Factory Visits

At EDS International, our objective of conducting a factory visit is to gain firsthand knowledge and insights into the operations, capabilities, and overall suitability of a factory based on your specific requirements. The purpose is to assess various aspects of the factory and its processes to help you make informed decisions regarding sourcing or partnership opportunities.

Our Factory Visit Process involves a comprehensive assessment conducted by our experienced sourcing engineers. This process focuses on evaluating key aspects such as:

  • Quality Assessment: Our sourcing engineer will carefully evaluate the quality standards maintained by the factory. This includes examining their quality control processes, adherence to industry standards and certifications, and the overall commitment to producing high-quality products.
  • ERP System Evaluation: It helps determine the factory's ability to manage various processes, streamline operations, and facilitate accurate tracking of materials, inventory, and production data.
  • Organization Structure Analysis: This includes evaluating the hierarchy, division of responsibilities, and communication channels to ensure an efficient workflow and effective decision-making processes.
  • Product Range Assessment: The sourcing engineer will review the factory's product range, analyzing the variety, complexity, and customization options available. This evaluation helps assess the factory's capability to meet your specific product requirements.
  • Capacity Evaluation: This ensures the manufacturer can meet your demand. This includes analyzing their production capabilities, available resources, and capacity planning processes, in addition, evaluating its manufacturing processes, equipment, technology adoption, and overall efficiency in converting raw materials into finished products.
  • On-time Delivery Performance Review: Reviewing the factory's on-time delivery performance ensures reliable adherence to delivery deadlines, which is crucial for smooth business operations.
  • Competitiveness Analysis: Evaluating factors such as business strategy, product price level, product quality, innovation, customer service, and the factory's ability to adapt to market demands.

The outcome of this service is a comprehensive report, which includes:

Complete factory profile

Products currently produced

Quality certifications & business license

Photos of the factory building, production workshop and warehouse

Assessment reports


  • Expert Sourcing Engineers: Our team consists of highly skilled and experienced sourcing engineers who specialize in factory assessments, they act as your boots-on-the-ground personnel. They possess in-depth knowledge and expertise in evaluating various aspects of a factory, enabling them to provide valuable insights and recommendations.
  • Comprehensive Assessment: We conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment during the factory visit.
  • Quality Assurance: We prioritize quality throughout the factory visit process. Our sourcing engineers carefully assess the factory's quality control processes, ensuring that they adhere to industry standards and certifications. This ensures that the factory can consistently deliver high-quality products.
  • Objective Evaluation: We provide an unbiased and objective evaluation of the factory's capabilities. Our sourcing engineers conduct assessments based on predetermined criteria and standards, ensuring fairness and accuracy in the evaluation process.
  • Customized Approach: We tailor the factory visit and assessment process to meet your specific requirements and objectives. We understand that each client has unique needs, and we adapt our approach accordingly to ensure the assessment aligns with your goals.

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Our comprehensive Sourcing Management Services offer a strategic gateway to optimizing your sourcing endeavors. Central to this comprehensive approach is our Vendor Identification service, seamlessly aligned with a spectrum of pivotal phases. From supporting the request for quotation process and discerningly selecting suppliers to arranging insightful factory visits, skillfully negotiating prices, ensuring product excellence through meticulous inspections, and managing the logistics of your business; our service encapsulates the full spectrum of your sourcing journey. This integrated strategy not only enhances efficiency but also elevates your potential for success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us

We can source any type of product from commodity items to customized parts and components. However, our main areas of expertise are industrial parts and components. Check our products and projects section to see some examples.

Do you represent any factory or manufacturer?

We are a supplier-independent global sourcing company, and we never take commission from manufacturers. Our mission is to find your ideal supplier and ensure they deliver according to your specs and requirements. We act as your overseas purchasing office and quality department on every deal.

Is China the only country you source from?

We have cultivated a strong on-the-ground presence, fostering local language proficiency and cultural insight in key regions including Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, and the United States. As our network continuously grows, if your desired alternative to China is not listed above, we are committed to transparently discussing our capabilities and limitations to work collaboratively with you.

I am a startup company and need to develop a new product. How can you help me?

We can support you from the initial concept stage through to prototyping and eventually oversee mass production. We have a qualified team of R&D, product development engineers, and product optimization engineers who can help you to bring your new ideas to life.

Do you have a catalog of the products you source?

We are not a trading company and do not specialize in the sale of specific consumer products or commodities. Our core expertise lies in supply chain and procurement outsourcing, with a dedicated focus on sourcing and developing products tailored to the unique specifications of each client within emerging markets. Learn more about our services here

What kind of businesses do you work with?

We collaborate with a diverse range of businesses, spanning from small enterprises to multinational corporations, seeking to acquire goods and services from emerging markets either for export purposes or to support their local operations.

How is confidential information protected?

In the initiation of any partnership, the initial protocol involves the execution of a legally binding non-disclosure agreement. Through this agreement, both parties commit to refraining from the sale or disclosure of confidential information pertaining to our client's products.

We access the companies we work with, and ensure that all signed a non-disclosure agreement.

How much is your procurement service fee?

We provide a scalable service fee based on each client's purchasing volume which can either be calculated as a percentage of order value or as a fixed product price.

How can I get started?

Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Please ensure to provide as much information about your product including but not limited to specifications, drawings, monthly or annual volume and packaging details. The more detailed information you provide, the faster we can move forward with your required services and help you reduce your costs.

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