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Supplier approval: Why it is important & what you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 02/02/2017


As a purchasing company, you have to decide which suppliers fulfill your acquisition standards and to which criteria they have to follow. This process is an important and extensive part of supplier relationship management since it takes place before the very first delivery.The supplier approval can be part of the strategic approval and later used as basis for audits and evaluations. Approval and evaluation are also mandatory for some certifications such as the ISO 9001.

Today we will review the fundamentals of supplier approval and see why it plays an important part in your supplier management.

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Fairtrade Label - International Sustainability Standard

by Bertrand Duteil on 10/11/2016

As the demand for sustainable products keeps increasing on the consumer side and the need for a transparent supply chain management gets more and more important on the manufacturing side, producing companies have to adapt and find new ways to satisfy those two requirements. One way to comply with those is to get your quality and sustainability management certified.

One of the largest international sustainability standard is the Fairtrade label. This label helps customers identify fair traded products - especially in the food and the textile industries.

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Private organic labels - what you need to know

by Laura Heisch on 03/11/2016

We have presented you with the EU organic certificate and the associated organic seal, which regulates and characterizes the production and distribution of organic products throughout the EU. There are numerous standards for private eco-farming associations. In all cases, these standards must comply with the legal EU organic regulation in addition to their own, often more stringent standards.

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More safety at work: Hazardous Substances Register

by Bertrand Duteil on 22/09/2016


In our last blog posts we have discussed about work safety, prevention and necessary documents your company needs to properly handle hazardous material and substances. After presenting the Safety data sheet and the Operating instructions, we will today discuss about another important document for work safety: the Hazardous Substances Register.

What is a Hazardous Substances Register?

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Topics: Insider, Tipps, for supplier manager

Safety Data Sheet: What is it exactly?

by Bertrand Duteil on 08/09/2016

The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is an important document for all companies working with, delivering or purchasing dangerous substances and material. The SDS gives the user informations about the chemicals and the identity of the product, potential dangers, but also communicates instructions for a safe manipulation as well as for prevention and guidance in case of hazardous situation. Dangerous materials are products or substances presenting a hazardous potential such as chemical products (for example: ethanol, acetone, benzin).

As regulated in the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, dangerous materials need to be identified and documented. The Safety Data Sheet constitutes for the danger analysis an  legal document about the handling of such danger materials and is required for the setup of a register of hazardous substances. Such a register is essential for work protection and serves as central communication medium for works safety on the whole supply chain.

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Best practice: Supplier questionnaire - How to best request data from your suppliers

by Bertrand Duteil on 18/08/2016

A central element of an efficient supplier management is the collection of complete and up-to-date data from your suppliers. Among those important information, you will need the contact partner data, site specific information but also product related data.

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Strategic supplier management: Tips to better choose your suppliers

by Bertrand Duteil on 11/08/2016

Over the past years, we have observed in a large number of companies a dislocation of the core competences within the production and supply chains. The number of parties involved in the production process is increasing both in-house and outside of a company structure. It means that more and more parts and products must be bought to external companies. But to keep a constant quality and price level from suppliers and producers, more and more companies focus on building a strategic and long term supplier collaboration.

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8 tips how to improve your business partnership - Infographic

by Laura Heisch on 02/08/2016


In many aspects, a business partnership is a lot like friendship. A good relationship is based on communication, trust and transparency. If your business partnership is based on a solid foundation, both parties will benefit of this relationship in the long-term. Following our motto "Love your supplier", we are giving you a couple of ways to improve your business partnership.

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SRM for SMEs: why it is also important for my company

by Bertrand Duteil on 28/07/2016

Small and Medium Enterprises play an important role in the european economy. SMEs represent more than 90% of all european companies, creating most of the jobs and being the innovation motor of the EU. A central aspect of any productive company is the importance of suppliers management. Too often, purchasing and quality departments are not aware of the value of a good supplier relationship. Nevertheless, a good supplier is fundamental for a high quality product, transparent production and an efficient supply chain management.

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Food safety for small enterprises: EFSIS Safe & Legal Standard

by Bertrand Duteil on 21/07/2016

The food industry can sometimes be a difficult world for smaller enterprises. Indeed, they have to obey the same set of regulations than the other market players, even if they do not necessarly have the organisational structures or the number of employees needed to deal with heavy documentation requirements. Small enterprises need the same amount of supplier and product related documents for every purchased good. Similarly, small supplying companies also need to produce a full amount of supporting documents for their own customers.

One of the most common standard in the food industry is the BRC (British Retail Consortium)/LINK. With its complex coverage and requirements, this standard is rather tailored for large companies with an established quality management system. In contrast, the EFSIS Safe & Legal Standard is directed to small enterprises of the food industry.

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Topics: Insider, supplier documentation, document types