When you depend on suppliers to deliver your service, your company is only as strong as the links in your supply chain.
Conducting an external audit is a great way to gather the data you need to make informed decisions about your business. Companies often conduct supplier audits to:
- Better understand the supplier’s’ processes and standards
- Identify opportunities to reduce waste or inefficiencies
- Identify potential issues before they affect the customer experience
- Forecast production needs more accurately
- Understand the root cause of production delays or mistakes
The Essential Supply Chain Audit Checklist: Supplier Audits provides a step-by-step checklist for measuring supplier effectiveness. The checklist covers the six essential parts of a supplier audit, as well as specific factors to consider at each stage of the audit.
The checklist also offers helpful tips for each key factor of the process, like questions to ask during an external audit, information to look for when you interview employees, and how to measure progress over time.
Whether you are evaluating a new supplier or trying to increase efficiency in your existing supply chain, The Essential Supply Chain Audit Checklist: Supplier Audits can help. Use the step-by-step checklist as a guide to your next external audit, or use our recommendations to uncover potential gaps in your company’s audit strategy. Our step-by-step guide will ensure you make the most of your next supplier audit and leave no stone unturned.