The purpose of the Merlin Standard is to help organisations create better supply chains. The standard encourages the development, recognition, and promotion of excellence and positive partnerships.

The Merlin Standard has eight parts, listed below:

  1. Design
  2. Procure
  3. Contract
  4. Funding
  5. Develop
  6. Performance Manage
  7. Quality Assurance & Compliance
  8. Review & Close

 

Each of these parts is called a ‘Principle’. These Principles are broken down into further parts called ‘Criteria’. This structure helps organisations work together to build a meaningful supply chain. The whole standard can be download as a PDF or viewed at the merlin standard page .

The Eight Principles

Below are brief descriptions about each main part (Principles) of the Merlin Standard. 

1. Design

Successful supply chain design is fundamental to achieving a healthy and high performing supply chain. A reflective practice to help improve the design of the supply chain should be promoted by all organisations.

2. Procure

Establishing good relationships is key to an effective supply chain. Organisations should seek good partnerships throughout the supply chain.

3. Contract

Having good quality contractual documentation and, therefore, deal with problems in the correct manner.

4. Funding

Have good management of funding and finances, and be as transparent as appropriate.

5. Develop

Working together to develop a successful working relationship, therefore, deliver the supply chain objectives.

6. Performance Manage

Working with the supply chain with integrity, honesty, and transparency, which is support by effective processes.

7. Quality Assurance and Compliance

Everyone involved should be promoting compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, including the Supply Chain Partners.

8. Review and Close

Excellent supply chains will deliver the best results for customers. Reviewing and improving on the service is always necessary. Also there should be a managed end of relationship process.

Who can use this standard?

The standard is designed for any organisation that wants to improve their supply chain. The standard is accommodation and looks to support all the organisations in the supply chain. If you are an organisation delivering a government contract or a college wanting to improve the communication with their supplier the Merlin Standard can support your organisation.

 

Useful links for Primes

Useful Links for Supply Chain Partners