At this point, we’ve matched you up with the ideal factory for your product. However, no matter how well-equipped your producer may be, we need to keep tabs on the entire production to make sure your products come out consistently and are prepared for their voyage from the factory to you.

Keep Your Factory on Track

Quality Control

When manufacturing begins, we return at multiple points for quality control analysis, and create a report with photo and video documentation. You track production and give input based in real time without having to book multiple trips to your factory.

Our precise plan for testing varies case by case, but here’s the general plan of action:

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Before assembly of your product is under way, you will already have approved a production sample from the factory. The colors, materials, and construction have been set in stone. That sample becomes the golden standard by which every subsequent product is judged. We’ll work with you to identify the possible points of failure so we can put them to the test when we return.

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Once 75-80% of the order is complete, our testers will conduct a design and functionality scan. They visually inspect the inventory and take photos so you can weigh in. Then the testers use the product how it’s intended to be used to make sure it works. We then go above and beyond. We’ll drop test a packaged product to make sure it can survive the rigors of shipping. We’ll send you a video so you can see for yourself. If we find defects, we can work with the factory to improve their processes and replace the damaged items.

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After your order is complete, we check your products before you go through the expense of having them shipped. We get deep into the details–down to spell-checking the packaging. If the production run passes quality standards, it’s good to go. If not, we sort it out.

The last thing you want is a shipment of defective products arriving at your warehouse. At that point, it’s too late to make up for the lost time and expense of shipping. Quality control is a necessary precaution.

Maintain Your Product’s Quality

Compliance

While the factory is hard at work, we have some paperwork to take care of. Your shipment won’t even make it through customs if they don’t adhere to the laws and regulations of the land.

The U.S. has numerous consumer protection standards you need to prove you’ve met before your product can hit the domestic market. Depending on what you’re making, we’ll have to pass any number of the following requirements:

• Product Standards
• Substance Regulations
• Labeling Requirements
• Testing Requirements
• Documentation Requirements

It sounds daunting, but we have it all covered. We’ll make sure your compliant from the design phase, and we’ll get it approved for import before it reaches U.S. shores.

Logistics

The right route for domestic and international freight shipping depends on your timeline and cost concerns. If you’re in a hurry to get your product on sale before the holiday shopping season, you might spring for faster shipping

For faster lead times, air freight is ideal. If you’re manufacturing in China, for example, you can get your goods from the factory to your warehouse in around seven days. And while there are only so many sea ports in the U.S., there is most likely an airport much closer to your ultimate destination.

If you’re producing overseas, ocean freight is much more cost effective than air. However, it might take a month for your product to reach its destination. If you plan ahead and allow for this time, you’re better off sending your products on a cruise.

No matter how you move your product, there are ways to optimize their route and reduce costs. A freight forwarder will use a mix of trucks, ships, trains, or planes from a range of carriers. They aren’t necessarily getting you the most cost effective and fastest. We ensure your logistics are as lean and swift as can be.

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