FROM DELAYS TO LAWSUITS AND CANCELLED ORDERS, NON-PERFORMING MATERIAL VENDORS CAN PUT YOUR ENTIRE OPERATION AT RISK.
Material problems destroy profits. Restricted substances, physical property failures and waste: all can dramatically reduce margins. At Impactiva, we can help. Our technicians will work with you to develop and implement a Material Vendor Management Program that continuously improves quality and efficiency, eliminating costly claims while improving your bottom line.
How it works
We take a comprehensive approach to achieving long-term, thorough, customized optimization. In addition to working with you to identify your supply chain goals and criteria for choosing the best material vendors, we’ll create a list of potential Certified Material Vendors, send surveys to your factories, and perform detailed technical audits of the top ranked material vendors per material type. These in-depth evaluations, which include a review of regulatory compliance, will result in material vendor recommendations for your Certified Material Vendor list.
Our material vendor certification process will give you valuable insight into the key aspects of each vendor’s production processes, production support, management structures, business results, and regulatory compliance. And that’s not all. We’ll also audit each of your Tier 1 suppliers and conduct supplier team learning seminars, allowing them to target deficiencies and develop continuous improvement programs. This effort, combined with the monitoring and sole use of Certified Material Vendors, will yield a supply chain with lower cost, waste and risk.
Impactiva’s Material Vendor Management Program ensures that you continually partner with the highest-performing, cost-saving material vendors and suppliers.
Impactiva’s technical expertise and knowledge of your industry’s manufacturing environment will assist you to optimize your Tier-2 material vendor supply chain obtaining the following benefits:
- Delays, airfreight or cancelation of orders due to last minute product restricted substance or physical property test failures
- Compromising decisions on shipping mediocre product due to poor quality of materials
- Claims, liabilities or law suits from restricted substance compliance failures
- The probability of having negative publicity that will affect your brand, image and sales
- The aggravation and loss of valuable leadership time by working with suppliers who do not professionally control and manage their material supply chains
- The Cost of Poor Quality in your product supply chain (thus improving your bottom line results)!
- Product costs by creating reliable supply chains in new lower cost countries
DEFINITION OF STANDARDS
First and most important is to determine your strategic Material Vendor Supply Chain Optimization Goals within your three year operational strategic plan. These goals will determine the criteria to be used to rank and choose your supply chain’s best material vendors. Material prices, delivery lead-times, delivery reliability, quality, regulatory compliance, social compliance and sustainable long-term relationships are some of many goals that can be chosen. Impactiva will then assist you to define benchmarks for vendor certification and de-certification along with the frequency of audits to measure vendor performance.
OUR CONTRIBUTION TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Impactiva’s MVM Program is based on the philosophy of continuous improvement. The minimum audit scores to remain a certified vendor will be increased year by year in order to ensure a measureable continuous gain in quality and service.
If any significant quality problems / issues arise with materials from certified material vendors, Impactiva will work diligently to obtain all the necessary information which allows us to perform a detailed and complete investigation until root causes are determined. We then immediately communicate our findings to you, your supply chain partners and the entire Impactiva Team with the objective of implementing permanent changes to required processes and procedures to prevent future reoccurrences.
WHY IS IMPACTIVA DIFFERENT?
UNPARALLELLED TECHNICAL AND INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE
As the world’s leading quality assurance company in the footwear and apparel industries, Impactiva brings an unmatched level of technical manufacturing expertise to each material vendor and supplier audit and certification. Our technicians understand your products and the materials and competencies required to manufacture them, allowing them to quickly identify weaknesses that can cause quality problems, delays and long-term damage to your brand.