by Renaud Anjoran in 'Quality Inspection Blog'
Many companies that import from China pay for a third-party quality inspection before each shipment. At close to $300 per day of work, it quickly amounts to large sums.
Naturally, the question of how to reduce this budget is often asked by top management. They have the uncomfortable feeling of “being on crack”: they know it’s not the right thing to do, but they can’t get off the drug (or very bad things might happen).
So, what can an importer do?
Bad ideas to reduce your quality control expenses:
Why are these bad solutions? Because they reduce the amount of medicine without fixing the source of the problem.
What is the source of the problem? Unreliable suppliers, of course, but also poor quality assurance systems on the buyers’ side. Let’s look into this:
Good ideas to reduce your quality control expenses (on the buyer’s side)
Good ideas to reduce your quality control expenses (on the supplier’s side)
I am not advocating to stop QC inspections right away, but to pay a lot of attention on upstream security instead. Over time, if all goes well, the proverbial “ounce of prevention” should replace most of the “pound of cure”.
What do you think?