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How Factory Audits, Inspections, and Lab Tests Fit Together

I am often asked questions such as “what is the difference between audits and inspections” or “why are lab tests necessary if you send an inspector”. In this article, I will show how these three types of solutions from Sofeast … Continue reading

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How To Bring In Quality Inspectors Without Upsetting Suppliers

Many buyers are fed up with quality issues that went unnoticed and ended up being shipped out, and they know something needs to change. One obvious way to contain issues is to bring in quality inspectors to check product quality … Continue reading

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How To Find Suppliers In China [Importer Tips]

Are you looking for assistance to find suppliers in China?  Sofeast can help you with that. Keep reading to see our suggested sourcing process and how we take the pain out of sourcing new suppliers for importers:

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What is the AQL (Acceptance Quality Limit)? An exhaustive guide

What Does AQL Mean? ‘AQL‘ stands for ‘Acceptance Quality Limit‘, and is defined as the “quality level that is the worst tolerable” in ISO 2859-1. It represents the maximum number of defective units, beyond which a batch is rejected. Importers … Continue reading

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Why Checking Quality During Loading Is A Bad Idea

In this post, I’m going to address whether checking quality during loading, if it’s even possible to do it at that time, is a good idea. I don’t think so, and here’s why…

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What is an inspection level in ISO 2859-1 and ANSI/ASQ Z1.4?

This article introduces the different options available to buyers when it comes to the representation of product inspection findings. Inspection level II (under “normal severity”) is appropriate for most random quality inspections. But it is sometimes necessary to increase–or reduce–the … Continue reading

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How To Avoid Damaging After Sales Quality Problems

What can importers do to avoid after sales quality problems that occur after a product has been shipped and is already on sale? Keep reading to understand what to do to mitigate or avoid these ‘long term quality issues’ in … Continue reading

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How to Arrange Supplier Self Inspections for QC

Supplier self inspections, rather than sending in external quality inspectors, are becoming increasingly important for today’s buyers. In certain cases, it makes a lot of sense to stop sending employees to check if a supplier has done a good job. … Continue reading

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How Much Does a Quality Inspection in China cost?

Understanding the cost of QC inspections in China Some importers get to talk about their project for some time, see where we would help them, and finally (almost as an afterthought) ask: “How much does a quality inspection in China … Continue reading

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Beware! QC inspections based on AQL & random sampling have limits

I wrote many times that QC inspections before shipment are a good way of keeping quality problems where they belong: In the factory. Quality control inspections are a good tool. But pointing out their limits is important. Misinterpreting their reliability is very easy.

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