by Renaud Anjoran in 'Quality Inspection Blog'
Many importers have learned the value of a good supplier pool the hard way.
For example, Carrefour Global Sourcing “killed its supplier base” (in the words of their managing director) because they pursued low prices with a reverse auction mechanism. They recently decided to stop it.
As a consequence, they spend millions of dollars in QC inspections that wouldn’t be needed had they kept their supplier pool intact.
Importers should do the exact opposite. They should distinguish 3 categories of suppliers. Like a portfolio of assets that can be improved:
The question is, how to get more and more suppliers in the white list? This is the key to reducing your QC budget AND your quality problems at the same time.
Here is what I propose.
At the beginning, only the very best suppliers are white. This status is earned by the others, little by little, based on their results. If they fail inspections too often, they never get to be white-listed.
Getting a supplier from red to pink
Getting a supplier from pink to white
Getting a supplier to remain white:
One last word. Be clear about this process with your suppliers. It will show them that their interest lies in improving their reliability.
What do you think?