Kruger Products: Mobile SharePoint App for Frontline QA Workers

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Kruger Products is Canada’s leading manufacturer of paper-based/tissue products. As the parent of world-renowned brands such as Scotties, Cashmere and Durex, among others, the award-winning company serves both consumer and commercial customers and operates several large manufacturing facilities across North America.

With extremely high quality standards, Kruger Products is continuously looking for ways to improve processes that ultimately help them achieve quality assurance goals. With digital transformation taking over virtually every aspect of the business, they knew that digital technology could play a critical role in QA processes and could ultimately help them take better products to market and increase customer satisfaction.

In this case, Kruger partnered with MRS to develop and deploy a mobile, cloud-native business app for frontline QA personnel using Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365.

To be a leader in the consumer products space, quality takes precedence

According to Kruger Products, everything they do resolves around their customers. That means ensuring strict quality control and continuously improving customer satisfaction is imperative to maintain ongoing success for the business.

An integral part of their quality control and quality assurance processes involves logging feedback and information gathered directly from their commercial customers and manufacturing plants regarding defects, product reviews and any other problems customers may have with their products. Efficiently gathering and managing this information is critical to enable the company the make the necessary adjustments and alterations to the products and manufacturing processes.

As such, feedback, product reviews and customer complaints need to be identified, logged, investigated and resolved in a timely manner. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the ongoing digitization of previously paper-based products, the company recognized this process was ripe for disruption – and turned to MRS for help.

Deploying a modern, mobile, cloud-native app for frontline QA personnel leveraging SharePoint Online

Kruger partnered with MRS to envision and architect a cloud-based mobile application that enables their frontline quality assurance staff to input reports on tablets or smartphones first-hand at the client site and to have all the information securely stored in the company’s cloud-based SharePoint intranet portal.

With the solution in place, all information is accurately logged in adherence to strict formatting best practices and reports are easy to find and cloud-accessible for key decision-makers. This ultimately means that the turnaround time and success-rate of which issues are resolved is drastically improved.

To realize Kruger’s vision, a new, custom-built solution was required. MRS used the SharePoint platform and .NET development to create custom forms and workflows, set up alerts and notifications, secure authentication and permissions, optimize the search function and more to deliver the functionality that Kruger needed. To meet the demand for anywhere, any time, any device access, the application was built with a mobile-first design optimized for smartphone and tablet use.

The result is an application that facilitates the production of quality reports and resolves issues quicker, more efficiently, and more accurately. Employees feel empowered with the tools they need to delve into insights on quality control issues which allows them to manage customer relations more effectively and continuously meet their demands.

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