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quality management software (QMS)

Report: Changing How Companies View QMS Solutions

A recent state-of-the-market report by Gartner said that disparate elements such as regulatory requirements, changing business models and a heightened visibility to product quality issues within the consumer marketplace are accelerating the need for companies to integrate dedicated business optimization software into their internal and external quality management systems (QMS). Traditional QMS processes such as spreadsheets and physical clipboards are reportedly still prevalent, but there is an acknowledgment that automated solutions are the best way to handle document control, corrective and preventative action (CAPA), employee qualification, internal controls and other critical quality functions.

David Bolton
By David Bolton on September 25, 2019
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Why Counterfeits In The Supply Chain Is A Quality Problem

Companies that are not confronting the potential quality issues generated by counterfeits or bogus products in their supply chain ecosystem are leaving themselves open to a world of pain. Logistics Management reported that the prospect of counterfeits in the supply chain is an ever-growing threat, with numerous industry sectors worried about the impact that a fake could have on both consumer confidence and overall product quality. Counterfeiting is already a billion-dollar business, and it is reportedly becoming harder to differentiate the fake from the real thing.

David Bolton
By David Bolton on September 19, 2019
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HACCP 101: What Food Manufacturers Need to Know

It’s been over 10 years since the multi-state peanut butter salmonella outbreak in 2008 and 2009 that killed nine and sickened over 700 people, leading to one of the largest recalls in U.S. history. Details of the investigation and criminal case tell a disturbing story of food safety gone awry, complete with fraud, lies to federal prosecutors and knowingly selling products that tested positive for contamination.

By ETQ on September 10, 2019
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How to Select a Quality Management System: 7 Key Elements for Successful Implementation

To help you avoid QMS implementation failure, this paper outlines seven key considerations in selecting a QMS software solution, exploring elements such as: • Features to look for as you gather your requirements • Common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid during the evaluation process • Tips for choosing a vendor and QMS that will unlock quality opportunities and deliver exceptional results

Chris Nahil
By Chris Nahil on August 2, 2019
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Study: 52% of Children’s Product Recalls Aren’t On Social

A study by consumer advocacy organization Kids In Danger (KID) said that digital information about child-related product recalls is often hard to find, with brands making a conscious decision to limit consumer awareness of potential safety or compliance issues with children’s products. As a result, and according to KID’s “Recalls Online: Missed Opportunities for Engagement” report, transparency around a product recall process is very much a hit-and-miss affair, especially in terms of what the customer needs to do next.

David Bolton
By David Bolton on July 12, 2019
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