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China: Four simple steps for starting to do quality control

From Renaud Anjoran’s Quality Inspection blog:

Some importers have been buying from China for many years, and yet they have never done quality control in a professional manner. The science behind inspection protocols seems complex – nearly intimidating. Buyers don’t know where to start, and they don’t know how their suppliers will react.

On the other hand, quality control is a necessity for most shipments. The constant search for cheaper suppliers, the bad habit of subcontracting to lower-grade factories, and the high risk of communication mistakes all make a strong case for systematic inspections.

So, how to start? What are the first steps? After helping a few importers to start doing quality control, here are the first four steps I recommend.