In China sourcing, selecting the right supplier takes time and organization.
But screening out a supplier may just take as long as 5 minutes on site. There are a range of “red flags” and “deal breaker” signs that do not suffer any doubt.
One of the clear deal breakers is when the Chinese supplier owner puts more money in his and his family’s cars then in his factory.
The skills, attitude and values of China supplier’s owners and managers play a very important role on the company’s quality and reliability. (see “Evaluate the quality of your supplier’s management”)
Chinese organizations are very hierarchical. If the top is not good, the rest will follow.
Moreover there is a large wealth difference between a few at the top of the factory and the rest of the staff. Top management’s attitude will greatly define how motivated or unmotivated workers and employees are toward continuous improvement.
Why a worker paid USD 3 or 5000 per year would be motivated to improve his work if the profit generated by his hard work go straight in an orange sport car?