China Factory Audit
Is it absolutely necessary?
If you say yes to anything below – A China factory audit is an absolute must!
All CSO’s client production orders in China are complex; without CSO’s support, the risks our clients can potentially be exposed to are significant. Our job is to help our clients minimize these risks in order to increase their success rate working with Chinese factories. Auditing factories in China is one of the ways we do it.
The goal of the management system audit is to evaluate the ability of the candidate vendor to manufacture and deliver high quality product, consistently, over a long period time. The audit examines the factory’s resources and management quality, and determines if the manufacturer is reliable.
There are three kinds of risks most customers are concerned about:
If you share the same concern as our customers, then auditing potential factories is not a step you want to take to be extra safe. It is a must do action item.
There are a few difficulties related to auditing factories in China. The most apparent in the beginning is the time and money your company has available to invest in completing the audit. This leads to the second difficulty; you cannot possibly audit every single factory you find. It is extremely frustrating to realize that after one week of auditing several factories, none of the factories are viable. Some factories can be so incompatible with your needs, that you can tell as soon as you enter through the gates.
Here at CSO, we utilize our 20+ years of experience auditing factories in China, deep knowledge of the Chinese market, and familiarity with Chinese business culture to effectively prioritize the candidate vendors and enact highly effective audits.
The Secret Sauce:
Prepare in Advance and Work According to a Formulated Process.
The secret to a successful audit is thorough preparation work and adherence to a formulated process.
The majority of time that makes up the audit process is not spent running the audit itself. Its spent as travel time; driving to the factory you intend to audit. Even more frustrating, a significant amount of that time will be used on factories you end up disqualifying.
There is no magic pill you can take that will help you audit just the factories that qualify for your approved vendor list. But there are a few easy to do things that will significantly increase the chance of auditing factories with a likelihood of becoming your valued vendor.
CSO Projement is
A service provider helping non-Chinese companies work directly with Chinese factories.
Our customers are tech-based SME’s for whom price and quality are equally important and to whom protecting their reputation is a top priority.
Our customers are companies that cannot afford paying commissions or third-party margins on top of the net factory price. They are companies with complex products and complex supply chain.
Our clients understand that they must work directly with their manufacturers for improved communication and fast decision making.
They are companies for whom quality and cost are important uncompromising concerns, and want to be involved in the order follow up process, but cannot afford to let it consume too much of their time.
Start With Good Preparation Work
Preparation work has four objectives:
Begin with an initial online research for increased efficiency
Conduct email and phone interviews with the factory management and see if there are any apparent signs that the vendor is not suitable. Try to determine whether the factory should be disqualified at this early stage, to remove the need for an audit.
If the result of your research determines your company should proceed to an onsite audit, then complete the additional objectives.
Reduce unknown factors
These unknown factors may create delays and waste time during the audit. This includes logistics factors such as traveling time and availability of key factory staff for the audit.
Become familiar with the factory’s general situation prior to the visit
Performing a China factory audit can be difficult. A factory is a complex organization and the management system it uses is even more so. It is very hard to grasp the full picture upon immediate arrival at the factory.
The more complete the auditor’s understanding of the factory’s situation is prior to arrival, the better. The more an auditor knows about the factory, the faster he can progress the audit by skipping waylaying steps.
Help the factory prepare for the audit in order to increase the audit’s efficiency.
Of course, we don’t want the factory to “over prepare”. But we do want them to get the meeting rooms ready, arrange the smooth transition between departments, and have all machines and departments accessible without delays.
Managing the Audit
The audit covers a wide range of topics and potentially a large geographic area; some factories have multiple locations.
Inexperienced auditors can easily spend too much time assessing departments or specific items. It’s easy to get lost in all the details and ultimately run out of time to complete the full audit.
For this reason, here at CSO, we’ve developed a simple, yet effective standardized process. It ensures we cover all areas of the audit within the specified time.
Save Time and Money - Audit Only the Top Candidates, Don’t Waste Time on Unqualified Vendors
Here at CSO, our interests are aligned with yours.
There is a reason why we strive to be “your team in China”.
We understand that your goal is not to audit factories in China.
It’s to grow your business and increase your profits.
This is why we take it upon ourselves to reduce your cost.
We give you full control over the process to do that. We let you choose the most suitable option or combination of options for you:
Who is this service for
This service is designed for non-Chinese companies who are currently manufacturing or planning to manufacture their product in China
It is designed for companies that are looking for factories capable of manufacturing a high-quality product at a competitive price.
We realize that the one resource more important to our customers than money is time.
This is why we designed this service for SME’s that have little or no presence in China.
We offer a professional and experienced team with an extensive local knowledge that helps companies through the vendor approval procedure including a factory audit.
We designed this service keeping in mind production in China is a complex project that exposes many of our customers to big risks. This service minimizes those risks while remaining affordable.
Larger organizations with their own team in China can still benefit from outside experience when attempting to audit factories in China. Especially if the team is dedicated to non-operational tasks like sales and marketing.
Our service process is straight forward and easy
How It Works
If you are interested in the Factory Online Research or the Factory Email and Phone Interview services, we will follow this process:
If you are interested in the onsite independent audit or in the customer audit support services, we follow this process:
choose the service best suited for your needs
|Factory Online Research||Factory Email & Phone Interview||Onsite Independent Audit||Customer Audit Support|
|Number Of Factories||1 -5||1 -5||1 -5||1 -5|
|Price (USD)||$400||$600||Get Free Quote||Get Free Quote|
|Chinese Government Data Base Check|
|Factory Quotations for your products|
|Sourcing according to your specific manufacturer profile|
|Our Independent Onsite Audit||Per Your Request|
|Visit Coordination and assistance|