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Case Study: Behind The Scenes Of A New CQI Strategy Roll-Out

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 21 Dec 2017

A CQI strategy should be adopted to provide you with a road map toward improvement of your supply chain activities. It should be designed in such a way that takes your retail brand through the process of data collection, data analysis and a continuous cycle of monitoring of activities for efficiency.

Topics: Quality Assurance Systems, Quality Management Systems

Does Your Retail Brand Have A CQI Strategy For The Festive Season?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 8 Dec 2017

The festive season is fast approaching and retail stores the world over are seeing an influx of people coming through their doors to purchase essential and luxury items. This time of the year is a very busy (and lucrative) time for most retail businesses, but it also presents an increase in supply chain pressure and demand that can lead to unsatisfied customers if quality becomes an issue.

Topics: Quality Management Systems

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

3 Types of Factory Quality Audits Your Retail Brand Needs Today

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 8 Nov 2017

Many retail brands today are littered with non-compliance, human rights and environmental violations. These organisations find themselves at a loss on how to handle this kind of supply chain complexity risk.

Topics: Quality Management Systems

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

[Infographic] Comparing the old and the new in compliance software

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 21 Jul 2017

Maintaining supply chain compliance is an issue retailers/importers have found more difficult to navigate in recent years

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Compliance

Compliance issues? You need this online compliance software!

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 19 Jul 2017

Completing a Technical Compliance File as we know is a requirement by regulation.

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Compliance

[VIDEO] What is a Technical Compliance File (TCF) and why you need one

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 11 Jul 2017

Compliance and regulation has changed so much over the years with far more stricter regulations required for retail products today than ever before.

Topics: Quality Management Systems, Compliance