I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Surprise Supplier Audits:  Pros, Cons, Ideas.”

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In the article, I’ve provided some ideas about how to best implement surprise supplier audits.  I am using this additional space to share even more ideas on the topic.  So here you go:

  • The concept of surprise audits should be presented to your supplier as a standard business process that is performed with randomly selected suppliers.  This can help ensure compliance while not making your suppliers feel that you are suspicious of them.  This premise is why companies do random drug testing of their employees – so those employees called upon for a test don’t feel that they are the target of suspicion.
  • Ensure that you work with your suppliers to ensure some type of security pre-clearance so that your surprise visits aren’t met with uncomfortable and insurmountable refusals for your team to enter the suppliers’ facilities.

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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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