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.
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:
Are good questions in supplier self audit questionnaires more quickly answered?
A great step forward in the tool set available for food businesses to risk assess and manage agents and brokers, well done BRC. It will be interesting to see which agents and brokers adopt this and which drag their heels.
The one lesson I would advise you to take away from all the likely conferences & webinars is that recent developments should result in a more focussed senior management commitment to supplier approval management.
A convenient conference based in the Midlands with timings to suit the busy food industry professional
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:
Here come the cavalry
Quantifiable rather than subjective risk assessments
Up to 20% of supplier contact information becomes obsolete each year due to staff changes at supplying sites