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  • Three Steps to Assess Your Suppliers When Sourcing from Asia Apr 16, 2021 at 7:45 PM

    This article is an adoption of the post from the company blog of HKQCC

    When you are sourcing raw materials, finished products, spare parts, or anything from another country to sell in your country, there is always a risk because you are not there to control the manufacturing process and to check the consignment before it is sent to your business address. The risk increases many folds if your supplier is unreliable and maybe a defaulter.

    Besides, it is also not feasible to send a QC team every time a consignment is ready to be shipped or in the middle of the manufacturing phase. Language and high cost are two main barriers that make it difficult to do the inspection yourself.

    Things do not differ when you are sourcing from Hong Kong or any other part of China.

    Fortunately, there are few steps that your business can take to make sure that your suppliers in China are reliable. For that, you should always get in touch with Asia quality control service providers as they can ensure if your suppliers are as low risk as possible.

    1. Create a Checklist
    If you are responsible for procurement or quality control, the first thing you should do is to understand the whole procurement process and create a checklist.

    Do this every time when you choose a new supplier as having parameters for reference can make the vetting process much easier. Share this list with the procurement department.

    If you are new in the process, you can consult with the Asia quality control service providers as they are well-versed with the selection process of suppliers. The supplier would need to fulfill each criterion to be identified as a qualified supplier.

    For best results, your quality team should work in collaboration with the procurement team in the creation of a detailed and useful checklist. They should make sure that the checklist is used each time the procurement department is considering a new source or supplier.

    2. Carry Out Supplier Risk Assessment
    Though it is nearly impossible to eliminate all the risks, you can minimize the risk while choosing a supplier.

    While even the best screening checklist cannot eliminate all the risks, conducting a supplier risk assessment will help you get an idea of what risks you will be facing if you choose a particular supplier and the magnitude of each of them.

    Auditing a vendor’s technical capabilities, business policies, overall financial health, and reputation among other clients will help you get insights into their business practices.

    Just like a bank or financial lender would use a credit report to verify a potential borrower, a supplier risk assessment will help you get a picture of who you are dealing with.

    3. Conduct Regular Supplier and Factory Audits
    Even when you find a supplier as reliable and low-risk after vetting with a checklist and assessment, its risk level may change one day. For the entire time you are dealing with each vendor, it is critical to monitor their performance because their performance affects your business reputation, customer satisfaction rate, and revenue.

    Therefore, you need to regularly carry out the inspection of products you are procuring and audit your suppliers as well as their facility. Otherwise, you will not know when that low-risk supplier would turn into a high-risk supplier. Regular audits and inspections help you recognize the patterns within the behavior and ensure the credibility of the supplier.

    So, follow all these three steps, you can mitigate the risks throughout you and your suppliers in Asia are working together.
  • Requirements For Inspection Of Medical Masks Apr 14, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    This is an adoption of a blog post of HKQCC

    COVID-19 is raging around the world. In the case of insufficient medical supplies, many countries have purchased medical supplies from other places, such as masks, protective clothing, and eye masks. When purchasing medical materials from other places, what should be paid attention to during inspection?

    Many mask suppliers or manufacturers have tested and registered masks in accordance with EU standards when selling masks to ensure that the masks have certain protection or are suitable for medical personnel. But beyond that, there are many places to be tested.

    Even the material of the mask itself has reached the standard, there are inevitable errors or mistakes in the packaging and manufacturing process of the manufacturer; HKQCC provides strict inspection on the packaging to ensure that the goods meet the requirements in packaging and function.

    Besides the materials, packaging and production are equally important

    Have you ever tried the mask which has a dirty ear hook? Have you ever tried the ear hook that was broken while wearing a mask? Or the mask is full of smell? These are all in the place where you need to check!

    When purchasing an entrance mask, in addition to paying attention to whether the manufacturer’s materials pass the standard, also check whether the packaging meets the criteria!
  • Different Types of Production Inspection in Hong Kong Apr 5, 2021

    Production inspection is an essential element of quality control. It enables you to assess product quality on-site at multiple stages of the production process and before shipment. To prevent quality issues and supply chain disruptions, you should inspect your products before they leave the importer’s premises.

