Tuesday 19 March 2019

MyAvSMART - your On-line Approved Supplier List

Creating your on-line approved supplier list.

Moving your approved supplier list on-line is a great idea - easy to manage, gives you "at a glance" approval status, is free of charge* and keeps you up to date as to changes.

Once you've created an AvSMART login and password, you can start to build your list, and add any fully registered supplier.  Upon logging in, you are taken to your control panel, and from here you can search individual suppliers, by typing their name in the search field, or you can leave this field blank, click search, and reveal the full list.  

Some of the suppliers show a cog symbol.  This means that they have registered at the invitation of one of our AvSMART Total airlines or MRO's, are a "Limited" registration, and only the requesting airline is able to add those suppliers, and has access to the full audit. Please contact us if you would like to add these suppliers -  AvSMART Total may be a good fit for you, or we can approach these suppliers to discuss extending the accessibility of their form.  You can read more about AvSMART Total here.

For fully registered suppliers, clicking the plus sign adds that supplier to your list, and any time that supplier makes updates you will receive an email with the details of the updated fields.  As you add the supplier, you will be asked whether you wish to advise the supplier they are now on your list.  Clicking "Yes" means suppliers are more likely to keep their self-audit current, since they are aware you are monitoring them via the system.

A green plus sign indicates the self-audit is current.  Some suppliers will show an amber or red plus sign.  This means they are in their final month before updates are required, or they have gone over a year since last updating.  Where this is the case, you will see an envelope icon.  Clicking this will send the supplier a message to let them know you would like to see updates made.

Sign up for a free of charge MyAvSMART account today and start building your list.

A note for suppliers:  by telling all your customers your self-audit can be found at AvSMART.aero, you will receive less and less paper forms to complete, and will only have one on-line form to keep updated.  We will cover this in more detail in a future article.

Contact us for more information. 

*Free of charge when selecting full membership suppliers.  Contact us to to discuss limited access suppliers, or moving your entire list to MyAvSMART.

Thursday 7 March 2019

AvSMART Explained

SMART, Simple Supplier Self-audits

If you've heard about AvSMART but wonder what it's all about, or if it's news to you, here's a couple of diagrams I hope will explain.  The first is a much simplified illustration of the traditional, paper-based self-audit method of information gathering. This is used by airline and MRO purchasing and quality departments to ascertain a supplier's approval status and quality procedures. We show four buyers and suppliers - in reality there are hundreds of buyers and suppliers worldwide - each one sending or completing these forms, resulting in much paper, time and energy wasted.  Since this task is repeated every 2 years, that's an even bigger cost to each business.

The diagram below shows how AvSMART has simplified this task.  Just one, standardised self-audit form is completed by a supplier, and this is available for all customers to view and add to their "MyAvSMART" list.  When updates are made by a supplier, e.g. new certificates added, a process change, or at annual review, automatic notifications are received by buyers detailing which fields of the audit and which certificates have altered.

With the paper based method, unless pro-actively sought or supplied, any changes may not be communicated between audits. This is usually every 2 years. A lot can change in that time. AvSMART clients update at least once a year, and as often as changes occur. Using AvSMART, you have "at a glance" visibility of the self-audit status, and can be confident you have the most recent information. 

Buyers can create a login and password here, and start selecting fully registered suppliers today.

Suppliers, please take advantage of the 3-month free of charge trial currently running.  See how much time you can save and register today.

AvSMART - Aviation Supplier Monitoring and Approvals in Real Time