I published an article entitled China Production: Reduce Your Quality Risks Without Paying More, on China Business Success Stories. It is a series of 7 tips for importers: Write your product specifications Put in place a QA system … [Read more...]
Quality control inspections: basic concepts
I just posted a guest article about the basics every importer should be familiar with, on the China Sourcing Blog. They do a great job publishing very informative and practical posts. My article was a little on the long side, but I don't … [Read more...]
Inspecting quality earlier is better: the 1-10-100 rule
There are many misconceptions about quality control. One of them is the source of many problems: importers think QC inspections should take place at the end of production, just before shipment. In practice, it's true that most … [Read more...]
Defect sorting job (100% check)
Last week, a local trading company called me for checking thousands of products, one by one. They had found defects on several batches, and instead of repairing them, they had just put them aside. They were probably planning to sell them on … [Read more...]
Final product inspections: should the whole order be ready?
Most product inspections take place after production is finished, and just before shipment. It is a convenient way of checking whether all the product and packaging requirements are met. However, timing is usually tight. The importer … [Read more...]
In defense of third party inspection companies
Third-party quality control (3PQC, or 3PQA) has gotten a bad name in some circles. It might be deserved in part. But I feel there is a lot of misunderstanding. I am going to explain the basics of our job, so that non-experts can make their … [Read more...]
Hiring quality inspectors: a few tips
In my previous post entitled Quality control inspectors: an ideal profile?, I introduced the Ned Hermann model to show that only a certain thinking style tends to make a good QC inspector. Now, how to know a candidate’s profile? Recruiters … [Read more...]
Quality control inspector: an ideal profile?
Is there an "ideal profile" for inspectors? Is it enough to write and read English, and have previous experience on the job? I don't think so. Research, and our daily observations, show that every human's brain is "wired" in a specific … [Read more...]
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