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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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Recent Posts

June 21, 2016

Gravity Casting and Forging 101

When selecting a process to produce a metal component, chances are a buyer will come across a staggering range of manufacturing methods to consider. Casting and forging are the most prevalent metalworking process for steel and iron products. Each metal manufacturing method offers its own pros, cons, capabilities and cost implications. Below we'll...

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May 24, 2016

13 Motivational Quotes for Design and Manufacturing

Feeling uninspired, defeated, or just need a boost? Get your groove back with these 13 motivational quotes from some of the greatest players in manufacturing and design. Sometimes all we need is a little pick-me-up (and maybe some tough love) to hop back on that metaphorical horse. The main takeaway from the below insights is pretty simple, after...

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April 28, 2016

Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Times of Crisis

We published a piece recently discussing supply chain crises and how to anticipate and plan for them. (Missed this post? You can check it out here.) Today we're following up on this topic with specific questions to ask your organization to determine if you're actually equipped to handle a disaster, as well as the leadership skills needed to...

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April 19, 2016

How to Anticipate and Survive a Supply Chain Disaster

Heard of Murphy’s Law? Don’t worry, it’s not likely that everything will go wrong, but you should be prepared for unanticipated or unplanned crises. It may be every SCM's worst nightmare, but all is not lost if you actually have a plan in place! You'd probably be surprised by how few companies have contingency plans drawn up for dealing with such...

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March 31, 2016

Beyond Nest: 9 Ways IoT is Reshaping the HVAC Industry

When you think of the Internet of Things and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, what first comes to mind? It might be the infamous Nest Learning Thermostat, the first connected heating and cooling system of its kind. IoT's reach extends far beyond residential applications, whether you realize it or not. The Internet of...

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March 03, 2016

Best Expedited Shipping Options from Asia to the US

We've all been there: needing something to deliver in record time, then realizing, with a cringe, that expedited shipping comes at a pretty premium. But sometimes it simply must be done. This often happens on a much larger scale when buyers need product in a jiffy. The situation becomes a bit more complex when the goods are literally on the other...

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February 09, 2016

11 Tips to Reduce International Logistics Costs

As you may or may not know, shipping goods internationally can get to be incredibly expensive, but there are ways to save money while ensuring your goods make it from point A to point B on time and intact. Keep reading to delve into our top 11 tips to start reducing your international logistics costs immediately.

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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 best...

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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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November 12, 2015

Value Chain Analysis Can Save Your Company

Seriously. If you haven’t taken the time to perform a Value Chain Analysis, you could be missing major opportunities to add value for your customers and increase your competitive advantage. Value Chain Analysis (VCA) is a strategic process in which a company identifies the activities that add value to its final product or service and then...
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