Table of Contents
Journal of Quality and Reliability Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 621073, 9 pages
Review Article

A Review of Quality Criteria Supporting Supplier Selection

Engineering Faculty, Islamic Azad University, Semnan Branch, Semnan 35136-93688, Iran

Received 31 December 2012; Accepted 28 April 2013

Academic Editor: Shey-Huei Sheu

Copyright © 2013 Mohammad Abdolshah. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a review of decision criteria reported in the literature for supporting the supplier selection process. The review is based on an extensive search in the academic literature. After a literature review of decision criteria, we discuss the most important criteria: quality. Then different methods and factors for assessing the quality of supplier are discussed. Results showed that all methods and factors mentioned in this paper are not appropriate tools for quality evaluation. Moreover, we propose a novel method (using loss functions) in order to assess the quality of suppliers.