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Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis
Mary-Kerstin, also known as MK, worked with East West Manufacturing for over 4 years before leaving to launch her own business. She joined the marketing team in 2015 as content writer after managing East West's international logistics for 2 years. She is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia.
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August 04, 2016

One Month In: Are New SOLAS Regulations Rocking the Boat?

Can you imagine watching a tall stack of shipping containers collapse before your eyes? Sounds terrifying, right? It has certainly been known to happen – in fact, it is estimated that up to 10,000 containers fall overboard each year. While lost-at-sea containers aren't the only reason for new SOLAS regulations, this issue is certainly one of...

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August 03, 2016

East West Marketing Team is Hiring a Content Writer !

August 02, 2016

What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 2021? Part Two: Challenges

Last week we opened the can of worms that is the future of manufacturing (specifically looking at progress over the next five years). If you missed part one of this article, check it out right here. So we covered a few opportunitie that lie ahead, but will the road be smooth, freshly paved and free of barriers? Probably not. Let's take a look...

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July 28, 2016

Top 10 Lessons in Offshore Manufacturing (from a Manufacturing VP)

Taking production overseas can be intimidating. Daunting. Downright scary! We get it. Lucky for you, we've done the dirty work. As a contract manufacturer, East West has learned countless lessons over the course of our 15 years in the game, and we're ready to share the knowledge. Take it from us it pays to keep calm and carry on (as our...

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July 26, 2016

What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 2021? Part One: Opportunities

Is it just me, or does it almost feel like the future is upon us, what with all the technological breakthroughs we're witnessing – from advanced robotics to 3D printing with an unlikely variety of raw materials? But what will manufacturing actually look like five years down the road, in good ol' 2021?

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July 19, 2016

10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Contract Manufacturing

Rather than chalking your competition up as your arch nemesis (or, even worse, to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" status), you can actually learn some useful lessons from them, courtesy of their successes, failures and habits alike. Whether you learn what to do better – or what to avoid at all costs  taking interest in what your competitors are...

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July 12, 2016

Wood Pallets vs. Plastic Pallets: Which is Better for My Supply Chain?

When you think of a shipping pallet, does the below image come to mind (wood on wood on wood)? While pallets are traditionally wood-manufactured, plastic pallets have become more prevalent in recent years as companies shipping often and in high volumes realize the advantages of this alternative. However, 90-95% of shippers still opt for the...

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July 07, 2016

RFx Management: Understanding the Difference Between RFI, RFP and RFQ

It's a common mistake among procurement newbies to use the acronyms RFQ and RFP interchangeably. Throw in RFI, and things really start to get hairy. Understanding the nuances that distinguish these different types of requests (for information, proposal and quote) will help you get what you need a little faster and more easily, and that's...

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June 30, 2016

EC Motors + Commercial Refrigeration Systems: Why IP Ratings Matter

When purchasing electronically commutated (EC) motors, you're probably concerned about speed, noise and potential energy savings. If the motor will be powering a commercial refrigeration unit, you should definitely be thinking about IP ratings as well. Below we'll dive into the details of IP ratings and the implications these seemingly...

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June 28, 2016

How Are My Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Freight Rates Calculated?

Becoming familiar with the driving forces behind less-than-truckload (LTL) freight rates will not only help you set reasonable expectations you'll actually be able to anticipate and project your shipping costs better than before. While full-truckload (FTL) shipments are usually rated on a per-mile basis, LTL rates are driven by a slew of...

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