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Contract Manufacturing Product Pricing | Factors to Consider

March 09, 2017 by Andy Reese

When a contract manufacturer sends you a quote, there are three typical responses.

  1. Wow, that’s a bargain!!!
  2. Eh, that’s about what I expected.
  3. THAT MUCH!! Are you kidding me?!

Whatever the reaction, a good contract manufacturer can provide you a costed bill of material (BOM) so you know which categories are driving your cost.

So, what are the key categories? Glad you asked.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Pricing

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis: A Key Differentiator

January 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’re a company with an air- or water-moving product looking for a contract manufacturer (CM) to help take your design from prototype to market. There are plenty of companies out there willing to help you. But how do you sort through them? What differentiators should you look for?

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, CFD Analysis

Why Should You Use a Contract Manufacturer with a UL-Certified Lab?

January 10, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Safety and quality. If those two words aren’t at the top of every product manufacturer’s checklist there’s a problem. But who’s in charge of monitoring, testing and pronouncing everything A-Okay? That’s where Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) comes in.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, UL Certification

Contract Manufacturing Trends to Watch for in 2017

December 15, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

If 2016 has taught us anything it’s that making predictions can be tricky business. Who knew at the beginning of the 2016 baseball season that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series?

 

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7 Advantages to Manufacturing in India That Your Boss May Not Know

November 17, 2016 by Andy Reese

It's no secret that manufacturing labor costs are rising in China and the talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some manufacturing operations are returning to the U.S. and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business.  Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages and an increasing infrastructure, but there are other advantages to manufacturing in India that you can share with your boss.

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Filed Under: India, Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing

12 Ways NOT to Pick a Contract Manufacturing Partner

November 10, 2016 by Andy Reese

[Editor’s note: A lack of sarcasm will make reading this post far less enjoyable and potentially dangerous to your global manufacturing career if you follow any one of these.]

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Exploring Contract Manufacturing? Know Your 5 Points of Contact

October 11, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

Okay, you’ve decided it’s time to sign on with a contract manufacturer. Maybe you’ve even identified the right one. We’ve compiled a list of the five most basic points of contact any customer should have with their manufacturer, from the initial communication through the entire process.

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How Do I Find the Right Contract Manufacturer?

September 08, 2016 by Andy Reese

When aiming to become a world-class seller of premium products, selecting the right contract manufacturer is the most important step. Your ultimate goal should be building a partnership with your manufacturer – a relationship that commands respect and cooperation in both directions. Before setting out on your quest, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure you're carrying your weight and are prepared to engage in a meaningful discussion.

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3 Good Reasons to Switch Manufacturers Now

August 18, 2016 by Andy Reese

When we meet new clients who are considering switching to a new contract manufacturer, the reason they are looking typically falls into one of three buckets – cost, quality or service issues. Of course this is far from an exhaustive list, but on the surface these are the most frequent motives driving their consideration to switch manufacturers. If you're feeling pain in one or more of these three categories, it could be the right time for you to contemplate making a change as well.

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How Much Will It Cost to Manufacture My Product?

August 16, 2016 by Andy Reese

As a global contract manufacturer, we get asked a whole lot of questions, but one is more common than all the rest. Hands down, the most asked question is: "How much will it cost to manufacture my product?" This probably isn't too surprising, since most big decisions come down to cost in the end. The answer is a good ol' catch-22: simple, yet complex all the while.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Contract Manufacturing

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