    Thanks to the third-party inspection service, you can ensure that the products confined to the specific requirements defined. Most products need stringent testing and certifications. To comply with international standards, quality inspection at the source is necessary to mitigate import risks.

    Inspection performed at a different stage of the manufacturing process:

    1. When You Need Initial Production Control
    The initial product control is required to anticipate quality issues before the actual production process begins. The initial product inspection is performed on-site at the beginning of the production process. It is a preliminary inspection of machines and materials that is going to be used for the production.

    Inspection production control is the first step in a process to ensure product quality throughout the production cycle. An IPC is a step taken to put your order on the right track. The third-party inspection service will use the internationally recognized statistical sampling standard.

    2. When You Require the During Production Check

    The During Production Check is a type of inspection performed when 20% to 80% of the production is over. In the inspection, the inspector randomly selects units from production batches and informs you if the product adheres to a specification and deadlines at the origin of your order.

    The During Production Check keeps your production on track. For each inspection, the inspector uses statistical sampling procedure standards.

    3. When You Need Pre-Shipment Inspection

    A pre-shipment inspection is performed when 100% of your production is completed and 80% is packed. The pre-shipment inspection helps take corrective measures before products are shipped. It provides you an overall quality view of your order. Pre-shipment inspection is an effective solution against import risks and financial significances.

    For all types of product inspection, the performance, durability, overall appearance, features, and dimension of the product are checked.

    Why is Production Inspection Necessary?
    • To ensure product quality at every production stage.
    • To check the quality at the source and not pay for the defective items.
    • To avoid remainders and maintain your market reputation.
    • To anticipate production and shipping timings.
    • To maximize the quality control budget.
    A professional third-party inspection service can help you identify the steps required to correct non-compliances before shipment of the product.

  • Fulfillment by Amazon Packaging Inspection Requirements Apr 2, 2021

    Adoption of blog post of HKQCC

    Customers always ask about the pre-shipment inspection requirements of Fulfillment by Amazon. Do we provide this type of service? Today we will introduce the pre-shipment requirements of Fulfillment by Amazon!

    Fulfillment by Amazon is a logistics company set up by Amazon to help merchants solve logistics and transportation. Merchants can send goods directly to Fulfillment by Amazon. Amazon is responsible for warehousing, packaging, delivery, and return and exchange arrangements, reducing merchants’ logistics costs, and time.

    Fulfillment by Amazon sounds attractive, right? However, there are many strict requirements and standards to use Fulfillment by Amazon’s service!

    Most manufacturers know Fulfillment by Amazon and know well with their packaging guidelines. Before purchasing an order, remember to communicate with the manufacturer to make sure that your shipping destination is Fulfillment by Amazon and need to comply with Amazon’s requirements. The following introduction to the standards of Fulfillment by Amazon.

    Fulfillment by Amazon has strict requirements on the packaging.

    (1) Barcode and FNSKU label

    Each package must have a label and a barcode that can be scanned. If your products have different styles or colors, they must be separated and corresponded on the FNSKU label so that amazon can identify that.

    (2) Different packaging requirements for loose products and set products

    Different types of goods have different packaging methods. If your product is a set and sold in a combination of several different products, it must be packaged in advance when it is packaged and labeled with “sold as set” to identify the product category.

    (3) Polybags with suffocation warning

    Some products have warning notices, which also need to be indicated on the packaging, such as suffocation warning, no children can touch, etc.

    (4) Manufacturer location

    Products stored in amazon need to indicate the production location on the packaging (e.g. made in China), you may communicate with the manufacturer during production, to add the production location on the packaging.

    Fulfillment by Amazon also has a series of packaging requirements, you can also browse the amazon website to see more
  • Do any of your products required product inspection Mar 20, 2021

    It is an article adopted from the HKQCC website.

    HKQCC provides a few suggestions to see if you have any product inspection needs!

    (1) Pay attention to product quality

    To protect our brand image, we don’t want to sell defective products to customers, unless you are very confident in the manufacturer’s products, or the products have been purchased many times, and there is little chance of error.

    In order to avoid the opportunity of rising costs due to quality issues, we all recommend product inspections to ensure that the quality of the products meets the requirements.

