Before shipment, waiting until the last minute in order to inspect products packed in the sealed containers risks checking the sample size which is smaller than the required size. Therefore, the result of the quality inspection loses its reliability. So you want to know the reason and what are its solutions?
What is sealed packaging?
The sealed package comprises the product packaging in a certain way that cannot be opened without breaking or tempering the package. Also, it is called a packaging display and it is a marketing tool for selling a good on the shelves in stores.
Risks related to the product inspection with the sealed packaging
At the time of product quality inspection before shipment, you should inspect the packed products. It means that in cases where products are sealed, the quality analyst will have to break the packaging in order to inspect the goods.
In such situations, suppliers tend to refuse to temper the sealed packaging of most of the products. One of the most common justification involves a shortage of inventory. I addition to this, they will also claim that they can replace only a few pieces. In fact, the sealed packaging is personalized by the design of customers. It is customary for the supplier so as to require sufficient quantity in order to wrap the required products with a few additional pieces (the objective is to reduce costs everywhere).
Therefore, quality checking is obliged in order to inspect goods on a much smaller sample size which affects the result of testing. Only sealed packaging boxes of goods and export cartons can be correctly verified.
Quality analysis is affected by the functionality and quality of the product and its compliance with the needs of the buyer in cases where the quality control can only examine a small size of the sample.
Solutions to avoid those risks
You should inform the supplier in advance of the inspection conditions. At the time of order confirmation, your supplier must be informed that a pre-shipment inspection service will be conducted. In addition to this, it should be clearly required to prepare an adequate quantity of additional sealed packages for re-packaging of the products after the inspection process. It is best to give precise quantities by stating the sample size to be inspected carefully in order to avoid any misunderstanding.
You should also keep this in mind that some suppliers may suggest keeping some loose goods for quality control for the inspection purpose. This means that the product inspection samples are chosen by your factory instead of QC. It would lead to a conflict of interest. Your brand reliability will be affected by these inspection results.
Inspect during production
Specifically, a plethora of inspections should be carried out during the production, before the goods are packaged. It will allow for timely corrective action and the risk reduction in the event that the supplier refuses to examine the correct sample size in the pre-shipment inspection although this particular solution is less reliable.