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Does Your Retail Brand Have A CQI Strategy For The Festive Season?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 8 Dec 2017

The festive season is fast approaching and retail stores the world over are seeing an influx of people coming through their doors to purchase essential and luxury items. This time of the year is a very busy (and lucrative) time for most retail businesses, but it also presents an increase in supply chain pressure and demand that can lead to unsatisfied customers if quality becomes an issue.

Topics: Quality Management Systems

Why Every Company Should Use Environmental Auditing

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 16 Nov 2017

Manufacturing in the 21st Century has brought about some ugly truths about the way in which many retail brands produced their products, from the amount of CO2 emissions released to the way in which manufacturers dispose of waste. Today, environmental auditing is not a mandatory practice for retail brands, so is it even necessary? 

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems, Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit

2 Root Cause Analysis Techniques For An Improved Quality Audit

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 15 Nov 2017

As a RCA is a continuous improvement strategy used to identify the drivers of a problem, it serves the purpose of eliminating that problem from ever recurring again!

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems

A Factory Quality Audit Checklist To Ease Supplier Selection

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 9 Nov 2017

Household goods manufacturing and supply chain operations often are vulnerable to many violations in compliance and regulation, and has left many retailers pleading that they were unaware of any violations. Today, this is no longer acceptable, but a factory audit will help to address these challenges head on.

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit

3 Types of Factory Quality Audits Your Retail Brand Needs Today

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 8 Nov 2017

Many retail brands today are littered with non-compliance, human rights and environmental violations. These organisations find themselves at a loss on how to handle this kind of supply chain complexity risk.

Topics: Quality Management Systems

What Are Some Of The Most Common Reasons For Quality Audit Failure?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 7 Nov 2017

Unethical or morally gray manufacturing practices are not uncommon for many factories across the globe, most commonly situated in third world or developing countries, for their cheaper manufacturing options. The figures, from the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, show 24.9 million people across the world were trapped in forced labour for 2016. These cheaper conditions translate into unregulated conditions with little to no regulation and monitoring of working conditions, most of them horrific.

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit

Do You Know The Purposes of Your Factory Quality Audit?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 6 Nov 2017

The state of retail has recently seen an increase in supply chain pressure from retail giants like Amazon that are increasing the pace at which supply chains need to operate. Is your brand keeping up?

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems, Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit

Is DUPRO The Key To Improved Product Quality In Children’s Toys?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 29 Sep 2017

An average of more than 100 children’s toys is recalled every year due to critical defects, the most common being choking hazards due to small parts dislodging and even overheating of electrical elements causing burn injuries.

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems

Golden Samples & Improved Product Quality In Your DIY & Tools Factory

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 27 Sep 2017

So you want to import DIY tools into Europe, you’ve sourced your supplier in Ningbo, China where you place an order for a shipment of a variety of DIY tools like hammers, star and flat screwdrivers as well as 8 meter tape measures. Your shipment arrives, but your hammer handles are the wrong color and the color of the flat and star screwdrivers are swapped around.

Topics: Compliance

Cookware Product Specifications Are Key For Improved Product Quality

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 25 Sep 2017

Product specifications a small (albeit important) step that requires a bit of technical input, but one that can have a vast implications for the quality of your end product.

Topics: Compliance, Testing