The number and value of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry has steadily increased over the last 30 years. At the same time, CPG manufacturers are trying to advance toward a lean and standardized manufacturing process in order to enhance production flexibility and better manage industry compliance standards. These efficiencies are particularly effective when applied to global supply chains, business networks, service initiatives, and production activities. The result can vastly improve the entire manufacturing process.
However, as M&A activity increases and organizations – and their extended supply chains – grow globally, the complexity of these operations increases. And complexity can impact quality.
Gaining a Standardized Manufacturing Process That Drives Quality
By establishing a standardized process, organizations are better able to identify standards that are not being adhered to or adopted, as well as when and where to take corrective action. To get there, CPG manufacturers need to take advantage of quality management solutions that coordinate business processes and IT infrastructure with operational and quality processes.
Such a system can simplify and consolidate these critical processes to provide real-time insight across plants, geographic regions, and suppliers. That insight can inform quality assurance issues, support compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, and help merge business processes and systems between companies and balance the functionality of new capabilities.
Sparta Systems’ Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) and cloud solutions allow CPG companies to automate quality processes, compiling all information in one central location. These solutions provide unparalleled visibility across the organization, while processes and metrics are used to ensure compliance, risk management, and to operate in the most cost efficient way. Whether on premise or cloud-based, these solutions offer the flexibility and configurability to adapt to company-specific business processes, enabling customers to define, track, manage and report on the activities and processes vital to their success.
Integrated document management - Seamless integration with quality management activities such as CAPA and action plans, enforcing document control and data security.
Simplified incident management and corrective actions – Streamlined incident management and corrective and preventive actions (CAPA), helping to prevent and quickly resolve any non-conformances.
Comprehensive supplier quality management – Detailed visibility into upstream operations to help manufacturers to effectively collaborate with partners and suppliers.
Centralized audit management – Effective, timely audits to help make the identification and resolution of issues more efficient across a global manufacturing operation.
Effective complaint management – Ability to log, respond to and investigate complaints, while capturing data for analyzing developing trends to help maintain and improve product and service quality
Streamlined environmental health & safety (EH&S) management – Efficient insight into EH&S compliance through automated workflows, accelerating inspection and corrective action cycles.
Automated training management - Cohesive tracking and managing of employee training, ensuring relevant activities are scheduled and tracked through to completion.