Supplier Quality Management Posts

Supplier Quality Maturity: Ideas that Will Motivate You to Move to the Next Level

Supplier Quality Maturity: Ideas that Will Motivate You to Move to the Next Level

Roxane Napoli, Senior Marketing Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Recently, Pilgrim co-sponsored a webinar with LNS Research titled “Supercharge Supplier Quality Management for Competitive Advantage.” During the webinar, Dan Jacobs, LNS Research Analyst, provided many insightful data points from his recent research and made the case for focusing on and advancing supplier quality maturity.

The data is clear…and compelling. Almost every organization can achieve significant gains by improving supplier quality management processes and maturity. If you haven’t watched the webinar, you can access it here and see the data for yourself.
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Sample, Skip and Switch – The Basics of Risk-based Incoming Inspection

Sample, Skip and Switch – The Basics of Risk-based Incoming Inspection

Roxane Napoli, Marketing Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

You’re probably conducting incoming inspections today but if you aren’t taking a risk-based approach, chances are you’re performing inspections you don’t need to do and possibly overlooking the items which need to be inspected most.  Implementing a risk-based sampling system helps you spend less time and less money inspecting high-quality raw materials when you are already confident that they are good. You’re also able to pinpoint poorly performing raw materials and suppliers based on their inspection state. (more…)

Supplier Quality Tools – How the Right Technology Improves Supplier Quality Management

Supplier Quality Tools – How the Right Technology Improves Supplier Quality Management

Matthew Littlefield, President & Principal Analyst, LNS Research

This article is part 2 of a 2-part supplier quality management series. The first article can be found here.

As was stated in the last blog post of this series, challenges to life sciences organizations are substantial, and poised to grow as time moves on. From one direction, life sciences companies are facing stiff competition within industry, which is putting pressures on speed of delivery and quality expectations. From another direction, the industry is battling with the tightening grip of government regulations, which is demanding higher proof of documentation and specification, with increased (and potentially devastating) penalties for noncompliance. Moreover, the industry itself, in large part as a response to these pressures, is rapidly transitioning to a distributed model of production to improve efficiencies across the product development lifecycle. (more…)

Leadership’s Role in Improving Supplier Quality Management in Life Sciences

Leadership’s Role in Improving Supplier Quality Management in Life Sciences

Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst, LNS Research

The demands on quality organizations are rising across the board, but perhaps none as quickly or urgently as in the life sciences industries. While increased competition and the need to innovate certainly aren’t unique circumstances for life sciences, the level of scrutiny from regulatory agencies and the rapidly evolving nature of the supplier network are, placing an incredible burden on elevating supplier quality management capabilities. (more…)

QMS: Pain Management for Supply Chain Management

QMS: Pain Management for Supply Chain Management

Sandy Carson, Marketing Communications Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Supply chain management is tougher than it used to be. In just about every industry, it seems OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) are increasingly outsourcing once-traditional in-house functions, adding geographical distance and other external variables to the supply chain. This, of course, adds complexity to the process stream and requires manufacturers to have a pretty high “chain” tolerance as the likelihood that something will go wrong and quality will be compromised grows greater. (more…)

Do You Want to Improve Your Supplier Quality Management Process Today? Here are the Places to Start

Do You Want to Improve Your Supplier Quality Management Process Today? Here are the Places to Start

Roxane Napoli, Marketing Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Cost of quality, defect rates, and customer complaints can often be tied back to a common cause – poor supplier quality. Supplier-related defects are the most costly and difficult to correct, which is why managing supplier quality properly is incredibly important.

Your organization depends on you to ensure that suppliers are providing high quality materials in a timely manner. This means that you need to filter through a complex and potentially global web of suppliers, and understand where potential problems are occurring (or where they may occur in the future). So let’s take a look at some process improvements that will help you hone in on your most important suppliers and manage their quality activities for maximum impact. (more…)

Monitoring Supplier Performance throughout the Product Life Cycle

Knowing your suppliers is as important as knowing the resources themselves. If you have a product defect, it doesn’t matter if it was a supplier’s fault or your own – the only thing the public will see and react to is your product and brand. Ouch. It pays to keep a tight control on supplier management.

The first step in understanding suppliers is through an evaluation and acceptance process. What are their business systems? Are they financially stable? What does Dunn & Bradstreet have to say about them? What percent of their sales is the product or resource you need? If it’s not substantial, will that affect the quality? (more…)

So Now That the Food Safety Bill Has Passed, What’s Next?

On January 5, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed into law by President Obama.  The new legislation gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to recall tainted food, quarantine geographical areas and access food producers’ records. According to the FDA, the burden of foodborne illness is considerable.  Every year, 1 out of 6 people in the United States — 48 million people — suffers from foodborne illness, more than a hundred thousand are hospitalized, and thousands die. So what does the new legislation mean to food processing companies and manufacturers now? (more…)

Are They Just Pulling Our (Supply) Chain?

The FDA, Congress, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Justice. These and countless other regulatory bodies are more proactively evaluating the potential risk and liability to our country’s goods and products; and as we’ve seen, the sharing of information among these regulatory bodies is leading to more cohesive enforcement activities with the continuous goal of protecting the consumer. (more…)

Supplier Quality Management Software is Key for Business

Supplier quality monitoring and management is a critical activity for any large company. By keeping a close watch on the performance of the companies you do business with, you can quickly and efficiently diagnose problems in your supply chain, and streamline the flow of goods that keeps your business alive.

Supplier quality management software helps automate the process of tracking the cost of poor supplier quality. A well-made supplier quality software product will also provide ways of logging complaints, corrective actions taken, and several other related types of information. (more…)