Made in China is very common these days but many problems can occur without the professional oversight. The most common problem when buying from overseas is the quality of the products. This can never be certain and not even the price can be a good indicator. It is therefore vital that the quality control process starts the moment you choose a supplier to prevent problems occurring during the manufacturing process. The lowest price in China relative to other suppliers is normally a big red flag. MyShipper makes Made in China simple.
Why is Quality so Important?
Manufacturers sometimes take orders even though they never made the product before. They are then forced to outsource which causes quality problems. This is why dealing with manufacturers can cause so many headaches if you don’t have someone overseeing quality control right from the beginning. Having someone on the ground means that they can see the materials being used and verify that the product is actually being manufactured in the factory you have a contract with. They can also spot and avoid problems before they occur. While it may seem to counter-productive for factories to cut corners when it costs so much more to fix problems, they often think they can get away with it. Therefore it is not recommended to trust factories in-house quality control. Factories are less likely to cut corners if they feel that you will audit them regularly.
Using Approved Samples As Benchmarks
Having production samples gives you a benchmark for which the quality of your products must be equal to. When you approve the quality of a sample, this should then be written into your sales contract and MyShipper will outline to the factory that they are accountable to this standard. Having a sample also enables you to compare the quality of every batch that comes off the production line. However, you will still need to have someone on the ground that ensures the initial sample is from the same production line and not hand crafted or bought elsewhere.
Approve The Quality Before You Ship
If you find problems once you have received and paid for them, then in most cases it is too late to do anything about it. Despite having a good relationship with your supplier, previous shipments of the same product or even have future orders in the pipeline, it isn’t much you can do about that particular batch. This is why quality control is so important and an ongoing process, especially for repeat orders.
Boots On The Ground
Doing business in China and not understanding the culture can be a minefield and can be a logistical disaster waiting to happen without being in China to put out the fires out before they become a major problem. A China sourcing agent, like MyShipper, can avoid the costly mistakes that often occur. Our China agents speak Chinese to assist with quality control inspections and any emergencies with logistics or manufacturing. Business owners believe they can manage the import from Australia but the value of having an agent with boots on the ground cannot be underestimated. MyShipper undertakes all our operations in person using our experienced staff.
Quality control is fundamental when importing. Large companies are either partnered with a factory or they pay an agent. MyShipper offers small to medium sized businesses the same opportunities as the multinationals. Importing from China can be very profitable if it is done correctly so get in touch with at MyShipper if you need some advice.