Manufacturing in China: Why You Should Never Skimp on Quality Control
If you ask anyone where the manufacturing center of the world is, odds are they would tell you that it’s China. This assumption is far from baseless. Manufacturing products in China and then exporting them to the United States is a cycle that’s worked for countless companies for many years, and that trend shows no sign of slowing.According to a report done by Statista, “China overtook the United States as the world’s largest trading nation in 2013 when China’s export value of goods hit a record high of roughly two trillion U.S. dollars.” In that same Statista report, it’s also reported how the monthly export value from China in November 2018 was around 227.4 billion U.S. dollars.
Those are some colossal numbers, and they’re hard to ignore. If you’re one of the many entrepreneurs sourcing or importing products that have been manufactured in China, then you’re far from alone. However, with so many companies manufacturing their products in China, and so many Chinese factories distributing and producing those products, it can be difficult to know where to get started in order to make the best profits and secure the best products.
Quality Control is Key
If there’s one thing you should never, ever skimp on, it’s quality control. Like Quality Digest explains and International Business Times reports, “As of 2013, Chinese suppliers were producing more personal computers, cell phones, energy-saving lamps, solar panels, air conditioners, and shoes than any other nation on the planet.”
If Chinese suppliers and manufacturers are responsible for such a dramatic percentage of the world’s goods and resources, then it’s absolutely essential that you prioritize the quality of your products above just about anything else. However, finding a manufacturer in China that is equipped to meet both your production and quality requirements can be a borderline maddening undertaking for any single person or company.
This is where Guided Imports can help. Not only have we teamed up with some of the best inspectors that China has to offer, but our on-site quality control can provide you with four unique kinds of inspections that are meant to guarantee that the product you end up with is nothing less than the highest of quality.
How to Prioritize Quality
Ultimately, the key to ensuring quality products is to, quite simply, do the work. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to fly yourself to China to personally inspect every product you’re having manufactured, but rather means that you need to invest in the right people, the right practices, and the right manufacturers.
Like Forbes says, “Many quality problems are seen as too minor relative to the difficulties involved in rectifying them. Customers may not notice a product flaw, but they most certainly notice when a product is not delivered on time.” This is why so many companies tend to prioritize timeliness over quality, as delivering a late product can often feel more disastrous than delivering a potentially defective or subpar product.
This is unfortunate because the opposite is more than often true. Obviously, no one wants to be late in any situation, but if you’re pressing a manufacturer to produce a product as soon as humanly possible, then you’re bound to experience a diminishment of quality at one point or another.
Thankfully, you don’t have to do this on your own. Juggling both quality and timeliness is no simple task, which is why everyone on our team here at Guided Imports is here to make the quality control process smooth, simple, and effective on your behalf. We even have an entire team of employees operating right here in China who can act as your “feet on the ground.”
When it comes to quality control, it’s all about the investment. If you skimp on quality in the production process, then you may experience a catastrophe later on that can end up costing you more money than you’re equipped to deal with. When you prioritize quality control in every stage of the production and manufacturing process, however, then you can make sure that the product your customers receive is always of the highest quality.