How can my organization use technology to ensure product delivery during unpredictable global events?

When events like the novel Coronavirus disrupt global supply chains, it is those companies that digitize product quality operations that continue to inspect and ship products on time.

Businesses worldwide currently face significant delays and loss of earnings due to not utilizing technology in product quality management and for building quality standards. Products sit in facilities today, finished and unshipped, simply because travel restrictions prevent inspectors from reaching them — a problem stemming from a lack of trust in vendor and factory inspection results.

The Inspectorio platform lets you empower factories and other suppliers abroad with accountability for their own quality management. The result is a novel degree of both visibility and flexibility in your supply chain. Factories can execute timely inspections using their own quality teams. Products ship on time. The relationship between headquarters and factory is stronger and more productive. By taking advantage of digitized quality operations, your business can remain nimble in the face of serious outbreaks and similar scenarios in the future.

Here’s how to take your supply chain to the next level:

1. Standardization

Digitizing your quality operations enables you to set your quality standards and ensure your partners are operating under them. This standardization also creates an opportunity to set and lock inspection workflows, guaranteeing adherence to process expectations regardless of who is executing the factory inspection. This means you can rely on the facility to execute activities using your standards and workflows, even if your inspector cannot reach the facility.

2. Visibility

When quality activities occur offline, you have little visibility into what’s happening on the ground in your supply chain. This leads to a lack of trust in factory inspection results. Instead of a relationship of empowerment and accountability, you’re forced into a relationship of control and policing. This model isn’t sustainable even under normal circumstances, and is completely unworkable during unpredictable events, such as a global health emergency, that disrupt supply chains. Digitization puts you in the position to have full visibility over inspection activities by centralizing the activities and data to a single, objective source. Access to clear and immediate reporting and analytics lets you monitor and collaborate with factories, suppliers, and other partners quickly and efficiently, as well as empower them to execute inspections your team can’t.

3. Optimization

Decentralized, disconnected quality operations lead to scattered data and low quality standards, some of which are completely inaccessible to you and your team. This creates a lack of connectivity and standardization in your supply chain, and it can become increasingly challenging to manage your factories and suppliers abroad. The Inspectorio platform centralizes quality management, letting you and your partners access all of the data and information needed to identify and address problem areas efficiently, eliminating wasted effort and ensuring all parties are operating off of the same information. When you empower your partners to manage quality activities on your behalf, you can immediately identify which partners require further attention and guidance. This creates space for continuous, measurable quality improvement and accountability.

If the lack of agility and accountability in traditional, manual quality processes could cause your organization to face product delays and earnings losses during unpredictable global developments, it’s time to re-evaluate how your quality operations are managed along your supply chain. The level of risk associated with the traditional model is unacceptable for a business aiming to compete in an increasingly connected global landscape. 

The Inspectorio platform empowers you and your partners to avoid significant losses during unforeseen events. During normal operating circumstances, a centralized, digital quality management operation moves you and your supply chain toward a more sustainable approach of empowerment and accountability, maximizing your efficiency and adaptability. Don’t let a lack of modernization create unnecessary risk for you, your factories, suppliers abroad, and other partners. Embrace digitization and the benefits it can bring to your quality operations.

The Inspectorio platform lets you empower factories and other suppliers abroad with accountability for their own quality management to meet your quality standards. The result is a novel degree of both visibility and flexibility in your supply chain. Factories can execute timely inspections using their own quality teams. Products ship on time. The relationship between headquarters and factory is stronger and more productive. By taking advantage of digitized quality operations, your business can remain nimble in the face of serious outbreaks and similar scenarios in the future.

Inspectorio SIGHT is an end-to-end quality control platform that digitizes and optimizes pre-production, inline, final, warehouse, and remote inspections across the global production chain. SIGHT leverages advanced data analytics and machine learning to assess risk and recommend predictive actions to drive continuous improvements. With a fully configurable platform, you can standardize and automate quality operations for increased visibility and collaboration across your supply chain. Shift your quality operations from reactive to preventive.

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