Buying products from another country is quite a risky business. While you can see the products in front of you on the computer screen, without having a reputable quality control agent, it’s difficult to determine the quality of the product until it arrives on your doorstep.
Of course there are problems with that. There is no problem buying all types of items from China and having them delivered to your door in the UK, US or any other country. As you may or may not be aware, on arrival in your country, the package goes through customs where they determine if there are any charges payable.
Once you have paid the necessary fees, they are delivered. It’s when you get your hands on the products, after waiting days for its arrival, that you can identify the quality. Not the ideal situation to find yourself in when you realize that the quality is not what you were expecting China’s silk road economic belt.
A quality control agent China should firstly be bi-lingual and able to discuss your requirements with you in English and then pass on the information to your supplier or manufacturer in Chinese. This breaks down any language barrier problems, offering you some peace of mind, but it still doesn’t’ ensure the items arriving will be the quality you are hoping for.
You expect certain standards and it’s imperative that your agency understands those standards and then take the relevant steps to ensure these quality standards are being adhered to. If you have designed your own product and are relying on a Chinese company to manufacture the product for you to reduce costs, then you need to know that it will be sent to you as you imagined, enabling you to sell it on and build your empire in the future.
Another very important factor to take into consideration is that your quality control agent China has the relevant experience and knowledge when it comes to the product you want to purchase. This is so important. If you have designed a clothing item, there is no point choosing an agency that only has experience with technological items and vice versa. Your agency should know the product you have chosen, enabling them to make the best informed decision on your behalf when it comes to quality control.
The duties of the agency is to ensure that all your requirements are adhered to and this includes speaking to manufacturers and suppliers to ensure they understand what you are looking for and inspecting the factories to ensure that they pay close attention to detail. In addition to this, your quality control agent should also visit the factory once the prototype has been finished to ensure it ticks all the boxes in terms of the design and quality that you have given to them.
In addition to this, you need to look at your quality control agent China as an extension of you. Imagine that they work for your company and at the same time this is how your agency should view you, they should always have your best interests in mind. Working in this way, this close relationship, you can enjoy peace of mind that the products you purchase will be of the highest quality at the lowest possible price.
As your confidence grows and you grow to trust the agency, you can use them for all your Chinese purchasing requirements, whether you import large volumes on a monthly basis or you are in the process of developing a number of new items and want to use China as your manufacturing country due to the low costs they provide.