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How Intrepid Sourcing Assured a Bouncy Quality Product for Party Works.

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With over 20 years of experience in the events industry, its creative events solutions are engaged by recognized brands in the U.S. for large-scale events, among them the ESPN X Games, an extreme sports competition often famously sponsored by Red Bull and the stunt show being broadcasted widely. The ESPN X Games is Party Works’ biggest client, so the events management – from planning phase to actual execution – had to be carried out seamlessly. As events coordinator, the company needed to set up a complementary attraction for the in-game audience, a fun interactive environment of giant inflatables, with big air mattresses and bouncy balls. These quite special items needed particular oversight and dedication for being affordably manufactured in China.

With over 20 years of experience in the events industry, its creative events solutions are engaged by recognized brands in the U.S. for large-scale events, among them the ESPN X Games, an extreme sports competition often famously sponsored by Red Bull and the stunt show being broadcasted widely. The ESPN X Games is Party Works’ biggest client, so the events management – from planning phase to actual execution – had to be carried out seamlessly. As events coordinator, the company needed to set up a complementary attraction for the in-game audience, a fun interactive environment of giant inflatables, with big air mattresses and bouncy balls. These quite special items needed particular oversight and dedication for being affordably manufactured in China.

The Challenge

The biggest challenge to Party Works was finding legitimate suppliers of inflatables in China producing items reliably. The ESPN X Games required high-quality inflatable items to be delivered on time, without any defective parts, otherwise, they can’t be inflated at all or won’t last long. This required a strict quality assurance program.

The Story

As a special events company, Party Works was meticulous with its important order, but lacked understandably the means to meet with potential suppliers in China, or verify their compliance with quality and product safety standards regularly during production. They had no prior experience sourcing products from China directly by themselves and the order wasn’t big enough or occurring regular, so that sending their own staff wasn’t worthwhile.

The Solution

The First Step

We evaluated suppliers based on workmanship and pricing, with preference for suppliers with the ability to implement pre-approved client designs at reasonable rates, without compromising product quality.

The Second Step

We created a custom production line, ensuring efficient production and final assembly. Our team conducted an in-person inspection of the inflatable products – extensively inspecting the stitching, quality of materials used and packaging – to ensure they are in excellent condition, without holes or defects.

The Last Step

We provided post-production logistics management with adherence to strict customs regulations, carefully monitoring in-transit inventories and their on-time shipment from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, to detect product defects and avoid delays.

The Outcome

Party Works impressed its biggest client and minimized the risks of sourcing from China. The ESPN X Games project proved to be a success – Party Works procured all the special inflatable items at a good and consistent quality, completing the installation of in-game audience attractions on time at reduced costs. The strict quality control measures also led to zero defect rates, which meant all items were in excellent working condition.

Intrepid Sourcing simplified the process of product sourcing from China for Party Works – from supplier review, product line set up to quality control and logistics management covering the whole supply chain – all while staying compliant with product costing and quality standards. With the burden of importing the inflatables set aside, Party Works was able to focus on what matters most: marketing and growing its exciting business.

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