4 Ways to Prevent the War with your Chinese Supplier

1.Inspections by external inspector(s) in the factory
Pros:
The final random inspection is the “standard” way of checking quality. Suppliers are used to it.
It is easy to set up and relatively inexpensive, even with many different suppliers in many different places.

Cons:
The supplier might interfere in several ways: only showing a part of production (usually because they are late), bribing the inspector, or shipping other products if the inspector does not stay until the container is sealed.
If the purchaser only sends an inspector after production is over, and if the inspection is failed, the supplier might refuse to rework the goods. He might wait until the purchaser is obliged to deliver his own customers’ orders.

2.Final inspections on a platform
This solution is popular with some large buyers.
Pros:
Inspectors are more productive (no need to travel), and the goods can be shipped immediately after acceptance.
No risk of supplier interference.

Cons:
Suppliers often resent this solution. If the inspection is failed, they have to pay for the transport back to the factory, sort & re-work the goods, and submit them again.
Not suitable for small and irregular volumes.

3.Piece-by-piece inspection in the factory -If you want to check 100% of production
Pros:
The defect rate in the shipment is very close to zero after this 100% check.
The manufacturer sees what is rejected and needs to re-work it.

Cons:
Suitable only for large and regular volumes in one geographical area.
Can be expensive, depending on the number of inspectors to station in the factory

4.Training & auditing internal inspector(s) in the factory
Pros:
Much lower cost than sending third-party inspectors
In addition to controlling the products’ quality, the inspector can report on production status

Cons:
You need a high level of cooperation from the manufacturer (no interference at all)
There might be many complications if you purchase through a trading company

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