Below are the items required by the supplier inspection. I will expect an actual visit with pictures. You will be one of two inspectors for this factory.
•Company. Background of the company and organizational structure (is there a parent company)?
1: Company registration check with the local Industrial and Commercial Administration Bureau.
2: Request a copy of their "Business License - 营业执照".
3: Confirm their legal address and their operating address. (Often two different places.)
4: Confirm their legal representative and his/her contact information.
5: Confirm that the company is aware of the sales manager's communications with the client.
•Leadership. Find out about the leadership of the company. What were their prior work experiences before starting the factory.
•Organization. Be sure to take some time to understand the entire workflow. Does it make sense? Can you see any bottlenecks? If you do not understand something, ask questions. If you cannot ultimately understand why a factory’s workflow is a certain way, it may be a warning signal.
•Cleanliness. A sloppy workplace (including workers’ appearances) indicates a sloppy attitude, and most likely sloppy performance.
•Machinery. Get thorough explanations of what the machines do, where they are from, and other detailed questions.
•Quality Control. The key here is the number and location of QC checkpoints. Figure out how the rejected parts are handled. If you cannot understand that, it is likely that the workers also cannot.
• Ensure that in-line and pre-shipment Inspection System and Process are in place
• Ensure that QA/QC staff in the factory are independent of Production
• Ensure that mechanisms, inspection protocols, training records and inspection records are in place
•Employee Conditions. In China, most laborers live at the factory. Regardless, happy workers make for productive workers. Be sure to visit the employee housing areas to see how they eat, sleep and live when they are not on the floor.
•Location. The factory should be close to its suppliers – otherwise, there can be supply bottlenecks. It should also be close to a port from which it can ship. Finally, learn about whether there are utility quotas in the area that affect production – this is especially important for electricity.