Tag: factory

Are you a manufacturer in Africa or buyer of African goods?

Are you an African manufacturer or potential buyer of African goods? Over the past few years, business leaders and investors have become increasingly aware of the vast potential in Africa’s burgeoning consumer market. In addition, most exporters in this emerging continent are salivating at the opportunity to sell their goods to developed countries. According to the WTO, Africa’s exports to the European Union topped €116 billion in 2016. Europe is by far Africa’s largest export market, capturing 35% of its exports, followed by Intra-African trade, China, the USA, and India. With this in mind, the question for African manufacturers and …

Supplier Selection & Management: What You Need To Know

Our latest quarterly newsletter Feature Article discussed strategic supplier selection. Due to the response we’ve had, we wanted to follow-up on our blog. We were surprised to discover many of our newsletter subscribers didn’t know a variety of options existed for gaining additional assurances when going through the supplier selection process. Determining which option you leverage involves the level of risk you’re willing to take in the process. What are the options? Legal Verification The most basic information that you will want to have verified by an external source includes legal verification. Is the supplier legally able to partner and …

How well are your suppliers performing?

In a recent post, we discussed several New Year’s goals that we frequently hear from clients and prospects around this time of year.  One of the most common is evaluating and improving supplier performance. We know that suppliers may appear qualified at first and then fail to deliver the required quality after time and money have been invested in project development. Other suppliers have many of the desired capabilities for your projects but are inconsistent in quality and performance. Supplier switching costs can be very high and risks to quality and delivery unacceptable. Juran describes the process of supplier evaluation as: The evaluation of …

New Year, New Goals… 2015 Quality Goals

As 2014 comes to a close, we are considering the quality goals and objectives we’ve discussed with our clients and partners regarding ongoing improvement in the coming year.  Some examples shared with us include: Establish and/or improve a supplier performance evaluation process Develop and implement corrective action based on factory and inspection data analysis More effectively communicate support for quality throughout the organization Review and/or develop detailed product specification information to reduce discrepancies or other issues Avoid delays in shipments Review and analyze processes to identify bottlenecks and/or develop documentation What are your quality goals for 2015?   At Pro QC, …

What are our quality engineers doing on-site during inspections?

We receive questions relating to quality inspections and the inspection process quite often. One of the most common questions we receive concerns the benefits of inspecting product for quality prior to shipment.  The short answer is that inspections reduce overall quality risks and cost! Another question we receive often relates to what happens during a product inspection? What do our quality engineers do on-site? For us, each product is treated differently depending on specifications and/or other client requirements.  We work closely with our clients to develop the specifications that help guide our inspectors on-site.  However, there are a few consistent components that …