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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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February 02, 2016

Setting Up a Green Supply Chain in 2016

Amidst international talks on climate change, growing environmental concerns and 2015's new title of hottest year on record, companies are recognizing the need to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon. This is being further fueled (no pun intended) by new goals to slow the pace of global warming. I know what you're thinking....recycling at home...

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January 28, 2016

5 Important Questions to Ask a Prospective Metal Supplier

Are you ready to launch your metal project? Are you trying to find the perfect manufacturing partner to get the job done? Below are five important questions you should ask any prospective metal supplier. The benefit of working with a qualified, experienced contract manufacturer is that they have a wealth of knowledge to ensure your product is...

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January 26, 2016

8 Things We Wish We'd Realized Before Doing Business in Vietnam

Doing business in Vietnam for the past eight years has come with its fair share of pleasant surprises, as well as occasional, unanticipated hurdles. I spoke with CEO Scott Ellyson and Executive VP Jeff Sweeney about what we would tell young East West if we could travel back eight years and give ourselves a heads up.

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January 21, 2016

3 Medical Device Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

As technology revolutionizes the world before our eyes, we can't overlook the impact it's having on global healthcare – particularly on the medical device front. From physical devices to the smart systems powering those devices, technological advances are helping connect doctors and patients in new ways, transmit vital data in real time, and...

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January 19, 2016

13 Questions to Expect After Submitting Product Design Drawing Package

You've completed your product design drawings, squared away your IP and are now prepared to submit an RFQ to a contract manufacturer. You may feel like the bulk of your work is done, but your contract manufacturer will likely have additional questions for you before the formal quoting process can get started.

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January 14, 2016

Top 5 Supply Chain Trends 2016

What will 2016 have in store for the global supply chain? From technology to collaboration, expect to see some major shifts happening (or continuing) this year. We've checked out some industry leaders' predictions for 2016 and compiled our top five below. Please note that each trend has been curated directly from these companies'...

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January 13, 2016

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015: Part Two

Hopefully you already checked out our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015: Part One, so let's jump right into the second half of this countdown and look at the top five blog posts of last year. 

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January 12, 2016

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015: Part One

Below you'll find part one of our top 10 blog posts of 2015 (#10 through #6). Note: A few of these pieces were published in 2014, but their views surged in 2015. Be sure to stay tuned for part two, where we'll count down the top five posts! 

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January 07, 2016

5 Technology Trends to Look Out for in 2016

We saw some amazing technological advancements in 2015 (but try to forget about those combustible hoverboards) and are now looking forward to what 2016 has to offer. Expect this year to be more about fine-tuning technologies that emerged in the past couple of years, rather than seeing entirely new product categories.

As the international...

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January 05, 2016

Good Product Packaging is About More Than Looks

When designing and developing a product, it’s easy to put your blinders on and focus solely on product features. The soft details, like artwork and packaging, are oftentimes thrown on the back burner until the eleventh hour, at which time they are cranked out overnight to meet deadlines. While many product designers think this will all be fine...

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