    (2) Cooperate with the manufacturer for the first time

    If you are working with a manufacturer for the first time, we cannot find any reason for not conducting product inspection.

    This is definitely the best way to protect yourself, to ensure that the products ordered are accurate, and to check the quality of the products to evaluate future cooperation opportunities.

    (3) Unable to visit the factory for inspection in person

    Usually, your manufacturers are located in mainland China, but you live abroad. Is it worth spending a sum of money on air tickets and hotels for product inspection?

    The product inspection service is born for you, saving you time and money. After the inspection is completed, you can know the quality of the product with the inspection report!
  • Top 3 Ways Third-Party Inspections Enhance Product Quality Mar 10, 2021

    Adoption of the blog post from HKQCC

    Every business wants to offer high-quality products to its customers. In order to achieve that, you need to ensure that your products are thoroughly inspected before they reach the market. No company wants to sell inferior quality products to its customers, as it can damage its reputation and affect sales. Recovering from such situation can be difficult.

    That is why getting the product inspected by a Third-Party Inspection company is crucial. Product inspection is conducted by a neutral third-party quality control company. The inspection company conducts check on-site at the factory, either before, during, or after production.

    Pre-shipment inspection is the most generic type of inspection. A quality control inspector performs a range of tests and checks to ensure that the products are in-line with the specifications. The results of each assessment are put into an inspection report.

    Let’s take a look at the different ways third-party inspections improve product quality:

    1. Catch Defect at Early Stage

    Before the products you ordered leave the factory, you would want to ensure that your products are defect-free. The quality-control inspector uses the inspection methods to catch issues with your products.

    If the inspector detects any issues with the product, they will inform you immediately. After that, you can contact your supplier to deal with them before the products are shipped to you. Pre-Shipment Inspection is crucial because once the purchase order leaves the factory, it is usually too late to deal with it.

    2. Gain Leverage With The Factory

    When there are issues on the order you placed at the other part of the world, you may feel helpless when situation is out of your control. If you have set requirements with your factory, it reduces the chances of defects and increases the probability of high product quality standard.

    A third-party inspection will provide you with detailed inspection report. It gives you insights on the status of your order. It also puts you in the position to hold the supplier accountable for their work.

    3. Track Progress Over Time

    Inspecting from time to time gives you a clearer picture of how your relationship with the supplier is proceeding. It lets you know whether your product quality is improving or getting worse and if any recurring issues are not addressed for.

    The product inspection by the third party can be beneficial for supplier development. It also helps you in managing factory relationships.

    The Bottom Line

    In order to avoid product recalls and enhance the reputation of your brand, you should work with a reputable Third-Party Inspection Company in Hong Kong. These companies will make sure that your product passes all the expected benchmarks.

  • How an Amazon FBA Seller can benefit from Quality Inspection Services? Mar 5, 2021

    This is an adoption of the blog post "The Need of Quality Inspection for FBA Sellers" on HKQCC

    Many individuals are selling products on marketplaces like Amazon, Etsy and Ebay, etc. Most of them are sourcing from China and the Asian countries. With the rapid expansion of sales on the online marketplaces in the past decades, many individual players have grown into big players that can move big volumes. The most influential group are the Amazon FBA Sellers. Many buy large quantity from China manufacturers but also risk excessive product returns or even account suspensions if the product defect rates are too high or other quality issues. A third party quality inspection company can come into help. In fact, the HKQCC is helping a lot of Amazon FBA Sellers to handle their quality inspection needs in China and Asian countries such as Vietnam.

    Below is a blog post on HKQCC company website that explore more details on this topic:

    Becoming a successful FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) seller – the one who sources products from China and sells them around the world – sounds exciting but it also means lots of responsibilities that may overwhelm you even before you take a deep breath. As an Amazon seller, you need to focus on sourcing and selling a product that offers value to customers and satisfies them in terms of both quality and price.

    Without ensuring the quality of the products that you sell on Amazon, you would struggle right from the start. Your sales would be low, you would receive lots of bad reviews, and you would get loads of return requests. All of this can make you step off on the wrong foot. If your performance as an Amazon seller is bad, your account may even be suspended. Besides, you would not make any money.

