Why East West Doesn’t Manufacture in the US

November 08, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably visited our website. And if you’ve visited our website, you probably know that East West Manufacturing is a global contract manufacturer with facilities in China, Vietnam and India. That covers the east, but what about the west? Why doesn’t East West have manufacturing facilities in the U.S.?

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Filed Under: Business, Manufacturing

Can a Manufacturer Protect My Intellectual Property (IP) in China?

August 25, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Let me guess – you’ve designed a killer product that you want to manufacture in China, but you’re worried that a cheaper version of your product will appear on Alibaba in a month. Your concern is valid – we are talking about China, the world’s leading purveyor of counterfeit goods. Who wants to spend the R+D dollars to then have their intellectual property (IP) stolen in a flash? Taking your IP to China will prove much smoother (and less risky) if you partner with a contract manufacturer (CM) who has been around the block a few times.

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Filed Under: Business, China, Manufacturing

How a Startup Can Minimize Investment Cost and Start Production Sooner

February 25, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Investment cost is sometimes enough to stop a startup dead in its tracks. But don't worry – the good news is that there are other options to get the ball rolling without emptying your wallet. Working with an experienced, flexible contract manufacturer can open the door to opportunities you may not have realized existed. Minimizing up-front investment costs can allow production to launch more quickly and alleviate financial pressures early on. Read on to learn how to get started.

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Filed Under: Business, Start-Ups

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

January 26, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

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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Filed Under: Business, Vietnam

Save the Day with Our Fool-Proof Purchase Order Format [Free Template]

October 15, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Sending a purchase order (PO) seems easy enough, but you would be surprised how often this seemingly simple task is not properly executed. To make life easier for yourself, and to avoid a misunderstanding with your supplier, issue a detailed, effective PO by following our purchase order format below and downloading our free PO template, which includes reminders and suggestions that make the process completely fool-proof!

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12 Tips for Mastering Chinese Business Etiquette

October 08, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Are you planning to do business in China? Chances are that one step out of the Shanghai airport will have you shouting, “We’re not in Scranton anymore, Bob!” Adjusting to the hectic pace of Chinese urban centers is not the only challenge that lies ahead. Learning the nuances of Chinese business culture is a beast of its own. Before your plane touches down, review our 12 tips (+ 3 bonus tips) for mastering Chinese business etiquette so you can save face (see item #7) and increase your chances of success.

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Filed Under: Business, China

Can a Contract Manufacturer Help with Intellectual Property Protection in China?

August 06, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Let me guess – you’ve designed a killer product that you want to manufacture in China, but you’re worried that a cheaper version of your product will appear on Alibaba in a month. Your concern is valid – we are talking about China, the world’s leading purveyor of counterfeit goods. Who wants to spend the R+D dollars to then have their intellectual property (IP) stolen in a flash? Taking your IP to China will prove much smoother (and less risky) if you partner with a contract manufacturer (CM) who has been around the block a few times.

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Filed Under: Business, China, Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing

How to Implement the PDCA Cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act) [Free Template]

August 04, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Continuous improvement is something all companies (should) strive for but many treat as an abstract concept. To actually achieve a level of continuous improvement, you must have a plan in place – something you can put on paper, execute, evaluate and repeat.

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Filed Under: Business, Entrepreneur

New Water Heater Regulations Save $2 Billion

July 21, 2015 by Andy Reese

On April 16th, 2015, the new water heater energy factor requirement took effect – thanks to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA).

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Do Products "Made in America" Really Matter?

July 07, 2015 by Andy Reese

Take a breath before proceeding. I can see the hackles on your back are raised. You are the coiled rattlesnake ready to strike.  There is no political agenda here, just a few thoughts about the topic.

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Filed Under: Business, Manufacturing

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