As they say, the best advertisement of a product is its quality. If you believe in your product idea, the first way to make it successful is to make it good.
We all don’t want to pay for something broken, right? So do your customers. To make sure you got it covered, it is important to check how your suppliers control the quality.
Here are few questions that you can ask and verify with your suppliers:
1. To which countries do you ship your products? Do you sell to Europe or US countries?
Asking this question is important to know the locations of your supplier’s customers. This will give you the general idea if the supplier can comply with the standards and requirements of their customer’s countries.
If your supplier can ship goods to countries in Europe or US which normally have testing and shipping requirements, then your suppliers may have a good control on quality to comply with these requirements.
2. Do you have sample test reports of your product?
You can also ask your supplier to show you a sample test report of their product, to see a proof if they can pass a testing requirement.
3. Can you accept 100% quality check or third-party inspection?
Asking this question to a supplier will let you know if the supplier is confident about their product quality by accepting this terms.
If they agree to pass the inspection on every order, this signifies that they have a reliable system and process to manage their quality.
4. Do you have your own Quality team?
If your supplier is willing to pay someone to ensure the quality of the goods, this will give you the assurance that they take quality production seriously.
5. Do you have a Quality Management System?
ISO 9001:2015 sets the standards to ensure the quality in the operations of an organization. Your supplier may not have the certificate or audit report, but if you can check that they have their manual or documented process and guide, it will help you to understand how your product will be made from start until the end.
In general, if you want good quality product, accept the fact that it won’t be that cheap as you expected.
When sourcing for suppliers, look for the one who can offer you a price range in the middle – not the cheapest but also not the most expensive.
If you want your product to be successful, make it good.
As the saying goes:
The result of quality work last longer than the shock of high prices.