"We have moved toward an electronic document management system, but our sites still rely 90% of the time on paper because our production is not significantly automated. You spend a lot of time checking what somebody else has entered."
For many consumer goods organizations, this describes where quality management professionals still find themselves even in 2021. However, after a seismic year, achieving Quality 4.0 and realizing the potential of quality automation are poised to make significant progress.
This dynamic is just one of the many conclusions of the new 2021 Quality Management Trends Report. This complimentary research report reveals what opportunities global quality leaders are pursuing this year, and what new and emerging challenges they face in their work and organizations.
The Report analyzes the survey responses of 250 Quality Management leaders from industries including consumer goods, cosmetics, food & beverage and more. Additionally, it contains direct insights from 12 in-depth interviews with quality leaders in North America and Europe to provide a more nuanced representation of quality in 2021.
To give you a sample of consumer goods industry takeaways contained in the Report, here are 9 new industry-specific insights for quality management leaders in 2021:
“I don't think there's a crystal-clear definition of Quality 4.0. We are relatively well-advanced in the abundance of data we collect online from our production lines. However, I still don't think we fully understand how to best do it and what the real challenges are.”
“We’re hoping to better understand what drives the risk of producing something that causes a marketplace incident. Because amongst all the things that quality is driving, a marketplace incident - which in the worst case can result in a recall - are probably one of the most disruptive and most costly events that can occur.”
EHSQ training is not managed by HR; it’s very siloed. To follow up on the effectiveness is very difficult, because it’s very manual. As of today, we are not able to have a process, a system that makes sure that we train all workers."
“For us, organizational quality management maturity means ‘Automation of Quality Processes.’ Getting to the next level of maturity would be defined as ‘Automatic Quality.’”
“People think about documentations, records and SOPs but that’s maybe 20-30% of managing quality. The rest is the quality culture, the quality mindset that you deploy in the organization so people actually follow the SOPs, understand them and internalize them. The strength of good systems is that they achieve the objective with the right user experience. This drives adoption and builds a stronger quality culture. We have a new system that takes three clicks and you're done. Using this system, people say, ‘I actually want to work with the system’ and ‘I actually want to do the job right because the system allows me to.”
“The objective is to come to one global system of truth. We record quality data across various systems, so we don't have a perfect picture. Bringing it to a global platform allows us to do more analytics and generate more insights, more understanding of what drives our quality performance.”
“I would’ve never been able to have my quality team fully remote had I not had Veeva. Everybody picked up a computer, went home. Had we not had that, we would’ve not been able to maintain stock and inventory 100% efficiency the way we have."Additionally, the pandemic has made adding headcount less important. The report identified there may be opportunities for companies to move funds budgeted for headcount toward digital transformation and QMS.
“To switch to existing, known ways of managing quality processes that are not internally-approved takes a bit of massaging. It requires saying to the organization, ‘we had a way of doing things in the past that was very specific, fit our business needs, and we were the best in the world at doing, but given we want to do in the future, we need to adjust. Others have already gone through the pain of getting better processes and better approaches. Why don't we just copy and paste versus trying to customize, to replicate what we used to do, but which is no longer applicable in our new environment?’”
If you want to see the full picture of Quality Management in 2021, and how you compare to your peers and industry leaders, please download a complimentary copy of the full report. We also encourage you to learn more about Veeva’s cloud applications tailored for the consumer goods industry here.