Factory Inspections: Top 7 Benefits

Top 7 Benefits of China Factory Inspections.

I know many of my peers have taken up considerable white space on this topic but... it's super important. 

So today I'd like to add my own slant on verifying Chinese suppliers and how factory inspection services can be a key element for you when buying remotely with only the internet as your virtual Sherpa. There are some really simple things you can do to keep lowering risk.

Buyers have different approaches to verifying Chinese suppliers and there are multiple boxes that need ticking before we start making the big calls on who to deal with. For beginners sourcing from China this is a bit harder again given a lack of practical experience. If you signed up and studied the lessons in "A course for beginners" text then I am hopeful you learned some good stuff that will stand to you. However it's that valuable practice that you need or the experience of knowing how to complete the final pieces of the puzzle that's seriously important. Why so serious you ask? Well ultimately it will come down to a point where you are ready to pass over some of your hard earned cash on a deposit to... Well a company you don't really know, people you have never actually met! It doesn't really matter if it's sourcing suppliers in China or the Arctic Circle you are going to have the same last minute feelings of doubt. 

Let's stop for a second! 

Firstly don't forget there are independent factory inspection and audit service providers in China. Here is a common sense hot tip that can save you some time. Once you have engaged speaking with a supplier that is on your shortlist of 3-5 factories tell them you would like to send over your factory inspection team just to have a look at their production line, processes and quality control. Obviously be polite and ask if that's ok? A positive response from the supplier embracing the chance to show off their ability is a thumbs up but a washy, nervy excuse ridden response is a red flag. Doing this can save tons of time communicating only to get to a similar crossroads. There is nothing rude about it but do be prepared to back up what you are saying. It is understandable that you won't follow through on all but don't use it plainly as a question that you never back up. At some point you'll drop the ball.

So hot tips aside, when you engage an independent factory inspection service what benefits can you hope to gain?

- Verification that the factory exists and is operational.

- A non-biased view of the factory and its operations.

- Evidence of production capabilities including machinery being fit to manufacture your product.

- A snapshot of what it's like dealing with management from factory X/Y.

- Information on what products are being produced at a particular time.

- How products are checked, packed, handled and stored.

- A complete report with images, factory record copies and interview results with factory management.

It's easy to get all too caught up in small details of discussing specifications even colors or packaging details and for whatever reason we ignore the elephant in the room... the product we are discussing actually needs to be produced. So let's not get too side tracked when verifying Chinese suppliers, be sure to tick all the boxes. 

As always happy to hear any questions or comments on the topics raised.


edgar Tamayo

It is good to read such articles like this. especially for those business people longing for a foreign country supplier. All the list are truly helpful and important, especially no.3 Evidence of production capabilities including machinery being fit to manufacture your product. thanks

Maklein Cruz

I totally agree with you. Factory inspection is really important. It is also for the safety of the business.

Gillian Robertson

But then again, there will always be the question of how independent the audit provider in China really is... At least until you have worked with them for a few times or have received positive reviews from someone else.

Odim David

I would go for the following when doing factory inspections. 1. Does the factory exist? 2. What are its production capabilities. But what question I have is that how would a small time supplier, like an SME, be able to harness the power of factory inspections when its size and scope is limited?

Tom Esthber

It's always good for a company to get an inspection. The only ones that are scared of inspections are the ones that have stuff to hide.

Amanda Putri

Nice article. I agree that factory inspection is important especially for the 1st time in dealing with the factory.

Maury Cheskes

Doing the necessary research of production and quality control is very important. I agree, it doesn't matter who you're doing business with.

Faith Maina

This article is very insightful and an eye opener for anyone planning to import from China. Considering the fact that China is becoming the next stop point for anyone importing cars to electronics, clothes and almost everything, a lot of information is required in order to make informed choices. Thanks for sharing, kudos.

Barry Millioti

it's really important to audit factories in china regularly and meticulously. conducting these inspections ensures good quality outputs and of course, the safety of workers.

Ben Lance

thanks for highlighting the importance of regular inspections. it does not only guarantee quality products, but also the safety of workers.

Al Blake

It is undeniable how factory inspection can add value to the products.This approach manages the quality by fixing the sources of defects as soon as they are detected. So customers are safe also.

Kevin Jonson

I agree that it is important to establish a good working relationship with factory managers. Without this, sourcing quality goods will always be difficult.

Mia Batoy

This blog is for the business-minded community.It is very informative, they'll give you things to remember and they won't bore you for they do topics part by part and also they get to the point directly.

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