Consulting & Research
Consulting & Research
We’ve seen a thing or two in the last decade, helping SMEs manufacture products in China, Vietnam, and India. Our Hong Kong-based team is ready to help you with new manufacturing projects or improve your current processes.
What kind of consulting and research services do you offer?
While we have a range of standardized solutions and services, such as the Starter Package, we often receive requests that fall outside that scope. As such, we also offer customized consulting and research services.
Here are some examples:
- Product design and specifications
- Sourcing and material procurement strategy
- Eco-friendly and sustainable materials strategy
- Quality improvement strategy
- Product compliance support
Example A: Quality Issues
A European fashion brand had persistent quality issues that had to be resolved urgently. We identified the root cause of their quality issues and implemented a new quality assurance strategy that helped them reduce their defect rate immediately.
- Identify the root causes of their quality issues
- Create new quality control checklists
- Implement a quality assurance strategy
- Identify a new third party quality inspection partner in Asia
- Calculate total quality assurance implementation cost
Example B: Eco-Friendly Materials
We helped a US accessories brand to manufacture certain components using recycled plastic, thus improving their brand image by reducing their ecological footprint. This involved sourcing material suppliers in Europe, and work out how the supply chain, from plastic granule to injection molding in China, would work out.
- Identify recycled plastic suppliers
- Identify injection mold suppliers in China
- Research how the supply chain from EU to China would work
- Cost calculation
Example C: CPSIA Compliance
A company planned to start selling a new textile children’s product on Amazon.com. This requires CPSIA compliance, which we helped them understand by guiding them through the following steps:
- Creating a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC)
- Creating a CPSIA tracking label
- Lab test booking help
We also presented them with the official CPSC templates to ensure that they can create their own documentation and label files in the future, while also booking lab tests directly from our partner.
Example D: Product Design & Specification
Entrepreneurs often approach us with a product idea, but without the in-house expertise to turn that idea into the design drawings and material specifications a supplier needs to offer quotations and make pre-production samples.
In these cases, we help our customers get the files needed to get ready for manufacturing:
- Design drawings
- Bill of materials
- Packaging design
- Label and logo files
- Size charts
Note that we don’t provide design services in-house. However, we have a network of design freelancers, and often identify designers on a case to case basis for our clients.
Do you charge per hour or a fixed price?
We normally charge a fixed price based on a set of milestones and clearly defined deliverables. As such, both parties know exactly what to expect. Our rates are highly competitive as we primarily work with startups and small to medium-sized enterprises.