Quality Control

Is China still a copying center?

China is synonym of copying. If you want any product, the Chinese can copy the exact same product and deliver it to you faster, cheaper and sometimes more customized than the original one. But is it still only synonym with copies and cheap products? As other Asian countries emerge as the new cheap place to produce, Chinese labor costs become more expensive in comparison. Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar are gaining in popularity when looking for low costs. China still has a lot to offer thos...

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Wrist Watches Factory Inspection

Good Morning Everyone! Ever heard the saying “clock watchers never seem to be having a good time”? Clearly, the One that said that never went on a wrist watches factory inspection! Let me tell you more about this! WHERE: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province WHEN: August 15th WHAT: Wrist Watches SBE TEAM: Jason – Engineer, Valentina, Teodora and Ade – Interns  Our journey started at Huangbeiling Station and it took almost 45 minutes to get to Qinghu Station at the end of...

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The importance of third party companies

In this day and age, it is very common to import products from other countries and then sell them locally. It reduces costs and it allows you to access to a wider range of products and designs. This is good for your business, as customers will appreciate your new products and everybody likes saving some money. You want your goods to be shipped on time and once you have them, you want to send them fast to the stores so customers can start buying them immediately. But, what would happe...

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CHINA’S LIGHTING INDUSTRY

Last time, we've discussed about the IP protection in China. Today, we'll discuss about the more specific issue regarding this IP protection. When China committed to restrict its IP protection, the government also paid more attention to several critical issues and one of them is related to the lighting industry.     Growth in Lighting Industry   Recently, there has been an extravagant growth in the lighting industry as improvements in the China's intellectual property en...

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CHINA’S PRIORITY IN IP PROTECTION

Last time, we've discussed about one of the biggest downside in China's industry: counterfeit. Chinese government has been trying to beat the counterfeit and increase the Intellectual Property or IP protection. So far, Chinese government has found some brilliant ways to fight the counterfeit. Let's find out the details!   Innovation Stream in China Don't underestimate China! Like I always say, they're really serious in improving their quality and innovation. This innovation has been le...

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MY FIRST INSPECTION VISIT

Good day! I'm super excited to write an article about my first factory inspection visit. People say "There is a time for everything" ; and this is my first factory inspection visit! My visit was to a stroller factory in Ningbo and there was so much fun! Let's get started!     The Stroller Framework My colleagues and I arrived at the factory at lunch time, so we had lunch together with some of the factory's employees at their canteen. Our inspection process started after l...

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Inspecting Drinking Bottles

Hey guys! I am continuing with my series of stories about inspections. The first time I went to inspect some blankets. Yesterday, I went to my second inspection with our SBE engineer. This time the inspected products were drinking bottles. The factory is located in Taizhou, about a two hour ride away from Ningbo. This time it was a really convenient trip, as the supplier drove us there and back by his own car. I have to say one thing about the cars people own here. I am overwhelmed that all of...

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The Chinese “Chabuduo” Attitude

When you are doing business with Chinese people, it is highly recommended to learn about the cultural differences in order to be successful and prevent mistakes and problems with Chinese suppliers. Sometimes Chinese words and expressions are a good guide towards some of these cultural differences. In particular, when a word or phrase is complex to translate, it often means there is a cultural difference involved.   A good example of these words is the expression Chà bu duō  (差不多...

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Making the water cleaner

Chinese and US students join hands to setup new platform for quality awareness   University students from the United States and  Chinese business schools have established a crowd-sourcing platform to help people in China learn more about the quality of the water that they use every day.   The Web portal, called MyH2O (myh2o.org), is one of the first online crowdsourcing platforms in China. The portal aims to promote risk awareness, citizen activism and governmental respons...

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The importance of Quality Control

Quality control is essential to build a successful business. One that delivers products that meet or exceed customers’ expectations. It also forms the basis of an efficient business that minimizes waste and operates at high levels of productivity. A quality control system based on a recognized standard provides a strong foundation for achieving a wide range of marketing and operational benefits. Competitiveness The ability to offer customers quality products provides a strong co...

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