What is First Article Inspection and Why is it Important?

What is First Article Inspection and Why is it Important?

What is First Article Inspection and Why is it Important? Imagine that you’ve hired an injection molding factory in China to produce a precision plastic automotive part. The dimensions of the part are critical, and you’ve contracted with a third-party inspection...
Manufacturing in Vietnam: This is What You Need to Know

Manufacturing in Vietnam: This is What You Need to Know

Manufacturing in Vietnam: This is What You Need to Know Since the U.S.-China trade war began in 2018, many importers have scrambled to shift some or all of their production to Vietnam. In fact, Vietnam’s imports to the U.S. through November 2019 totaled $60.9 billion,...
Garment Quality Control Procedures: What You Need to Know

Garment Quality Control Procedures: What You Need to Know

Insight Why is quality control so important in the apparel industry? When a consumer walks into the retail store, picks a pair of 32W x 32L straight fit jeans off the shelf, and goes to the register, they expect it to fit the same way it did the last time they bought...
Chinese New Year 2020: Avoid Problems With Your Factory

Chinese New Year 2020: Avoid Problems With Your Factory

Insight Every year, the Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday comes around and throws newer importers for a loop. At the time of writing this, the holiday is a little more than a month away. The Year of the Pig will be over and the Year of the Rat will begin the next day....
AQL Defect Classification: How to Classify Defects

AQL Defect Classification: How to Classify Defects

​How does your QC inspector determine whether your products are acceptable or not during a third-party inspection? Imagine you’re manufacturing a standing desk at a factory in Vietnam. You hire a service provider to conduct a final random inspection and the inspector...
What is a Golden Sample and Why Do Importers Need One?

What is a Golden Sample and Why Do Importers Need One?

Imagine you are importing ceramic mugs from a supplier in a low-cost country like China or Vietnam. You receive your shipment and begin to examine one of the mugs. As you hold the mug in your hand, you immediately notice that the exterior is a candy red color, when...

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