Tag: china

The U.S. – China Trade War Creates Demand for Sourcing Diversification

Written by: Alexander Parker, Account Manager (Tampa, FL) Pro QC International works with businesses to develop and maintain their quality programs. Many of these clients have their primary suppliers based in China. Due to recent trade escalations between the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, U.S. corporations are finding ways to adapt and avoid extra costs as the tensions continue to escalate. Some prominent U.S. companies have already directly indicated that the U.S.-implemented tariffs will force them to pass down higher costs to customers and revise their earnings forecast downward. However, there is an alternate solution to …

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 …

Welcome Year of the Monkey – Preparing for Chinese New Year

Anyone involved in sourcing from China has likely been preparing for Chinese New Year for several weeks.  The “new year,” also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar.  The festivities usually start the day before the new year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year. During that time, factories and other businesses are closed. What happens during Chinese New Year? Chinese New Year is the most significant holiday in China.  It’s a time when the Chinese return to their home towns and celebrate with friends and family.  Learn more …

Quality testing adventure… Evaluating strollers

They say you should walk 10,000 steps per day, and our engineers in China are hitting the mark as they road test these strollers through various road conditions. Sebastian Oarcea, Pro QC’s Chief Engineer, explains the evaluation in more detail below. Purpose:  To determine the functionality and performance of the strollers in a real-life operating condition. Process:  One sample is subject of functional evaluation in reference with instructions manual provided and applicable standard prior to road test to identify potential failure modes. The road test is performed with strollers loaded at maximum stated by manufacturer (both for occupant and luggage …

Intern insight

Before our intern, Melanie Rinehart, left for China, I had the pleasure of meeting with her.  Our Managing Director has a keen eye when it comes to recruiting passionate individuals.  Melanie is no exception. For the past several weeks, Melanie has been training in our Shenzhen office.  I wanted to reach out to her again for insight into her experience. You recently moved from Tampa, Florida to Shenzhen, China for an internship with Pro QC. Having been to China before and studied the language in college, do you find there are significant cultural differences? I definitely feel that the cultures in …