Conducting effective supplier audits is an established strategy in identifying, eliminating and preventing quality issues in a supplier management system, processes and products before the issues extends. However, there are several strategies to improve supplier audits.
An important factor in the effective and efficient maintenance and operation of a physical asset or a plant is the consistent supply of spare parts, equipment, services and consumables. There are numerous methods to improving the performance in this area other than just signing purchase orders. The goal should continuously be to attain workable improvement and a very good way to accomplish this is to regularly conductive effective supplier audits within your supply chain. It is shown from experience that this strategy of intervention cause several changes on the maintenance and could lead to large scale and long term improvements.
A successful supplier audit is one which perfectly institutes the particular state of the subject of audit and therefore gives useful recommendations for the improvement of the supply chain which is highly accepted by the organization being audited. However, this is only feasible if all staff including the management of the audited organization is completely committed and engaged in the supplier audit process and therefore are ready to give honest and open answers to every audit question. This attitude can be enhanced by going through these various steps;
The supplier audits should holistically cover the whole supply chain, from the production floor to the management and across the total length of supply services. The subsequent 5 major areas could be used as a guideline to make sure there is appropriate coverage;
An effective supplier audit within your supply chain will assist in achieving several benefits including;
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