Supply chain management basics

I recently stumbled on a series of videos produced by Arizona State University and the W.P Carey School of Business’ Department of Supply Chain Management (ASU-WPC-SCM) relating to the basics of SCM.  While basic in nature, the series is well organized and appears to piece together SCM quite well.  As a refresher, I think these videos are excellent idea generators. There are twelve modules, with topics ranging from social responsibility, manufacturing & operations, logistics and metrics.  Module eleven relates to quality management and is quite succinct.  

Aerosonic’s journey to all things lean…

An open invitation recently went out via the ASQ Tampa-St. Petersburg LinkedIn Group regarding an upcoming APICS meeting that would include a plant tour of Aerosonic Corporation.  I grew up with Aerosonic right around the corner, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to poke around and learn more about they do. It turns out that Aerosonic Corporation has been making “gizmos for airplanes” for over fifty years.  More specifically, their product lines include integrated cockpit displays, sensors, probes, digital and mechanical standby displays. “With its well-established industry presence, Aerosonic maintains long-standing relationships with nearly every major aircraft manufacturer worldwide.” Personally, …

Remembering ASQ’s World Conference on Quality & Improvement

The American Society for Quality posted this to Facebook today, and I couldn’t help but reminisce my own experience at the show earlier this year.  More information from my time at the conference is noted in my blog.  The passion ASQ members have for their industries and quality, in general, was inspiring, and it makes me very proud to participate as a global voice for quality.  I’m hoping to see everyone again in Anaheim next year!  

How do you select the right suppliers?

Selecting suppliers is undoubtedly one of the most challenging tasks organizations contend with.  Between finding, evaluating and selecting suppliers that will meet existing needs with room to grow doesn’t have to be an arduous process.  While requirements do vary greatly depending on industry, company size, demand, etc., the process of supplier selection can be simplified using a general road map that reduces much of the risks and cost. So, how do you select the right suppliers? Evaluate your needs– Where supplier selection and most other things are concerned, planning is key.  Organizations need to carefully evaluate the internal and external factors that …

Global Sources China & India Sourcing Fair (Dubai)

Bruno Singier, Pro QC’s Marketing Manager for Europe and Asia, and Ruei Chen traveled to Dubai earlier this month for the Global Sources China and India Sourcing Fair.  The show was held between May 31st and June 2nd at the International Convention and Exhibition Center. Our booth was well located, at the main entrance of Hall 8 and opposite the Global Sources booth.  Bruno reported consistent traffic and had an opportunity to speak with many companies from the Emirates and other Middle-East countries.  He also noted several companies were from India/Pakistan and Europe. For a schedule of upcoming shows, visit …