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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.

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

DUPRO & Toy Testing: The Key To Improved Quality In 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: Testing, Toys

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

The Ultimate Quality Inspection Guide: 9 Steps You Don’t Want To Miss!

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 22 Sep 2017

Quality is what makes (or breaks) a brand and its products. Simple as that. How much time do you actually spend analyzing your quality control systems for focal points that could be the cause of the quality problems you are facing?

Topics: Compliance, Testing

Why More European Brands Should Invest In The Turkish Toy Industry

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 6 Sep 2017

Lying partly in Asia and partly in Europe, Turkey is an ideally located hub with opportunities for growth and innovation, with special attention to those in the toy industry. European importers are beginning to notice this (and so should you!)

Topics: Procurement

How Lego Leveraged A Toy Quality Management System For Improved CSR

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 5 Sep 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a must for any toy brand that wants to achieve growth and avoid the costly implications of non compliance. A company that is testament to this fact is Lego. Last year the toy giant reported its highest revenue yet in its 85 year history, their profits rising 1.7% to 12.2bn kroner.

Topics: Compliance

Furniture Inspection Best Practices Importers Should Follow

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 28 Aug 2017

How does one go about skipping on lengthy delays, dodging product recalls and potentially damaging brand reputation that is brought on by furniture quality issues before it’s too late?

Topics: Compliance

The Importance of Toy Testing: How To Comply With En 71 & ASTM F963

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 24 Aug 2017

With the strict safety and quality standards of children’s toys, there is absolutely no room for non compliance. Compliance issues can cause potential health hazards and in some cases fatalities. Here we provide you with an exact outline of toy safety regulations and all of the most recent updates to help you avoid compliance issues, so that you can continue to produce toys of the highest quality.

Topics: Compliance, Testing, Toys