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March 03, 2015

Manufacturing in China: Not All PR is Good PR!

PT Barnum is attributed with a quote all marketers know and love; “I don’t care what you say about me as long as you spell my name right.”  Most of the time that is very true.  However, the recent CBS “60 Minutes” report that some of Lumber Liquidators Chinese made laminate floors may be in violation of health and safety standards due to...

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February 24, 2015

Jeff Sweeney, East West EVP, Featured on Inc.com

Our own Jeff Sweeney was featured in a recent Inc. article about the recent West Coast port situation on Feburary 17, 2015. Click here to view the original article.

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February 03, 2015

Contract Manufacturing was Then, Global Manufacturing is Now!

Contract Manufacturing used to be defined as simply one company fabricating a product for another. They would make it and ship it. Period.  That model worked for many years but now the process has changed to push contract manufacturers to become valued suppliers.  Over the years the term ‘outsourcing’ has become synonymous with contract...

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January 29, 2015

Chinese New Year and Port Congestion: The Perfect Storm

What happens when you mix a looming shutdown of one of the largest exporters in the world along with a labor shortage at U.S. ports? You get the Perfect Storm of a catastrophic logistical mess!

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January 27, 2015

Cheap Oil Prices Are Just One Factor in the Onshore/Offshore Debate

Will cheap oil prices (Energy) drive more companies to move production back to the US?  Or how much more does it cost companies to keep manufacturing in the U.S?  That is the real question!

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January 22, 2015

A Manufacturer's Dilemma: To Outsource or Not Outsource? [Infographic]

Being a manufacturing company in today's ever-changing global economy is tough. There's always been a huge debate on whether manufacturing offshore is the right thing to do or whether manufacturing companies should be creating jobs here in the U.S. for Americans. East West has outlined our stance on off-shoring vs. on-shoring and the option we...

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December 23, 2014

Right-Shoring: Where is the Best Place to Manufacture?

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! As the year comes to a close, we thought we'd highlight one of our favorite blog posts of the year. East West's Co-Founder and Executive VP, Jeff Sweeney, was featured on Manufacturing.net authoring the topic of "Right-Shoring." Read on for his take on the best place to manufacture goods. 

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December 11, 2014

3 Contract Manufacturing Industry Trends to Plan for in 2015

Contract manufacturers have learned to be flexible and nimble to adapt to the new business environment that ALL manufacturers work in.  Cost pressures, customer service challenges, OEM demands, and competition from around the corner to around the globe are here to stay. 

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December 02, 2014

5 Ways to Ensure Counterfeit Protection

The counterfeit business is good.  An Industry Week article notes that it be costing industrial businesses and consumers like you and me $250 Billion, each year!  This is 10 Million, $100 bills, or 12 Pallets for just ONE Billion.  Or 3,000 pallets of $100 bills for $250 Billion.  Annually!

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November 13, 2014

Quote Fatigue: When a RFQ Goes Round and Round

If you have been involved in global contract manufacturing for more than a few months inevitably you will hear the words, “Quote Fatigue.”  Quote Fatigue is when happens when a prospect submits an RFQ (Request for Quote) to a manufacturer for pricing, then another, then another, then another, without the manufacturer securing any new business.

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