Moving Goods from A to B Nevada’s Logistics Industry is Strong
When imported merchandise arriving on the West Coast can’t be sold due to some type of problem, such as incorrect labeling, loose threads, minor damage and the like, Quality Corrections & Inspections (QCI), a company with a base in Henderson, resolves the issue, quickly returning the merchandise to first quality and the supply chain. In doing so, QCI mitigates the potential supply chain disruption and saves retailers the costs of merchandise that otherwise typically would get sold wholesale, liquidated or thrown out.
“Anybody that imports, it’s not a question of if they’re going to have a problem; it’s when. We’re the creative, problem-solving experts,” said Randy Burk, QCI’s executive vice president.
For example, when a retailer placed an initial order with a manufacturer in Vietnam for 100,000 various handbags and they got to the western U.S., the inadequate packaging presentation meant the retailer couldn’t sell the merchandise. QCI inspected all of the handbags and repackaged the ones that needed it, saving the batch for sale.
With facilities in Henderson and Pennsylvania, QCI’s logistics role is helping get companies’ products through the supply chain to consumers.
This inspection, repair and rework company began serendipitously on the East Coast in 1986 when Randy’s father Ron Burk, a shoe manufacturer, helped importers who received subpar merchandise from an overseas supplier. QCI extended its footprint to Southern Nevada in 2003 by adding its current 42,000 square foot location to serve companies importing goods via the West Coast ports of entry, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle and Houston.
QCI chose Southern Nevada for its favorable business and tax climate, available workforce, ease of getting merchandise in and out of the region and quality of life, Burk said.
Today, the company specializes in reworking and repairing shoes, apparel, accessories and consumer goods and serves manufacturers, importers, retailers and distributors. QCI’s growth at its Henderson location has been “pretty steady over the years,” he added, in large part due to the increasing number of companies that could use its services popping up in the area. QCI is one of a significant number of Nevada logistics firms that, in some way, contribute to the storage and movement of goods, services or information within a supply chain between origination and consumption. Logistics has burgeoned into one of the Silver State’s key industries, according to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).