    Now, the question comes – how do I monitor the quality of products being manufactured in China? The answer is to hire China Product Inspection Services.

    China Product Quality Inspection – A Step Necessary for Sellers

    Hiring a domestic quality inspector makes complete sense in terms of finance and logistics. When you hire a product quality inspector in the same country where products are manufactured, you can easily avoid correcting minor and major defects before products have been shipped to Amazon.

    No matter if a product is manufactured manually or by a machine, mistakes can happen. It is common to have a small defect rate on each lot of order. However, you would not want an excessive quantity of defected products to be delivered to your customers.

    By hiring China Product Inspection Service, you can ensure that nearly all products shipped to Amazon are in good quality so that your customers can be satisfied with what they bought.

    What kind of product inspection should you need?

    While all kinds of inspections have their significance and help you ensure that only quality products end up in the hands of customers. For a FBA Seller in concern, pre-shipment inspection is the one that you should consider. By hiring product quality inspectors to conduct Pre-Shipment Inspection in China, they will help you identify problems before products are packed and shipped out. Thus, it leads to fewer recalls and returns and helps you bring down costs.

    In general, there are two options: full inspection and spot/random inspection.

    Full inspection is suitable for only those sellers that source only a few products per order. However, if you sell products that are mass-produced, a full inspection is going to cost more money. In this case, choose the spot/random inspection that reviews 10% of inventory will be more cost-effective.

    In case many defects are found during the random inspection, you can request for a full inspection to check whether the manufacturer is supplying quality products and being honest or not. If not, you can take proper actions as you deem appropriate.

    What do Quality Control Inspectors look for during an inspection?

    During an inspection, a quality control inspector looks at:

    • Verification of quantity
    • Conformity check, such as color, style, label, packing, and shipping conformity
    • Workmanship check, such as appearance and basic function
    • Function check to see if a product functions as intended
    • Product quality check
    Another quality check that FBA sellers need to perform is on shipping and packaging. FBA program has its own requirements for inventory, such as product barcodes, packaging and prep, shipment packaging, and shipment labels.

    Failing to fulfill these FBA requirements can lead Amazon to return your product or charge extra fees. So, it becomes important for an FBA seller to hire China Product Inspection Services.
  • Why is Production Inspection Essential for Successful Product Development Life Cycle? Feb 23, 2021

    *) This is a post adopted from the HKQCC Website Blog

    Product Development Cycle
    Production inspection is a vital part of Quality Control and testing during any product development life cycle. It holds the same importance as any other activities, including research & analysis, designing, prototyping, and manufacturing that result in developing the high-quality and flawless products. A business needs to put a lot of efforts throughout the product development life cycle to deliver a successful product in the market. It needs to ensure various quality parameters of the final products meet the safety and application standards.

    Benefits of Product Inspection
    Product inspection is the process of reviewing and testing the product quality during different stages of production. It determines how a product will look, feel, and function as per the required specifications and industrial needs. Production Inspection can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the production process by identifying potential issues at the right stage that help to reduce overall production cost. Production inspection or product inspection can be classified as:

    Pre Production Inspections (PPI)
    During production Inspections (DUPRO)
    After Production or pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    Whether it is about inspecting raw materials during pre-production inspection or analyzing the production process, everything matters for quality control and assurance. Each stage of production inspection has its importance, and you cannot ignore any of them.

    Product Inspection in different stages of Production

    Top Reasons why product inspection is essential at different stages of the production process

    It ensures that raw materials used by manufacturers are of top quality as per the market and safety standards. A team of experts examines the quality of raw materials for approval to begin the production process.

    The product inspection team checks the production methods and techniques to make sure that manufacturers follow the requirements as defined in the contract for efficient production.
    It reduces the wastage of raw materials during the production process to ensure production efficiency at all ends.

    It helps manufacturers to identify defects and issues at the right time and make necessary changes to avoid further loss of time and material.
    The production inspection team makes sure that the final product looks, feels, and functions as per specifications required by the client.

    The pre-shipment inspection helps businesses identify sub-standard or defective products before the shipment and market delivery.

