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What information do I need to provide to my factory/supplier to inform upcoming inspection/factory audit relate services carried by a third-party inspection company?

Inspection Related Services:

  1. An introduction email informing your factory/supplier that Branding Manufacturing Services will be conducting the services.
  2. CC’ed your Brand Manager in the introduction email so that we are aware that your factory has been notified and we can also liaise with them to confirm the inspection start dates and the things that the factory is required to prepare so that the inspection can start out smoothly.

Factory Audit Related Services:

  1. An introduction email informing your factory/supplier that Branding Manufacturing Services will be conducting the services.
  2. CC’ed your Brand Manager in the introduction email so that we are aware that your factory has been notified and we can also liaise with them to confirm the audit start dates and to send them the checking list/document list to prepare for our auditors’ review on-site so that things can start smoothly.

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How does Coronavirus (COVID-19) affect China? (Traveling Around)

What is Coronavirus?

  • Coronavirus is a virus that causes illness that ranging from common cold to more severe diseases.
  • Coronavirus are transmitted between animals and people.
  • As Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from people to people. Infection range from mild to serious and that it could turn deadly.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) had named this disease that outbreak in China as COVID-19.

How does Coronavirus (COVID-19) affect things in China?

  • New quarantine rules are being imposes in Beijing – Recent returnees are required to report to their management building and do a self 14 days quarantine. Although this is a mandate ruling in Beijing, but neighborhood committees are increasingly its assertive roles to impose this ruling across the country.
  • To minimize the spread of Coronavirus, public transportation to other cities are not available. Even highway connecting to other cities are closed to prevent people from travelling in and out of the cities.
  • Therefore, how does this impact inspection company’s operation in China.
  1. Due to the country area location – some factories are located at a far remote area and if cross cities traveling are required but due to the restriction in terms of transportation, inspectors are not able to travel to conduct the inspection.
  2. Due to the mandate rule that Beijing has imposed – When inspectors are arranged to travel beyond their own city and to neighboring city to conduct inspection and when they return, they will need to do a self 14 days quarantine. This will affect the inspection company operation in terms of allocating manpower.

What is happening now in China due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Generally, China Government is gradually lifting its restriction in terms of transportation, highway usage between cities so that people can start to travel for work.
  • China government had advised of the 2nd batch of indoor quarantine which ends on the 20th February to try to contain the spread.
  • Some of the companies and business have also gradually started operation but most are still operating from home.
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How many days in advance should I book the service with my third-party inspection company to guarantee availability of auditor?

Inspection Related Services – Branding Manufacturing Services requires at least 2 working days to guarantee availability of auditors.

Factory Audit Related Services – Branding Manufacturing Services requires at least 5 working days to guarantee availability of auditors.

Anything less, Branding Manufacturing Services will work its best to schedule.

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When is a good time that I book inspection services or factory audit related services with my third-party inspection company?

Once you have placed an order with your supplier/factory, this is so that the third-party inspection company is able to constantly do follow up with your supplier/factory to prevent any delays.

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How many days does it take to book an inspection/factory audit?

Inspection Related Services – at least 2 working days’ notice

Factory Audit Related Services – at least 5 working days’ notice

Anything less, Branding Manufacturing Services will work its best to schedule.

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How can I book an inspection with Branding Manufacturing Services?

There are 2 ways to get in contact with us:

  1. Drop an email to info@brandingmservices.com with PO details (omit sensitive information), specification and factory information and we will follow up with you within 24hours of each request.
  2. Get in touch with your dedicated Brand Manager (if there is an Brand Manager assigned to your account) by sending him/her an email with PO details (omit sensitive information), specification and factory information.
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What information do I need to provide to get started with inspection related services or factory audit related services?

Inspection Related Services:

  1. PO details (omit sensitive information such as price)
  2. Specification/picture
  3. Factory address and factory personnel contact details
  4. At which stages do you want to have this conducted (Pre-Shipment, During Production or Production Monitoring)
  5. Sending your supplier/factory an introduction email informing that Branding Manufacturing Services will be in touch with them for inspection related services

Factory Audit Related Services:

  1. Type of Services (Social Compliance, ISO9001, SMETA or Supplier Evaluation)
  2. Additional information that you wish to know (any information that you would like to check in addition to supplier evaluation)
  3. Factory address and factory personnel contact details
  4. Sending your supplier/factory an introduction email informing that Branding Manufacturing Services will be in touch with them
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How soon can I expect to get any answers from Branding Manufacturing Services?

For any of your inquiries, emails gets send to Branding Manufacturing Services, we would get back to you within the same day, considering the time differences between countries you would expect to get your our response within 24 hours.

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How soon can I get the report for inspection related service/factory audit related service?

Inspection Related Service: Branding Manufacturing Services provides same day reporting for inspection related services; the report would be available and issued within 3 to 6 hours after the completion of the service on-site.

Factory Audit related services: The report would be issued within 5 working days. In any special cases that would cause delay in the reporting, your appointed Brand Manager would advise you in advance.

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How to Read AQL Chart

AQL chart consists of 2 pages:

Let’s say for example in a shipment, there is an order of 3,000 pcs. In the table below, you can see how many sample sizes would be drawn for inspection based on GI, GII, GIII to S1 – S4.

If the AQL are 0/2.5/4.0, the Ac and Re numbers will be as below tables:

An example to show you how to read the AQL chart. Please contact us for more details.

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