I cannot stress the importance of this step enough.
I have so many clients that have come to me to save them simply because they failed to check the China company prior to placing an order.
I have cases where clients came to me after their manufacturer simply disappeared, where factories had slow communication or stopped replying in English, even extreme cases where manufacturers started demanding more money after the order was placed and deposit paid.
All these could have been avoided if the company had been properly checked out.
Not all companies in China are bad or scammers, in fact only a very small percentage.
However it is almost standard practice for factories to quote beyond their means - i.e. quote at a low price to grab your attention only to find out at a later stage the quote was for plastic instead of stainless steel etc. etc.
Communication can also be an issue, often the staff assigned to handle your order are fresh out of school, sure they can speak a few words of English, but do you feel comfortable with a 17 year old with no experience handling your order?
I have seen factories with dirt floors, with no roof, with finished products sitting in the rain - I could go on and on but I think I have made my point:
Screen and verify your manufacturers thoroughly and you will have a manufacturer you can work with long term at world beating prices.
So what do you need to verify:
As you are searching for manufacturers using the methods outlined in step one we assume you have dropped any of the following:
Now you should be at the step of Screening and Verifying manufacturers with a shortlist of manufacturers.
Our goal here should be to gradually reduce the number to 2-3 manufacturers for the final step in the screening process of a site visit.
At this stage you will have obtained quotes from manufacturers. Use your judgement here because as I mentioned earlier some manufacturers will use tricks such as quoting very low prices to attract you to them.
However, you should be able to drop some manufacturers after they have quoted their price, product or service such as communication problems will be an indicator they are not suitable.
Another key step is sampling or placing a trial order.
Some bigger factories will offer a free sample, however in any case you should definitely arrange to inspect a sample in order to judge the quality.
A sample can also be useful later in contract negotiations as you have a physical product to base the quality level on.
The last step involves check into the company legal and financial status as well as a factory inspection to verify their ability to fulfil your order.
The China company background check will include:
The factory inspection will cover:
I haven't simplified this process to highlight that it is difficult and very important.
Large companies have the resources to verify manufacturers themselves however small to medium sized companies often skip the step entirely because they can't travel to China, can't speak Chinese or do not have the resources to verify the manufacturer themselves.
They might get lucky and stumble on a great manufacturer, or their attempt to import from China could become their worst nightmare.
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