The Value of Expediting in Supplier Development

It’s not uncommon for us to receive calls and emails related to issues organizations are having with expediting orders, either from new or existing suppliers. By expediting, the assumption is that a delivery date or other expectation has been provided, but is not being met. Reasons for delays in production might include: New sub supplier Equipment issues Key staff turnover or other lack of resources Packaging issues Larger orders from other clients taking a priority Whatever the reason(s) might be, communication can quickly become an additional layer of complexity as the supplier continues to assure the buyer that all is …

The U.S. – China Trade War Creates Demand for Sourcing Diversification

Written by: Alexander Parker, Account Manager (Tampa, FL) Pro QC International works with businesses to develop and maintain their quality programs. Many of these clients have their primary suppliers based in China. Due to recent trade escalations between the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, U.S. corporations are finding ways to adapt and avoid extra costs as the tensions continue to escalate. Some prominent U.S. companies have already directly indicated that the U.S.-implemented tariffs will force them to pass down higher costs to customers and revise their earnings forecast downward. However, there is an alternate solution to …

The Importance of Vision & Values to Quality

Within the body of knowledge of many quality and other industry certifications, such as ASQ’s Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, there is a focus on strategic planning and the successful creation and integration of a unified vision and values. Per ASQ: The vision statement is future focused and paints a vivid picture of where you would like the organization to be or what you would like it to accomplish in the long term. Values reflect core behaviors or guiding principles that guide the actions of employees as they execute plans to achieve the mission and vision. Benefits: A clear vision helps …

Preventing Product Diversion

Written by: Jean Champlain, Supplier Development Manager Just when you think you’ve made it through the most difficult challenges in the supply chain, another problem often catches people by surprise.  It’s product diversion. Product diversion is when an unauthorized party sells a product outside of authorized distribution channels. It is an increasing practice and one that presents a serious hurdle to profits. The way these unauthorized retailers and e-commerce sites obtain the products often involves reaching out to an authorized seller of the product. For example, many manufacturers have a signed contract with various salons or shops to exclusively sell …

Environmental Impacts & Solutions Within the Textile & Garment Industry

Written by: Stephen Moglia, Business Development Manager Sustainability, green fashion, circular economy: we hear and see those words almost everywhere now. They multiply with the growing interest of consumers and companies for the environmental impacts of the industry. In fact, the textile industry has become the second most polluting industry in the world, right after oil, as stated at the sixth edition of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last May. Globalised, complex, including a wide range of techniques, the textile industry affects the planet on many different levels, including very sensitive areas such as water, air pollution, chemicals, electricity consumption or …