Working with an overseas manufacturer can be a tricky business. It involves a lot of back-and-forth communication about product specifications, quality, and cost. Here are five strategies that can help you avoid the worst possible encounters with your manufacturer:

  1. Start by finding five potential manufacturers. The ideal situation would be receiving a referral but you can also find plenty of verified options with the  suppliers of Veritas Sourcing and our partners based out of India, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  2. Ask for an NDA. Asking for an NDA can help weed out suppliers who don’t always play by the rules.
  3. Pay attention to communication. As you work with these 5 potential suppliers take note of email response time. If you’re working with us, you won’t have to deal with delayed responses and language barriers.
  4. Make your decision. When you’ve narrowed your list to the final few, get serious about pricing and time commitments. Get it in writing.
  5. Quality control is key. Don’t rely on your manufacturer to ensure quality. Either visit yourself or hire a third party to inspect quality. Veritas has qualified American representatives in numerous locations doing all of the QC to ensure products are manufactured to specification. If your location is out of our scope, we can connect you to the right people to ensure your product arrives how you expect it to.

Hopefully these quick 5 tips can help you and your company as you explore the many sourcing opportunities available to you!