How To Check If Your China Factory Is Ready and Has Capacity

Importers are being severely hit by the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia epidemic in China: Many factory workers (operators, inspectors, engineers…) are locked down in Hubei province Perhaps a higher number of factory workers are remaining in their home towns, hesitant to … Continue reading

At Sofeast, we have been going to Chinese factories on behalf of our clients since 2006. We have never had to face a situation of rapidly spreading disease, entire cities locked down, and all factories adopting stringent security measures. We … Continue reading

Quality System Audits vs Process Specific Audits

In this article, I want to contrast conventional quality system audits based on ISO 9001, and what I call process-specific audits. Why are each beneficial to importers, and what are the drawbacks you might find with them?

Why Social Compliance Audits Often Don't Work, But Can

I had a good discussion with Bergson Wang, who has worked in the CSR (corporate social responsibility) departments of Adidas and Puma. There is one thing both of us believe: Using social compliance audits does not work if the goal is to … Continue reading

A Factory Audit On A Small Factory. Worth It_

I see some well-meaning importers who pay to audit factories based on a checklist inspired by the ISO9001 standard. However, I am really questioning the value of a factory audit on a small factory (below 400-600 workers). Here’s why…