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Quality Vs Compliance: The Case For Supply Chain Synergy

Posted by François Deudon on 22 Jun 2017

The age old debate of quality vs compliance or compliance over quality is something that we still wrestle with today.

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Compliance

Shipment Stuck In Customs? 7 Step Checklist To Avoid Import Delays

Posted by François Deudon on 14 Jun 2017

As a professional importer, a dreaded shipment delay is likely something that keeps you up all night and keeps you pacing the office all day.

Topics: Procurement

3 Tips to Improve Product Compliance with Good Supplier Relationships

Posted by François Deudon on 12 Jun 2017

Importer/supplier relationships matter. The way importers of old dealt with their suppliers has indeed come a long way from the humble medium of email correspondence.

Topics: Supplier Relationship Management

How do professional importers ensure product compliance?

Posted by François Deudon on 2 Jun 2017

A higher turnover, a broader customer base, expansion into new markets, favorable financing opportunities, hiring talented personnel and increasing brand awareness are among the myriad of things that the prospect of a growing company promises.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Compliance

What no one tells you about Christmas tree testing procedures

Posted by Pierre Flament on 29 May 2017

Christmas, a very special holiday celebrated all around the world, a sacred time spent with family and friends, houses adorned with traditional decorations and illuminated in a splendor of colors, all leading up to the childlike anticipation of Christmas day, the gifts, the food and the wine!

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems, Testing

How do regional retail brands ensure supply chain compliance

Posted by François Deudon on 22 May 2017

As a retailer, it is crucial to know your supplier and to agree upon a set of standards before signing any contract with them. Not knowing your supplier can be detrimental to your brand's credibility.

Topics: Supply Chain Management

10 things you will learn from a third party quality provider

Posted by François Deudon on 18 May 2017

Do you feel that no matter how much you plan, the maze of complex logistics is always catching up with you? Successfully running your quality systems is key to the success of your entire operation.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance Systems

How purchasing departments benefit from better quality management systems

Posted by François Deudon on 16 May 2017

The harshest judge of the quality of a product is your customers. As a households goods quality manager, it is your responsibility to ensure the systems and procedures you have in place, run as smoothly and effectively as possible. In this blog post, we look at the role of a quality manager and the benefits of adopting quality management systems as a part of your supply chain strategy.

Topics: Quality Management Systems

Supply chain management system that global retailers use to better manage their supply chains

Posted by François Deudon on 12 May 2017

Global retailers have large complex supply chains, to efficiently manage these they have to adopt a variety of tools and software to ensure an effective supply management system.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Quality Management Systems

Quality assurance systems that can be optimized for supply chain efficiency

Posted by François Deudon on 10 May 2017

Do you need to optimize your current quality assurance systems? Are you unsure of how to get started? Determining the current position of your quality systems may be a difficult one to get your head around with complex procedures to analyze and the newest technology that is just too expensive to get your hands on...

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems