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Is Your Retail Brand Prepared For These 5 Global Sourcing Challenges?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 27 Dec 2017

Procurement used to manage vendors and negotiate costs. Today, it’s about so much more; it’s about effectively managing risk, ensuring sustainability, all to the ends of creating a strategic competitive advantage for your brand.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Global Sourcing

How do professional importers ensure product compliance?

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance 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

10 things you will learn from a third party quality provider

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance 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

A Supply Chain Management System For An Optimized Supply Chain

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance 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

Where Regional Household Goods Brands Fail and Global Brands Succeed

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 29 Apr 2017

Over the years there have been shifts in the supply chain, where gaining a competitive advantage through your entire supply chain can be essential to your success.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance Systems

4 Supply Chain Best Practices that Regional Brands can Adopt

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 28 Apr 2017

We live in a fast-paced environment with trends coming and going, before there’s even been a moment to catch up. As a regional quality director with increased supply challenges, one may need to begin looking to how global brands are managing their supply chains to start transforming local operations to remain a strong competitor at the top of current trends.

Topics: Supply Chain Management

4 Supply Chain Solutions For Global Brands

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 12 Apr 2017

Supply chain managers often read supply chain news and yearly trends in order to remain competitive and to determine how they can implement best practices. As we analyze these trends we often look towards global brands and to the way in which they manage their supply chains to achieve their goals. It can be hard and expensive for larger companies and organizations to quickly implement new strategies and adopt new processes in order to stay on top.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance Systems

5 Top Tips to Motivating Your Quality Control Team

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 4 Apr 2017

Building cohesion with your buying office and quality team may seem overly obvious or a task that may not even seem absolutely necessary in achieving your supply chain goals, but the benefits of this task are often under-estimated. Working within a team is an inevitable part of the tasks you are involved in.

Topics: Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management Best Practices To Implement In Your Buying Office

Posted by API - Customized Quality Assurance on 28 Mar 2017

Quality practices are essential to the success of your entire supply chain operation, knowing exactly what these practices are will help inform the steps you need to take in order to ensure success in your buying office.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance Systems