We know that having a sustainable supply chain management system is currently a huge challenge for brand owners, this is because it is a tricky area for food businesses to…
Suppliers receive a lot of requests from their customers to complete supplier audit questionnaires and in turn spend many hours completing them. The process can appear to be never-ending as you, the manufacturer, can send out 30 Supplier Audit questionnaires, and only 3 completed are returned, leaving it to you to chase up the remaining 27 questionnaires.
Dealing with supplier audit questionnaires (SSAQ’s) is a time consuming and tedious task but due to its importance in improving traceability and food safety, it cannot be avoided. I am sure many of us are aware of the process involved in the sending out of supplier self audit questionnaires, you send them all out but only a few are received back in a reasonable time.
Keeping up with supplier approval management can be a time-consuming responsibility which puts additional pressure on your own business. The media interest in any horror story means that food safety auditors are paying even more attention to this area. So here are our ten best tips for you:
We have noticed recently is that some progressive food businesses are considering combining food safety and sustainability or CSR requirements from their supply chains into a single process to help reduce duplication, reduce the burden on the supply chain, and be more cost effective.
Why are there suppliers who have not provided the necessary information after months of chasing. * Do they not have the information? * Have they got something to hide? * Are they under resourced in their technical department? * Do they not have a technical department? * Do they not know the source of the ingredient supplied? Based on these reasons, how many of these suppliers can be classed as "low risk"
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So, you now know how to improve approved supplier management – and recognise some of the barriers to best practice that you may well meet along the way. The good news is you are not alone in trying to overcome those obstacles. Software solutions can help. But before selecting a solution, here are some questions you should be asking your provider:
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Everything so far is a paper chase. Would you choose a partner for life from a dating site without meeting them?