Managing Supplier Compliance Requirements

A recent article posted to Supply Chain Digital “raises the point that all companies need to see evidence of suppliers’ own manufacturing and sourcing practices, particularly in health and safety, quality assurance and ethics.” Due to the risks involved, retailers, associations and others are increasingly refining supplier requirements. Organizations wanting …

Focus on Quality: Resources & Recommendations for World Quality Month

Inc. posted an article a few weeks ago that identified tips for becoming a billionaire.  And, it’s no surprise to us that each recommendation is either directly or indirectly related to quality. The following were cited as “insider success secrets:” Live well below your means. Focus on quality above everything. Think …

Support Manufacturing Education & Awareness on October 7th

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.” ~James Dyson We post this quote predictably each year as Manufacturing Day approaches.  This year, Manufacturing Day will be observed on October 7th. What is Manufacturing …

Avoiding Product Recalls

Over the years, we’ve had our share of inquiries related to organizations seeking to resolve a recall situation.  While many of these calls are reactive, a proactive approach is recommended to avoid the cost and overall impact to stakeholders. How can you avoid product recalls?  Know Product Safety Requirements –  Avoiding recalls …

Quality: It’s What’s Driving the Global Automotive Industry

A report issued by McKinsey & Company predicting trends up through 2020 in the global automotive industry identifies four challenges that will affect the industry’s growth.  With these four challenges in mind, we offer quality solutions that effectively hedge or otherwise prepare those working within the industry. Complexity and cost …

Quiz: How Passionate Are You About Quality?

Are you a Quality Aficionado? Use the Likert-type scale below to answer the 20 questions, and then total up your score.   Strongly Disagree>  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  <Strongly Agree You notice non-conformances in products when you go shopping. You may or may not speculate …