We know that a reliable and suitable supplier is an important factor in the success of your business.
After all, the manufacturer is the one you hand over the money to get your business off the ground.
Nowadays, you can easily find many suppliers on the internet, each promising themselves the best quality and the best prices.
But how do you know which manufacturers live up to their word and keep their promises?
How do you know which manufacturer is right for you?
Here are some tips and advice to help the process be smoother and more transparent.
- Be well prepared
Learn as much as more about the factory in advance before making any commitment in time or money. This may include getting the information about licenses, qualification and the name of the principal owner.
If possible, contact the factory’s existing customers to ask about their experience and learn about the supplier. Of course, there are some big companies operating in China that have been working with big brands for years, so they have a good reputation for quality and reliability. However, outside of the niche, smaller or specialized suppliers may be relatively unknown. After you’ve contacted a few potential factories, it’s best to make plans for an in-person visit; a site visit and in-person interaction will allow you to make a more correct choice.
- Visiting the factory
Once you’ve confirmed your visit itinerary, you can have an accompanying interpreter, who works for you and has nothing to do with the factory.
Be prepared to request the certification of all needed and check the facilities and production site and workshop of the factory. If the factories you are in looks clean, well-organized and well-equipped, then make sure it is actually the factory that produces your product.
- Cost effective
I know that price is very important, but I think cost-effectiveness is more important, when a supplier offers a reasonable price, at the same time offering good and thoughtful service, and highly cooperative, which can greatly improve your efficiency, save you time and trouble.
I think why you choose to work with a supplier is not because how good they are boasting and how cheap their product seems to be. It is because the product is able to achieve your desired result and performance.
- Follow up the production process
In China, the quality of raw materials is uneven. Regardless of how these materials are labeled, find out where they were purchased from and try to get the identifying information.
It is important to verify the inspection procedure and standards. Insist on having a quality control employee – not a boss or supervisor – size check the product as you observe it. You should also make sure that they keep proper records of all measurement and testing procedures and results, and ask to see those records.
- Maintaining daily contact
Stay in touch with your contact in the factory. If it’s within your budget, it can be beneficial to have your own staff in China as a direct liaison between you and the manufacturer.
Sometimes two very different cultures might cause misunderstanding and confusion.
There is a bright side to all of this. There are many reputable manufacturers in China who are able to provide quality services at competitive prices. Those famous factories will pay as much attention to detail as you would expect. Perform your due diligence ahead of time and you’ll find a reliable partner for many years to come.