- Published on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 17:39
by Asia Quality Focus team
In the past, we posted the article 3 reasons why QC inspections can not be done by your agent. While it holds true that inspections should not be done by sourcing agents, how about the opposite? Should you work with an inspection agency that does sourcing? To many, Quality Control and Sourcing in one company sounds like a match made in heaven. In their mind, as the firm is a quality control agent, they must have worked with thousands of factories and must be able to provide a few good sources. The vendors who have passed inspections for other clients must be reliable.
Unfortunately, it is almost never a good idea to work with a quality control firm providing both inspections and sourcing, because:
- Conflict of interest: should the quality control company provide confidential details like clients' factory names? While this is an obvious “no”, many quality control firms do indeed give away this sensitive information.
Furthermore, when working with these QC/sourcing firms, past factory performance can not be a necessary indicator of future performance:
- There is no guarantee that the factory will be able to pass future inspections – in fact, your own product quality can depend on a number of different factors, even when working with the same factory, including: your relationship with the vendor, size of order, price paid per piece, complexity of goods, etc.
Asia Quality Focus, for example, holds all client information completely confidential and does not provide sourcing advice. While it may seem convenient to combine your sourcing and QC operations, remember that Quality Control and Sourcing are two different skill sets and that you are best off managing them separately.
Read the original article here.
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