What Information Should You Evaluate for New Suppliers?


As a follow-up to an an article we posted to our blog earlier in the year, we wanted to go into more specifics regarding on-site supplier verification. It's not always cost-effective to do a comprehensive ISO based or general QMS audit for each supplier you're considering working with. But, there are basic questions looming that you need to make the right decisions. Start with a general business registration check. Is the supplier a legitimate business? Next, run a credit/financial check. Finally, another option for supplier verification is a basic on-site check. Information evaluated would include: Factory Information Type of ownership, address & contact information Production Capacity (Annual Basis) Category, total capacity, units shipped & % capacity Export Markets U.S., EU, South America, etc. & % volume Key Clients (Past Year) Name, product description & % volume Key Personnel Title, name, history & contact information Number of Employees Management, general office, production, quality, etc. List of Major Equipment (Machines) Description, model, quantity & condition List of Major Gages (Equipment) Description, accuracy, quantity & condition List of Sub-Contractors Name, process & location Photos assist in the process of evaluation as well. Contact us for additional information: http://proqc.com/contact-proqc One of our older blog posts that may be of interest is the use of a grid analysis for supplier selection. The categories listed above would help in deciding important variables and respective weights. http://www.mastercontrol.com/supplier_management/Grid-Analysis-Simplified-Supplier-Selection.html

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