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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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May 19, 2016

7 TED Talks Engineers and Manufacturers Should Listen To

TED Talks have been a driving force of inspiration, information and innovation since their inception in 2006. Born out of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, the talks have become a global, viral sensation over the past decade. Below we've compiled seven of the best TED Talks to inspire engineers and manufacturers. How will...

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May 17, 2016

Think Twice Before Seeking Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) on Alibaba

Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth, has been killing it, especially since its September 2014 US IPO, when the company raised a remarkable $25 billion. According to ForbesAlibaba posted 54% sales growth in its first earnings report following the IPO. Today the company has a market capitalization of nearly $200 billion and a brought in a ...

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May 12, 2016

Mold Flow Analysis Can Save Your Plastic Injection Mold Design

The secret to a quality plastic injection molded part is a flawless mold – one that produces consistent pieces time and time again. So, what's the key to a flawless mold? In addition to a strong initial design, mold flow analysis is your secret weapon. It's an indispensable component of any plastic injection molding design project. MFA software...

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May 10, 2016

The Worst Manufacturing Advice We've Ever Heard

Sometimes we turn to others for advice. And sometimes those folks steer us in the wrong direction (often unbeknownst to them). After 15 years in the business, we've overheard some pretty terrible advice and actually witnessed it, shockingly, in action. Below we share the top 10 worst manufacturing advice we've encountered. Remember, this is...

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May 05, 2016

7 Tips to Improve Global Supply Chain Security [Infographic]

Building and refining your supply chain may feel like a mammoth task, but the work doesn't stop there – especially if you're operating on a global scale. Securing your network entails more than lock and key. It involves collaboration, understanding and ensuring that trust exists between you, your suppliers and other vendors. It means everyone...

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May 03, 2016

When to Consider Manufacturing Offshore: A Manufacturing CEO's Insight

We could go on and on debating the pros and cons of moving some or all of your manufacturing operations offshore. Because it's true – like with most decisions in life – that there are both pros and cons to this move. So, when thinking about moving offshore, how do you know when is the right time? One prospective customer posed this very...

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April 28, 2016

Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Times of Crisis

We published a piece recently discussing supply chain crises and how to anticipate and plan for them. (Missed this post? You can check it out here.) Today we're following up on this topic with specific questions to ask your organization to determine if you're actually equipped to handle a disaster, as well as the leadership skills needed to...

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April 26, 2016

7 Advantages to India Manufacturing

It's no secret that labor costs are rising in China, and talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some operations are returning to the US and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business. Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages, as well as increasing infrastructure, but...

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April 21, 2016

Top 10 Startup Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

While it's a hard statistic to swallow, nine out of 10 startups will fail. Below are 10 reasons why this is the case. Some may say startups fail for one simple reason: they didn't make a product people wanted. Although this is the main culprit of startup failure, the issue goes much deeper. Join the 10 percent that succeed by digesting this...

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April 19, 2016

How to Anticipate and Survive a Supply Chain Disaster

Heard of Murphy’s Law? Don’t worry, it’s not likely that everything will go wrong, but you should be prepared for unanticipated or unplanned crises. It may be every SCM's worst nightmare, but all is not lost if you actually have a plan in place! You'd probably be surprised by how few companies have contingency plans drawn up for dealing with...

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