evaluate the capacity of a supplier to fulfill his requirements. It is part of his responsibility. To do so he can perform an audit or an inspection. Most of us have difficulty to discriminate them therefore today we will illustrate the difference between audit and inspection. Continue reading
Tomorrow the mid-autumn festival, or “moon festival”, will be celebrated in China, Vietnam and Taiwan. The Chinese name of this festival is 中秋节 (Zhongqiujie / jong-chyoh-jyeah). It is the second most important one after the Chinese New Year. In China and Taiwan, workers have public holiday(s). Continue reading
The textile humidity test is usually performed by any AQSIQ licensed and ISO 9001 certified third party quality control company. It concerns many products with one exception: the textile products.
The inspector only checks the humidity visually and by touch. Such procedure contradicts what was said in previous articles about the risks involved with humidity during a shipment. Therefore, let’s look at the actions that could be taken to improve the on-site test. Continue reading
To ensure the success of a factory audit in China, as well as all over Asia there are few steps to carefully follow. One of them is the “orientation meeting”, also called “opening meeting”. It should be cautiously driven for a simple factory audit or an extensive factory audit. Continue reading
The GSM testing methods are used to measure the material mass (or density) per square meter. GSM comes from “Gram per Square Meter”. It is a standard unit of measurement commonly used all over the world, even in countries where the usual unit of measurement is the pound (U.S.A). The reason is that the GSM testing methods are the most accurate ones. Continue reading