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Why Every Company Should Use Environmental Auditing

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 16 Nov 2017

Manufacturing in the 21st Century has brought about some ugly truths about the way in which many retail brands produced their products, from the amount of CO2 emissions released to the way in which manufacturers dispose of waste. Today, environmental auditing is not a mandatory practice for retail brands, so is it even necessary? 

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems, Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit

A Factory Quality Audit Checklist To Ease Supplier Selection

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 9 Nov 2017

Household goods manufacturing and supply chain operations often are vulnerable to many violations in compliance and regulation, and has left many retailers pleading that they were unaware of any violations. Today, this is no longer acceptable, but a factory audit will help to address these challenges head on.

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit

What Are Some Of The Most Common Reasons For Quality Audit Failure?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 7 Nov 2017

Unethical or morally gray manufacturing practices are not uncommon for many factories across the globe, most commonly situated in third world or developing countries, for their cheaper manufacturing options. The figures, from the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, show 24.9 million people across the world were trapped in forced labour for 2016. These cheaper conditions translate into unregulated conditions with little to no regulation and monitoring of working conditions, most of them horrific.

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit

Do You Know The Purposes of Your Factory Quality Audit?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 6 Nov 2017

The state of retail has recently seen an increase in supply chain pressure from retail giants like Amazon that are increasing the pace at which supply chains need to operate.

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems, Quality Management Systems, Quality Audit