Among the most obvious and likely issues when it comes to doing business with a factory in China, we can find the presence of the sub-suppliers. Huge conglomerates can take your design or sketch and split production among thousands of factories, collect the goods and send them to clients in less time than it would take if they manufactured the product completely.
It can be difficult to control the quality of the parts not managed by your provider directly. In addition to this, some providers are reluctant to reveal details about their subcontractors, which makes even more difficult, or impossible, that you inspect the parts and materials of the sub-suppliers.
At IBMH we take all this into account to avoid quality issues, which can also cause delays when a manufacturer tries to solve them before sending them. This problem is often compounded when quality issues involve parts or materials from sub-suppliers.
However there are several things that are within the control of IBMH: a clear specifications and tolerances checklist for quality of their product. Clear requirements make less likely for your provider to misunderstand your expectations.
HIRE A PURCHASING MANAGER OR INSPECTOR IN CHINA
One of the most important benefits of purchasing management in China for suppliers is the improvement of the quality. The inspection reveals a defect in the product that can be perfectly avoidable prior to full production. Regardless of whether the defect is major, minor or critical, knowing it before shipping helps the supplier address the cause to correct the issue.
It is important not to misunderstand the role of the company for inspection and quality Control in China. The role of the inspector of products is usually limited to identify defects of quality and non-conforming units with the standards of the customer. At IBMH we go further and we follow the product throughout the whole manufacturing process.
The benefits of the inspection of third parties for an importer, that does not have any external supervision, is that he can be sure of what he has paid before receiving the finished products. Similarly, the supplier can get feedback from his customer assets, a difference between what the supplier and the importer think is acceptable is one of the main reasons why the relationship between the two parties can be broken.
Testing the product prior to shipping, the importer can view a detailed report of the order. Then they can make a decision about shipping the goods, or possibly, holding the order for the reprocessing. The result is usually a stronger relationship between the supplier and the importer.
If your company is not able to send its own agent to visit the manufacture place, you should hire a professional purchasing manager in China, as IBMH, to visit the factory on your behalf. The person who inspects the factory must have technical knowledge of the product and its manufacturing process.
Inspection prior to shipment of the product is one of the best ways to ensure compliance with the expectations of an importer. Suppliers and importers need time to develop a mutual understanding of the needs and pro