SOURCING & PROCUREMENT
In this digital age with platforms like Alibaba, it's easy for buyers and sellers to connect and trade but the results can be a hit or miss.
Interestingly, it’s not uncommon for brands to place production orders with factories that they’ve never stepped foot in. Now that's risky business.
Working directly with factories can be a time consuming and tedious job. Miscommunication and lack of attention to details by both parties often lead to mistakes.
At Huttlin Pedelecs, we can tell you that it is really important to know the factory and people that you're working with and to confirm every detail (no matter how trivial) before you start production to avoid mistakes that could increase costs and cause delays. It is always a good idea to have someone on the ground to keep an eye on the production process to ensure your order is handled professionally and efficiently.
We understand how your team needs to stay focused on the sales and marketing at home, so let us be your sourcing/procurement team in China. We give you a transparent picture of what’s going on here at the factory and we keep an eye on things to ensure that production goes smoothly and on-schedule.
QUALITY CONTROL - PRE- AND POST ASSEMBLY INSPECTION
You've chosen a factory that you'd like to work with, you've ordered and inspected a sample, finalised the specifications you wanted, negotiated out all the terms, and now you're ready to make a mass order.
Quality inspection is a necessary step in each production order to ensure that you're getting what you ordered.
We breakdown this QC step into 3 parts:
Part 1: Components check - Pre-assembly inspection
Once components have arrived to the factory, we do a check of all the parts to ensure that they are exactly as was ordered. And if not, then we reject them and get the correct parts ordered.
Why this is important: Once the parts have been assembled on a bike and if they are not the parts you ordered, chances are that the factory isn't going to disassemble the parts and re-order the right parts. It's best to get this part done before assembly takes place.
Part 2: Static and dynamic test - Post assembly inspection
The static test involves checks that can be done without riding the bike, while the dynamic test is a riding test.
Why this is important: The static test is important to see if the bike has been assembled correctly without damages to the parts while the dynamic riding test is critical to ensure the electric system functions well.
Part 3: Packaging check
We monitor and guide the factory on how the packaging of the bikes should be done to ensure that there are no damages during transport and we check that all parts are included in the bike box.
Why this is important: No customer wants to buy a new bike with a scratch or a dent. This is why packaging of a bike is not about putting as much protective material on the bike, its about protecting the areas of the bike that are at risk of getting crushed or rubbed during transport.
Packaging is a science.
We stand out through design
You’ve got a great idea for an e-bike design and want to bring it to life. We can help you out with that. An investment in R&D will not only give you a unique product, but also more control on quality in the design of the bike.
We evaluate your initial design: assess its production feasibility and its design strength through finite element analysis (FEA). Our design team will offer suggestions on possible improvements (we have a sharp eye for details) and we evaluate the total cost of the project together with you after the final design (mold cost, tooling, EN certification, samples and mass production).
Every client brings new inspiration to us and we’ve been fortunate to work with some highly innovative designers.
So take action today and make your design come true.