World Trade Month Wrap-Up

World Trade Month is observed each year in May.  The objective of this recognition is to create awareness, identify trends and drive market opportunities. World Integrated Trade Solutions offers extensive data related to world trade.  The same site offers interesting visualization options such as the word cloud referenced below. In a …

Verifying Suppliers… What You Want To Know

As a follow-up to an an article we posted in March, we wanted to go into more specifics regarding on-site supplier verification. As noted, 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 …

Top 5 Best Practice Tips: Implementing or Transitioning to ISO 9001:2015

–Guest blog post by Robert Jasper– The well known magazine manufacturingnews.com and the Dallas Business Journal indicate that 85% of ISO registered firms report external benefits like higher perceived quality, greater customer demand, better market differentiation, greater employee awareness, increased operational efficiency, and reduced scrap expense. Results like 30% reduction in customer claims, …

Quality Humor

In observance of National Humor month, we wanted to share a few of our favorite quality-related cartoons…                    

Supplier Selection & Management: What You Need To Know

Our latest quarterly newsletter Feature Article discussed strategic supplier selection. Due to the response we’ve had, we wanted to follow-up on our blog. We were surprised to discover many of our newsletter subscribers didn’t know a variety of options existed for gaining additional assurances when going through the supplier selection …

Pallets from China can pose risks to supply chains

For this post, we welcome a friend to the Pro QC team, Daniel M. Krassenstein, as a guest blogger.   Many U.S. importers regard procurement cost and pallet vendor selection as the shippers’ burden, but this is risky and exposes an importer to severe supply chain disruptions should their pallets not be …

Welcome Year of the Monkey – Preparing for Chinese New Year

Anyone involved in sourcing from China has likely been preparing for Chinese New Year for several weeks.  The “new year,” also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar.  The festivities usually start the day before the new year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the …