13 December 2018

Wal-Mart to upgrade China supplier paper trail, Reuters says

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it will enhance quality control in China by ensuring its suppliers submit all necessary documentation before the products are sold at its outlets, Reuters news agency reported Tuesday. The retail giant made the pledge to upgrade its vendor compliance system after China Central Television alleged the company was circumventing its quality control process and fast-tracking some products with higher profit margins, the report said. The new procedures will require more documentation and make use of a computer-based system to help suppliers manage associated paperwork, according to a company statement. Documentation includes labels that accurately reflect ingredients, government test reports, China Compulsory Certificates, sample products or photographs, copies of manufacturing permits, details substantiating health claims and claims such as “organic” and “world-famous”, official barcodes and papers on intellectual property, the report added. 

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