China /

How Do I Verify My Asian Supplier?

asian supplier verification How Do I Verify My Asian Supplier?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.

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Events /

Welcome to China Sourcing Trade Show Season!

china sourcing fair 300x172 Welcome to China Sourcing Trade Show Season!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

Quality Control Tips /

Inspection Checklists & Potential Defects

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

Quality Control Tips /

Purchase Order Guidelines For Imports

purchase order imports 231x300 Purchase Order Guidelines For ImportsAfter 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

QC Basics /

AQL Inspections & Helpful Information

AQL inspection info 80x80 AQL Inspections & Helpful InformationAQL 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.

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Quality Control Tips /

Quality Control’s 3 I’s: Independence, Impartiality & Integrity

impartiality 200x300 Quality Controls 3 Is: Independence, Impartiality & IntegrityOne 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

Quality Control Tips /

Why Sourcing & QC Do Not Mix

conflicts of interest 250x166 Why Sourcing & QC Do Not MixIn 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 Tips /

Monitoring Quality Control Inspectors

IMG 9986 200x3001 Monitoring Quality Control InspectorsQuality 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

QC Basics /

Quality inspection of multiple references: what changes?

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

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