    Advantages of product inspection for businesses

    Product inspection helps in the development of accurate and high-quality products before introducing them into the market. It helps businesses in:

    Delivering defect less merchandise to the customers
    Increasing sales and demands
    Gaining customer loyalty and confidence
    Reducing customer complaints
    Building brand value by improving position in the market

    Product quality cannot be compromised at any level as it can damage your brand value in the market. It is where production inspection enables businesses to keep with the quality of products from the time they place their order to the final delivery for 100% customer satisfaction. Professional Product Inspection Services can help them reduce their overall production cost by improving manufacturing efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Pre-shipment Inspection - A Brief Explanation Feb 17, 2021

    What is Pre-shipment Inspection?
    Pre-shipment inspection is the step usually taken by trade operators, such as buyers, suppliers, and agencies, to inspect newly manufactured products right before they are shipped for export or import. The primary objective of the pre-shipment inspection is to check the quality, quantity, defects, safety requirements of merchandise and issue reports for import and billing. This inspection step gives trade operators the assurance and peace of mind that their products are ready to be shipped to their destination.

    Why do you need a Pre-shipment Inspection?
    Pre-shipment inspections are typically conducted when mandated by the government of the importing country. In this way, the government can ensure that the price charged by an exporter reflects the true value of the goods. It also prevents goods of substandard quality from entering their country and reduces attempts to avoid the payment of customs duties. Thus, in general, pre-inspection is needed because it is mandated for the traders by their governments.

    However, even if your country doesn’t mandate pre-shipment inspection, you can still choose to have this inspection conducted to ensure that you are getting goods that meet the specifications mentioned in this contract.

    Who Performs Pre-Shipment Inspection?
    Pre-shipment inspections are usually conducted by contracted private organizations or third-party quality inspection/control companies. Importers can select from one of the many reputable and recognized organizations when planning the inspections.

    Who pays the costs of pre-shipment inspection?

    The costs of pre-shipment inspection are paid either by the importer or the government of the importing country. However, in some cases, the Inspection Agency may invoice the seller in case of supplementary inspection visits. The costs related to presenting the goods for inspection, such as unpacking, handling, testing, sampling, and repackaging, are the responsibility of the seller.

    Who is responsible for arranging the pre-shipment inspections?
    Though the importing party is usually responsible for pre-shipment inspection, the exporter must make the shipment available for the inspection in the country of origin. Delays in presenting the goods can lead to problems in shipment delay and/or increased costs for the exporting party.

    Thus, it is in the best interest of exporters to coordinate and work with the freight forwarder to ensure that all the information is accurate and provided to the inspection company immediately after the notification of the requested inspection. Sometimes, requirements for pre-shipment inspections are mentioned in letters of credits or other documents.

    In case a disagreement arises on the findings of the Pre-Shipment Inspection, a resolution of the discrepancy should be negotiated with the inspection agency. When exporting to a member country of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the WTO agreement on PSI spells out the responsibilities of the exporter and the inspection agency.
  • AQL - a must know concept on Quality Inspection Feb 12, 2021

    Who needs an Quality Inspection Company

    If you purchase merchandises from overseas manufacturers, you may need an quality inspection company. The most direct reason is that you need to ensure the merchandises you purchased are at your required quality level. Besides, the goods are made by the required materials, the outlook and features are what you requested, the most important aspect is that you need to ensure the product defect rate does not exceed your acceptable level. If the defect rate is too high, you will risk high return rate or a dispute with major buyer.

    If you have been working with a vendor for a long time, it may not be mandatory to have an inspection company to check every lot of goods. However, if you start with a new vendor, or if your products have big design modifications, or if your vendor has new adjustments in his production process, it may be better to conduct an quality inspection. You need to make sure that the product defect rate is below your acceptable level.


    AQL is Acceptable Quality level which is defined as the number of defective components are considered tolerable during random sampling quality inspections. There are many different sampling standard such as MIL-STD-105E, ANSI/ASQC Z1.4, ABC-STD-105, BS6001, ISO 2859, DIN 40080. Based on different order quantity and different AQL, the number of tolerable defective items would be different.

