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    October 31, 2018

    6 Things a World-Class Strategic Sourcing Team Must Consider

    Let’s be honest. With a show of hands, when we say strategic sourcing, how many of you think this concept is really just about buying at the cheapest price? While engineers and brand managers get most of the credit for successful new product development and commercialization of product launches, the unsung hero is often the team who wears the...

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    October 24, 2018

    The Right Way to Hand Off Engineering Projects

    Handing engineering projects off to other team members is more than a task – it's a skill, and one that many people undervalue or lack entirely. When saying goodbye to a project, there are a few general guidelines you should follow to ensure a smooth exchange. Below we'll take a look at things to do and mistakes to avoid.

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    October 17, 2018

    The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Designing a new product is as easy as having a killer idea, right? Not right. There is a lot that goes into designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling a new product. Millions of products have failed (take these 12 notorious product flops for instance), and chances are that all of them had at least one of the below mistakes in...

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    October 10, 2018

    Integrating Supply Chain Technology You Can Use Right Now

    Drones in warehouses!

    Robots delivering everything from diapers to pizza!

    Artificial intelligence and augmented reality!

    We’ve all read the breathless accounts of the ways technology is going to be integrated into the supply chain — from ordering materials, to manufacturing, to delivery. But many of those predictions of integrating supply...

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    October 03, 2018

    15 Awesome Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Check Out

    Are you planning to start your own business, but you're not sure you have all the tools you need to make the leap? Look no further – we've done (some of) the work for you. Below is a list of 15 awesomely useful sites every entrepreneur could benefit from. From mentor-matching sites to podcasts about work-life balance for startup founders, we've...

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    September 26, 2018

    It's Time to Start Planning for Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year 2019 begins February 5th. That means, it's time to start planning - TODAY!

    Wait a minute, you say. It's only September, you say. 

    We know, we know. But this is a big deal, and if you're going to escape Chinese New Year (CNY) unscathed, you need to start preparing now. We can feel you comparing us to those folks who hang their...

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    September 19, 2018

    How to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

    When you’re here and your product is over there — wherever “over there” might be — you need supply chain visibility (SCV). An Aberdeen Group report defined SCV as “the awareness of, and control over, specific information related to product orders and physical shipments, including transport and logistics activities and the statuses of events and...

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    September 12, 2018

    10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Contract Manufacturing

    Rather than chalking your competition up as your arch nemesis (or, even worse, to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" status), you can actually learn some useful lessons from them, courtesy of their successes, failures and habits alike. Whether you learn what to do better – or what to avoid at all costs  taking interest in what your competitors are...

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    September 05, 2018

    Practical Ways Engineering Support Benefits Product Development

     When considering the value of engineering support as you go through the process of product development, there’s a great saying to keep in mind:

    Experience is a great teacher, especially someone else’s experience.

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    August 29, 2018

    11 Reasons Your First Production Purchase Order is Late

    You made it through the RFQ process. Through the tooling, sampling and PPAP review. Now your world-changing product is – say it with me – in production. Oh, how good it feels. But don't be too quick to kick off your boots and celebrate. First production orders are notoriously plagued with unexpected delays (mostly minor!) that could throw a...
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