The world's largest business-to-business online trading site/wholesale marketplace, commonly used by small business owners.
Computer-aided design, which generates electronic files that are shared with a manufacturer.
International Council of Toy Industries, which has standards regarding toy manufacturing.
To contract out manufacturing or services to an external or foreign entity.
PMS, RGB and CMYK
Various terminology used for color. PMS (Pantone Matching System) is used to identify colors; RGB (Red Green Blue) is used for design on computers; and CMYB (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) is used in printing.
Pre-production and final production samples
Your product will go through multiple iterations before it goes into mass production. The pre-production samples are the ones that are used to go back and forth as you are refining your product; the final production sample is the one with the final mold, the final materials, and the final art.
An initiative passed by California voters in 1986 that requires that businesses provide labels and warnings in products that include certain chemicals. Prop 65 requires that the state publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list currently includes approximately 800 chemicals.
The system for continually checking products in each order to make sure that they meet expectations in terms of quality. In this context, it also means being familiar with the product yourself in order to make sure it meets expectations.