During a pre-shipment inspection, the nonconformities identified usually force the supplier to redesign or replace the products that the buyer refuses. However, the buyer should know that such a decision is risky. What are the risks of reworking or replacing products? What solutions are available to avoid them?
The risks of product redesign or replacement
Time is precious, and carrying out a product inspection only at the end of production through a pre-shipment inspection can lead to issues that are difficult to solve, especially when the goods need to be reworked or replaced.
Risks of product rework
Handling finished products can lead to new defects
There is no real guarantee that the supplier can improve them
Delivery is delayed by a few days
The risks of product replacement
There will be days / weeks of delivery times
Some suppliers ask for financial support because the replacement of products involves an additional cost of starting a new production. A long negotiation process sets in, resulting in a waste of time and money.
The benefits of inspection during production
If the buyer performs inspection during production in advance of the pre-shipment inspection, he could identify the defects in time, thus avoiding long negotiations with the supplier, while ensuring better cooperation from the supplier for the correction of non-conformities and / or defects.
Quality control during production limits the risk of production delays as well as a deterioration of the relationship with the supplier. The pre-shipment inspection turns out to be an additional service confirming the proper monitoring of production.