Asian Insights /

China sourcing trade shows: October fairs tips

AQF_Tips for October China sourcing trade showsChina 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

Asian Insights /

China national day holidays 2013: “Golden week”

AQF_China national day holidays 2013Yesterday 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

Sourcing Tips /

China Sourcing Information Center (CSIC): Best of September 2013


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

Quality Control Tips /

Alternative Textile humidity test

AQF_Textile humidity test on-site and at the officeThe 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

Softlines & Textile quality control /

GSM testing method and product inspection

AQF_GSM testing methods for garmentsThe 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

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