Preventing Product Diversion

Written by: Jean Champlain, Supplier Development Manager Just when you think you’ve made it through the most difficult challenges in the supply chain, another problem often catches people by surprise.  It’s product diversion. Product diversion is when an unauthorized party sells a product outside of authorized distribution channels. It is an increasing practice and one that presents a serious hurdle to profits. The way these unauthorized retailers and e-commerce sites obtain the products often involves reaching out to an authorized seller of the product. For example, many manufacturers have a signed contract with various salons or shops to exclusively sell …

Environmental Impacts & Solutions Within the Textile & Garment Industry

Written by: Stephen Moglia, Business Development Manager Sustainability, green fashion, circular economy: we hear and see those words almost everywhere now. They multiply with the growing interest of consumers and companies for the environmental impacts of the industry. In fact, the textile industry has become the second most polluting industry in the world, right after oil, as stated at the sixth edition of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last May. Globalised, complex, including a wide range of techniques, the textile industry affects the planet on many different levels, including very sensitive areas such as water, air pollution, chemicals, electricity consumption or …

Pro QC and Quality 4.0: Providing Added Value Solutions

Written by: Yingchao Siu, Business Development Manager I recently had the privilege of joining the annual ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement held in Seattle, Washington. It is the world’s largest quality conference bringing together a wealth of quality professionals from all over the world to exchange ideas and interact with other leaders within a variety of industries. The theme this year was “The Innovation of You.” Sessions focused on topics ranging from Quality Fundamentals, Risk and Change, Building and Sustaining a Culture of Quality, to Future of Quality. I had the opportunity to experience great knowledge first hand …

China Sourcing Alternatives: Thailand

Written by: The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team Many companies are looking for alternatives to China these days with regards to their supply chain. Most often the driver is costs. We’re seeing an increasing number of clients contemplating a shift, or already being in the process of implementing one towards other Asian nations with regards to their manufacturing base. This post is the first of a series discussing alternative options to China, and starts with Thailand. Despite not being a low-cost production base, Thailand is seen as a viable option by many companies to set up a manufacturing unit or …

What’s a Living Wage?

A question that comes up often when sourcing abroad is determining what the living wage is and how well suppliers stack up. Article 23 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and for his family an existence worthy of human dignity.” And, it’s even noted that Plato and Aristotle discussed the concept as they both argued for “an income that considers needs, particularly those that ensure the communal good.” How are Living Wages calculated? “A living wage is the minimum income necessary for a …