Author's details

Name: Jennifer Stepniowski
Date registered: May 11, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Quality Fun – Word Search, Crossword & More — November 13, 2015
  2. Panel Discussion: Doing Business in India — November 4, 2015
  3. Social Responsibility & Risk-Based Thinking — October 23, 2015
  4. ISO 9001:2015 – What You Should Know — October 7, 2015
  5. The ROI for Quality — September 25, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. On-Site: What’s a C-TPAT Security Audit? — 8 comments
  2. Product Inspection Strategy — 5 comments
  3. 5 Reasons Packaging Integrity Matters — 4 comments
  4. Using a Grid Analysis for Supplier Selection — 3 comments
  5. 7 QC Tools in 8 Minutes — 3 comments

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What types of defects occur most often during inspections?

Over the last three decades, we have inspected an innumerable amount of orders for clients looking to mitigate sourcing risk and uncertainty. As a result, one question we receive often regards identifying trends or commonalties among defects noted. We asked two of our key team members in Ningbo, China what the most commonly noted issues during …

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The Quality – Social Responsibility Connection


As a guest blogger on the ASQ site this month, my post discusses the connection between quality and social responsibility, in addition to highlighting ideas for action as it relates to individual accountability.  Check out the article here.  For additional info regarding the quality – SR connection, I reference the following articles: Embedding Social Responsibility Principles …

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Textile & Garment Quality: Inspecting a T-Shirt


We are preparing for TexWorld next week in NYC and thought it appropriate to revisit quality within the textile and garment industry.  A recent question we received related to what we would evaluate during a t-shirt inspection.  That’s a good question… With order details and product specifications in hand, our experienced textile/garment quality engineers go on-site and …

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Our words of advice to manufacturers about ensuring quality…


Over the past few months, I’ve reached out to our team asking them to share their advice to manufacturers regarding ensuring quality.  Our team’s responses are included here: What words of advice would you give manufacturers about ensuring quality? “Never stop improving your system, structure and process to stay competitive. Implement a continuous improvement process …

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On-Site: What’s a C-TPAT Security Audit?


I’ve recently returned from a visit to our offices in China where I was able to attend a C-TPAT audit with our Supplier Development Manager, Jean Champlain. A C-TPAT audit isn’t quite as common as a general QMS or ISO 9001 evaluation, but the information generated has significant value when you understand the scope. “C‐TPAT …

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