Tag: audit

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 …

What’s a Living Wage?

A question that comes up often when sourcing abroad is determining what the living wage is and how well suppliers stack up. Article 23 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and for his family an existence worthy of human dignity.” And, it’s even noted that Plato and Aristotle discussed the concept as they both argued for “an income that considers needs, particularly those that ensure the communal good.” How are Living Wages calculated? “A living wage is the minimum income necessary for a …

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 generally starts with product design and specification development. Due diligence is required to determine if any applicable testing is required depending on the market in which it will be sold. Contacting a testing lab for a general inquiry is worth the time and effort. Researching ANSI and ASTM standards is …

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 pressure Diverging markets Digital demands Shifting industry landscape “To capture future growth and find profit from these challenges – and to mitigate their risks – OEMs cannot simply turn to their traditional toolbox. They need to review and adjust their strategic priorities, deploy the appropriate investments and resources, and develop new …