Going Global in El Paso with Global Supplier Quality Assurance (GSQA)

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EMNS, Inc. announces Handgards® first full year of successful GSQA® use to manage suppliers and ensure quality around the world.

For decades, economists and management gurus have been preaching the gospel of globalization for American companies in order to remain competitive and take advantage of growth, and lower costs, in the developing world. This strategy has been embraced by the Fortune 500 and other companies located near transportation and communications hubs on the East and West Coasts.

But what if you’re a mid-sized company, hundreds of miles from a port? The costs and effort of “going global”, and managing all of those remote relationships, can be prohibitive. Handgards, located in El Paso, TX, experienced those challenges and, in 2012, decided to find a better way.

Handgards® had already been a global company for years, sourcing raw materials and finished products from suppliers and co-manufacturers in the USA and other countries. The company became a significant importer of Foodservice Disposables while also focusing on its core manufacturing strengths in El Paso and to continue to develop new and innovative products.

Jerry Thompson, Director of Systems and Networks found a hosted, web-based solution, Global Supplier Quality Assurance (or GSQA, a product of EMNS, Inc.), which seemed to meet their needs. Several months of research and analysis followed during which Quality, Operations and Purchasing all participated and provided input. Handgards went live with GSQA at their plants in the US and over 100 suppliers’ locations in China and elsewhere in July of 2013.

Since then, GSQA usage has grown steadily and Handgards has begun utilizing the service to improve quality control and coordination within their plants and distribution centers. GSQA will help Handgards® to manage growth where ever it may occur and maintain its high quality standards.

About Handgards: For over 50 years, Handgards® has earned the respect and confidence of the food service industry as a progressive innovator in food safety. We have flourished by retaining our industry leading ability to develop new and innovative products that help you save time and money. We are also first in Food Safety Innovations that protects the end-user from costly outbreaks of food contamination. Unlike other companies in our industry, we're an innovator and a manufacturer, not just a distributor with the broadest menu of products in the industry.

About EMNS, Inc.: For over a decade, EMNS, Inc. has been a leading provider of quality solutions used in over seventy countries. GSQA® supplies our customers’ operations, procurement and quality departments with actionable business intelligence, while supporting regulatory compliance. GSQA’s multi-language, global data management increases quality visibility across manufacturer’s plants and their supply bases. The result is improved performance, less material variability, increased productivity, consistent quality and improved safety of finished goods. For additional information, visit http://www.gsqa.com or call 1-866-GET-GSQA (1-866-438-4772).

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