Is Your Factory Lying to You? How to Avoid Quality Problems

Is Your Factory Lying to You? How to Avoid Quality Problems

Everyone wants consistent quality. But, It’s a sad fact. In China and other Asian countries, there is no shortage of factories that will lie directly to your face. They may exaggerate their capabilities when they first talk to you. Or they might intentionally make...
Do You Know What Product Quality Really Means?

Do You Know What Product Quality Really Means?

You know that product quality is important. Make low quality products and soon you’ll be drowning in a sea of major problems. Dismal sales, skyrocketing liabilities, floundering productivity, and stratospheric costs. These and more will all be yours when you produce...
Why Passed Inspections Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Why Passed Inspections Don’t Tell the Whole Story

If you’ve spent any time manufacturing you’ve probably conducted a quality inspection on your order. And, in the process you most likely use AQL standards to determine the defect limit you can accept for your order. We’ve covered AQL extensively here and here. But for...
7 Signs That You Should Start Looking for a New Factory

7 Signs That You Should Start Looking for a New Factory

It’s easy to feel like you’re “on the outside looking in” when it comes to what your factory is doing in China. Sure, you get inspection reports and you get to see the final products (and their reviews on Amazon), but sometimes there is some murkiness around the...
Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

After you have an idea, you’ve found a factory, and you’ve produced your samples, you may think that you are ready to place an order. Tap the brakes! One thing that is very important to understand before you move forward with production is “Regulatory Compliance”. In...
Compliance, Regulations and CPSC.gov

Compliance, Regulations and CPSC.gov

When you are making a living buying or importing products from overseas, the importance of good research and staying informed can never be overestimated. In the interest of helping on that front, let’s discuss an important resource: CPSC.gov. CPSC.gov is the website...

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