Tag: sourcing

Verifying Suppliers… What You Want To Know

Verify-SuppliersAs a follow-up to an an article we posted in March, we wanted to go into more specifics regarding on-site supplier verification.

As noted, it’s not always cost effective to do a comprehensive ISO based or general QMS audit for each supplier you’re considering working with. But, there are basic questions looming that you need to make the right decisions…

One option for supplier verification is a basic on-site check.

What you find out:

  • Factory information
    • Type of ownership, address & contact information
  • Production Capacity (Annual Basis)
    • Category, total capacity, units shipped & % capacity
  • Export Markets
    • U.S., EU, South America, etc. & % volume
  • Key Clients (Past Year)

Pallets from China can pose risks to supply chains

usa-palletFor this post, we welcome a friend to the Pro QC team, Daniel M. Krassenstein, as a guest blogger.  

Many U.S. importers regard procurement cost and pallet vendor selection as the shippers’ burden, but this is risky and exposes an importer to severe supply chain disruptions should their pallets not be compliant with local requirements and face rejection by border officials.

In addition, U.S. importers are missing an easy opportunity to improve their supply chain and their costs. Here is an outline of what is available in the market and their respective benefits and drawbacks.

Solid Wood Pallets

A. Risk of Beetles – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conducts inspections of inbound containers at U.S. Ports of Entry. If they find evidence of wood-boring beetles in the solid wood pallets (even if the bugs are long-dead), then your entire container gets rejected and will be sent back to China. I know this for a fact, as we dealt with such a situation a few years back and it was costly!

Welcome Year of the Monkey – Preparing for Chinese New Year

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Anyone involved in sourcing from China has likely been preparing for Chinese New Year for several weeks.  The “new year,” also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar.  The festivities usually start the day before the new year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year. During that time, factories and other businesses are closed.

What happens during Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is the most significant holiday in China.  It’s a time when the Chinese return to their home towns and celebrate with friends and family.  Learn more about the cultural aspects here. 

For those involved in manufacturing within the region, there’s an urgency prior to the holiday to ensure timely shipments. This is where proactive planning is helpful.

Sourcing Quality Solutions

There are a variety of quality solutions that reduce costs and risk throughout the sourcing process. Connecting solutions to benefits is a compelling way to communicate the salience of quality. A few examples include:

Product Development

Detailed technical specifications and criteria assist in obtaining supplier quotations and with ensuring product later meets or exceeds expectations. Product documentation is key to getting maximum value from QC on-sites.

Product testing confirms if the product is meeting applicable standards requirements, or other requirements as necessary.

Supplier Selection

Identifying and/or validating suppliers makes selection a strategic and reliable process. Conducting initial supplier evaluations provides comparison data and further increases confidence that potential suppliers will meet your needs now and in the long-term.

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What You Should Know About QC Product Inspections

We’re answering your most frequently asked questions regarding quality inspections. For example, why should you perform QC inspections, what happens on-site, when is the best time to schedule, and more.

Check out our latest video:

Our quarterly newsletter is also featuring this information. Review the additional content here.  Another video of interest relates to Understanding the Supplier Audit Process. 

Let us know what questions or topics you’re interested in learning more about in 2016!