    AQL Table

    You can access the AQL table through the following link:

    AQL Table Link

  • Do you need a Crash Course in Quality Control ? Jan 28, 2021

    Myth - All Goods from China are poor quality
    To my amusement, most western media whenever they talk about China, there are only negative stuffs. Despite China is now the largest manufacturing center in the world and its merchandises are traded all over the world. In social media, many people claim the goods from China must be inferior, low quality and not durable. I always wonder if those people are really without a bit common sense or purely slander China. The international trading system is composed of plenty of rules, protocols, processes and structures that evolving since last 50 years. If the Chinese can sell rubbishes and earn their country into the second largest economy in the earth, then who are those fools that are cheated for that many years?

    Use Common Sense - There is an international trading system in this planet
    There is the quality control and quality inspection regime that ensure the manufacturers produce the goods with quality that meet the demand of the buyers. The manufacturer and importer/buyer communicate and confirm the product quality, then a third party quality inspection is hired by the buyer to guard on the quality of the products.

    The Undertaking of an Quality Inspection Agency
    The Quality Inspection Agency will issue an inspection report after the inspection which is a legal undertaking. Would anyone think the third party agency would risk itself legally by approving off quality stuffs?

    Quality Inspection Company in China
    Hong Kong Q.C. Center Limited or the HKQCC is a quality control and inspection agency with Headquarter in Hong Kong and offices in China. It has been in the quality control field over 25 years. It does its work using international quality control standards and have been helping many international clients. Starting from 2019, many online sellers aware the benefits of 3rd party quality inspection and seek HKQCC for help. Besides HKQCC, there are many inspection companies in Hong Kong and China that provide inspection services across a wide range of product categories.

    A Crash Course in Quality Control
    I just read an article in Forbes called " Chinese Manufacturing: A Crash Course in Quality Control" I nearly could not stop laughing. What's a joke. Only those without common sense need such a crash course!
  • What are the typical services of a Quality Inspection Agency? Jan 21, 2021

    Hiring a Quality Inspection Agency

    If you buy and sell locally, you may not need to hire a third party quality inspection company to look after the quality issues for you. You can also go to the manufacturing site by yourself or your qc staff. However, if you source from other countries, it may not be practical and can be costly to do it yourself. Hiring a 3rd party quality inspection agency is a good solution.

    Typical Services of a Quality Inspection Agency

    There are typical 3 types of service a quality inspection company provides;

    • Factory Evaluation or Audit
    • Production Quality Inspection
    • Pre-shipment Inspection
    Factory Audit

    It is a comprehensive process to evaluate the potential supplier's background, organization structure, certificates and licenses, physical facilities, quality control procedures and system, as well as the social accountability status. This process can ensure the supplier is what it claim it is and have the capability to handle the order.

    Production Quality Inspection

    The production quality inspection includes 3 sub-processes;

    Initial production Check: The inspection of raw materials before the start of the production process. It also involves the verification of materials ordered by the factory.

    During Production Inspection: Inspect the production batch and examine the products to find any possible defects.

    Final Random Inspection:
    after the completion of the production process and the merchandise is ready & packed for shipment. It verifies the product safety, quantity, and standards in line with prescribed specifications & norms.

    Pre-shipment Inspection

    The final systematic inspection of units selected randomly from all batches of the order before shipment is released, it also checks the quality of the packaging materials and the loading process.

    Besides the 3 typical services, some agencies also conduct lab tests for their clients. Anyway, it is always a good idea to have a quality inspection agency to assist you if you source your merchandises overseas.
  • Thinking of Sourcing from Vietnam instead of China? Jan 19, 2021

    Supply Chain Diversification

    Many people are talking about the diversification of supply chain at the beginning of 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid in China. A year has passed and there have not been much diversification as China becomes the only production hub that can run in full speed. However, it still makes sense to plan for the long-term. Though it may not be realistic of switching all your sourcing out of China, it may be still a wise move to have alternatives to prepare for the un-expected.

    Vietnam as a source of light industrial products

    Vietnam locates in Indo-China and has a population around 100 million. It's per capital GDP is USD 2720 (2019 fig.) and It's economic growth was at 7% in 2019. The country is actively developing its infra-structure and business environment. With a large number of young population and much cheaper labor cost as compared with China. Vietnam can be a good supplementary source.

    Would Product Quality be an issue ?

