Traditionally, fashion companies have used buying agents or sourced resident teams to undertake quality control procedures at the manufacturer’s premises – either in-line or final quality control (Q/C).
However, this process has not always proved to be totally effective and product is often determined to be out of specification once it has arrived in Australia. Australian importers then need to engage in lengthy and costly discussions with their suppliers about who pays for what.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY AND MAGELLAN CAN HELP
Magellan can provide quality control facilities in its offshore warehouses that allow for detection of issues BEFORE the goods are exported. In the event of any non-compliance the goods are returned to the supplier for correction and re-delivery. This approach eliminates claims and the onus is put squarely on the supplier to get the product right BEFORE it leaves the country of manufacture.
Experience has shown that suppliers learn very quickly that if they deliver non-compliant product this will disadvantage them economically. It follows that self regulation becomes an imperative for them.
EXAMPLES OF QUALITY CONTROL PROCEDURES INCLUDE:
- Needle detection
- Button and stud testing
- Swing Tag confirmation
- Labelling confirmation
- Thread snipping
- Technical Q/C – (provided by client)