I am in the process of manufacturing my product in Hong Kong and the whole process is scaring me to death. Many questions like should I go there before shpping to check product. Would appreciate any tips.
Hello Petspread!! Welcome to the board! Congrats on finding an OEM you are comfortable with. Did you go through a sourcing agent? How did you find them?
If you can afford it, that would ideal, but most of us can`t do that. What quality control is in place already? Have you rec`d your production sample? What are the policies of your OEM regarding quality control/payment?
Best of luck!
Believe it or not, I "googled" until I found an OEM. I picked several that had websites and could produce what I need. They sent samples, some of which I didn`t like and they kept sending until they got it right.I could have used a sourcing agent, but that`s one more person you have to pay. I have a friend who from experience knows how to communicate with these people so he is helping me along the way. I`m not placing an order until I get a PO from somebody. Still learning the process so that I do it right. My biggest concern is product controll, especially on the first order. I think I need to check it myself.
Good luck with your product, great logo!
I am in a similar boat at the moment. I`m trying to get some plush toys made from recycled material as my characters have an environmental slant to them so I need to ensure quality control throughout.
I too have googled manufacturing in China to begin researching what is available and which are the reputable companies out there. It seems to be a bit of a minefield so an agent can be useful. I have a contact that lives in Hong Kong and his company specializes in this sort of thing. He is guiding me through the sourcing process.
They are called Product Solutions (run by an Irish guy - family friend, I`m Irish too). They are well respected and work with some big names. http://www.productsolutions.com.hk/
Let me know if you want an introduction.
You could also have a look at this book which I believe is very good if you are looking that direction. http://www.chinasuccessbook.com/.
I am on limited dollars so am trying to get prototypes to assess quality before committing to order. Get them to send you something before sending money, sort of a show me how good you are before we work together approach - if they want the business they should be prepared to show you what they can do?
Let me know how you get on...
Thanks Leslie and Des, thanks for the information. I may just check out this company with your guy. I do have an agent available to me but chose to pass. I have had many email conversations with this company (he speaks and writes perfect English) and they did send me 3 samples. I asked for 3 so I could see consistancy. I paid for the shipping. I did not like the first batch so they sent me more at their expense after they made corrections. I still have a lot to do before I place my first order so I am like a sponge for information. I know you can hire someone to check your product before it ships but I may want to do it myself. I plan to pay them with a guaranteed letter of credit with a 10 day extension to allow me time to check the quality. Thanks for the link. PS, I was not born in Ireland, but I am Irish!