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Andy Reese

Andy Reese
Andy Reese leads Marketing and Business Development at East West Manufacturing. Providing strategy and data driven results.
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March 26, 2015

5 Tips to Diversify Your Supply Chain

Diversification of your Supply Chain is the process of removing as much risk as possible.  Yes, cost has its place but if you cannot get product to keep your production line moving than the pennies you saved are now costing you dollars.  Lots of dollars.  Oh, and your boss is really ticked off as well.  Not to mention your customers too!

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March 24, 2015

Strategic Sourcing & Engineering: Friend or Foe?

On the outside both Strategic Sourcing and Engineering have a common goal: Partner with the best supplier possible.  Now defining “best” will have different meanings for the different teams.

Same Goal, Different Meaning

Strategic Sourcing is focused upon factors such as:

  • Competitive Cost
  • Supply Chain Efficiencies
  • Supplier Management Processes
  • ...
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March 19, 2015

3 Quick Ways to Fail Your Made in China, In a Hurry!

If you manufacture in China and want to fail faster than the next boutique cupcake shop in your hometown, follow these quick three tips!

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March 17, 2015

Sand Casting or Die Casting: Which One Is Right For Me?

Sand Casting is the process of forming steel products with a mold made of sand, or silica based products than can packed into a tight mold to create a smooth surface.  Molten metal is poured into mold which sets up fairly quickly.  Engine Blocks, Manifolds, and literally hundreds of metal products are still manufactured this way to.

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March 12, 2015

6 Critical Functions of a World Class Strategic Sourcing Team

Let’s be honest.  With a show of hands, when we say “Strategic Sourcing” how many of you think, “It’s really just about buying at the cheapest price?”

While Engineers, Program and Brand Managers get much of the credit for successful New Product Development and Commercialization of new product launches, the unsung hero is often the team who...

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March 10, 2015

Potential Risks Going from Prototype to Production

It is not uncommon to find out that your prototypes and initial limited production runs are not exactly the same as each other. It could be slight variations in specs, color, dimensional tolerances, improper fit or even performance issues with function.

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March 05, 2015

Post Chinese New Year Hangover

Across many countries in Asia the long Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday (known as Tet in Vietnam) celebrations are over and factories are getting ready to crank back up.

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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 19, 2015

Application Engineers in Short Supply

Spending time at the annual ASHRAE show in Chicago, I noticed there were three immediate trends in the HVACR industries:

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February 05, 2015

From Invention to Production: The Only Thing You Need Is...

Manufacturing... and TIME! More Time that you might think!  One of the most common questions we get is: How long will it take to get into production?

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