Guide to Importing

Guide to Importing

Experienced refurbishment companies have the skills and creativity to deliver diversified outsourcing labor services. They can be very helpful in alleviating production overload during a company's peak season, especially when many shipments are coming into port and a merchandise problem arises. Most clients need their projects corrected immediately, as in "yesterday," so they're always up against the clock. Hence, after a client realizes it may have a problem, it contacts the refurbishment company and sends a sample along with specifications. A rapid response team devises a plan for corrective action, while a cost analysis and time audit are calculated.

How do you know what to look for, you ask? Here is some information to help you choose the right company for your needs. The refurbishment company should develop quality assurance teams in its facility that involve inspectors, auditors, seamstresses, dry-cleaners or other repair experts that provide services and many types of refurbishments, such as the following:

• Inspections/Audits: Military A.Q.L. (Acceptable Quality Level) 4.0% and 100% inspections that include single sampling plans, lot size, sample size and accept and reject rates;

• Repairs: sewing repairs/alterations, spot/stain cleaning, sew-in-label changes, button replacements, mold/mildew removal, odor removal, steam pressing, dry-cleaning/laundering, refinishing of leather goods, fixing of broken parts;

• Reworks: re-marking cartons, re-ticketing/re-labeling, sorting, packaging/re-packaging, "pass-thru distribution" (where they can save companies freight and time by sending completed projects straight to the client);

• Total Destruction: destroying counterfeit merchandise or defective merchandise that can't be repaired.

Many refurbishment companies have employees with years of experience and skills in solving these issues on a daily basis. They also stock the essential tools and repair machinery necessary to perform repairs,...

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