Supplier quality refers to a supplier or vendor’s ability to deliver goods or services that meet customer needs. To ensure supplier quality, you need to follow a supplier quality management process that takes a proactive and collaborative approach. Every business owner should ensure that they are receiving the highest quality products and services according to agreed-upon requirements. Using a supplier quality management system allows you to routinely monitor supply chains and audit materials and services.
Your supplier quality management responsibilities start in the product design and supplier selection process. Supplier performance and quality management include the costs of transactions, communication, and problem resolution, the reliability of supplier delivery, and the supplier’s internal policies.
The benefits of a proper supplier quality management process.
Businesses used to work with multiple suppliers of the same raw material to avoid running out of stock, or as a price negotiating tactic. Over time this practice has shifted to focus on long-term, partnership-oriented arrangements with a small number of suppliers. Maintaining supplier partnerships means less variation in process inputs and a reduced need for routinely monitoring the supply chain.
The vendor you choose to partner with is a representation of your company. Make sure you communicate your quality control standards and methodologies with your vendor to ensure they deliver a level of quality consistent with your brand. Communicating your standards helps the vendor provide a consistent quality product or service.
Most companies operate a number of different systems that contain important customer data, business data, and business KPIs like CRM’s and ERP’s. This leads to data silos which can result in duplicated, incomplete, and disjointed information. Master data, in combination with reference data and metadata, is an organizational data asset. Master Data Management programs ensure that all of your shared data, or master data, is consistent and accurate. Master data drives business processes, evaluated by analytics, and controlled through governance processes.
There are several benefits of Master Data Management (MDM). It provides a centralized source of reliable and complete key master data that can increase revenue growth. MDM drives operational efficiencies, improves visibility and control over business processes, and manages relationships. MDM can also optimize your supply chain, help you identify and act on insights faster, improve the customer experience, and improve regulatory compliance.
How to choose a quality vendor.
You should have a team of representatives from different departments with technical/application knowledge of the product or service to make a collective choice. There are several vendor and supplier selection criteria to keep in minds such as previous experience and past performance, the sophistication of the quality system, financial stability, ability to meet capacity requirements, and total cost assessment.
There are plenty of methods to help you perform due diligence on how well a vendor or supplier fits the selection criteria. You can obtain a publicly available financial report, request a formal quote that provides the supplier with specifications and other requirements, tour the production facility, get customer service feedback from other customers, and review industry databases or sources about the vendor or supplier.
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It’s important to continually measure and monitor your supplier or vendor’s performance. They are an extension of your company, which means it’s up to you to ensure the continued success of your company by managing the quality assurance of your vendors and suppliers.