    Product Quality is always an issue if you want your business to prosper in the long term and build your brand. So wherever you source your products from, you should also take steps to ensure the quality of the products. Once you have this mind-set and are practicing the actual quality assurance procedures, you are free to work with manufacturers of any countries.

    Quality Inspection in Vietnam

    Would the quality inspection tasks be anything different from those inside China? The answer is definitely not much. In fact, many inspection companies that active in China can mostly provide services in Vietnam. Just like HKQCC, we can provide full range of quality inspection and audit service in Vietnam. If you want to learn more details, just visit our website:
  • How Quality Inspection & Audit can reduce your Overall Cost Jan 13, 2021

    Cost Cutting to Improve Short-term Profit

    During the economic downturn, the easiest way to boost the bottom line is to cut the operation cost. The no brainer is to cut cost among the whole value chain. Of course, this may not be a good idea if the cost cutting may urge you to skip or loosen the standard on quality control. You may temp to skip the quality inspection on products from a regular supplier. This appears as a rational decision may lead to big a disaster. Accidents do happen and sometimes, once you loosen up, your counter party may loosen up as well. By cutting cost, especially on preventive activities such as quality control, it may help to make your book look good at short term but it may actual increase the overall risk level of your operation. Therefore, if you are running your own business, the good appearing short term result is very mis-leading and dangerous.

    Hidden Cost of Loosen of Quality Standard

    - Lost of Customer and Business Opportunity
    You may loss a customer due to quality problem, with the advance of internet and social media, the news can be spread around very easily and you may lose new prospects.

    - Costs incurred due to product recalls and increased inspection frequency
    You may need to pay penalties to your customers because of poor product quality. Poor product quality would also increase the product recalls that reduce your overall profit. With dis-satisfied customers, they may require you to input more on inspection that will add more on your operation cost.

    - Keeping High Product Quality Standard without maintaining an Army of QC Team
    A lot of large trading companies maintain large in house QC team. With the down turn of economy, the pressure on cutting head-count is great. In term of cost reduction, some companies may reduce the size of their QC teams. Though it is unfortunate, they should outsource part of the work to 3rd party quality inspection and audit companies. Especially if you source your products from Asian countries like China and Vietnam. There are many professional quality inspection companies you can choose to serve your quality and inspection need.

    Hong Kong Q.C. Center Ltd.

    I am working for HKQCC. I find that it is a very reliable and professional quality inspection company. Its head office is in Hong Kong while has its operation offices in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries. It has more than 20 years in field experience and is well known among Amazon FBA sellers. If you are interested in sourcing from Asia and selling online. You can just checking up with HKQCC.
  • Quality First - Tips to Start Online Sales Jan 6, 2021

    Explosion of Online Selling

    The pandemic has changed the way of doing business and selling online would be explosive in every countries. Whether you like it or not, China, Vietnam and most Asian Countries are still the main manufacturing centers of light industrial goods and consumer merchandises. The pandemic is likely limited international travel. Even you want to monitor the production process to ensure the product quality, you could not do it yourself.

    Quality First

    Do you think about skipping the steps on quality control? Think again! It is not worth the risk. The best option is to hire a reliable third party inspection company to do the job for you.

    3 Tips of Taking Care of Quality when Selling Online

    a) Wholesale Imports

    China is one of the largest exporters of products. Most of the product inspections are conducted in China. Alibaba is the largest online wholesale platform. You can find various types of products and buy certain products at a lower wholesale price. The quantity of the product is then shipped to the local for sale.

    Most of the sellers conduct transactions through Alibaba, which is more reliable and more secure than private communication. If you are still thinking about finding a suitable product there, you can try Alibaba.

    b) Product Samples

    Due Alibaba is a wholesale platform, you can ask the seller to send a sample before placing an order, to see if the quality of the product is what you want, to reduce the chances of incorrect goods.

    c) Product Inspection

    Of course, even if the sample received meets the requirements, the most important thing is that the product can meet the requirements in the end, but you cannot go to the factory to inspect the production in person, so you need to entrust a third-party inspection company like to help!

    The inspection company will inspect your goods for quality, packaging, etc., so that you can be more at ease about the goods that are about to be sent, and can also reduce the cost loss caused by the loss of goods.

    At the beginning of 2021, wish everybody has a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year!