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    June 14, 2018

    6 Biggest Mistakes When Selecting a Contract Manufacturer

    We get it.

    Finding the right manufacturer for your project is tough. Do you stay in the U.S. or go overseas? Do you need to work with a design service team? How much is it all going to cost? It's cheaper in China, right? Can't I just find someone on Alibaba to do it all?


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    May 31, 2018

    Items to Include in an NPI Checklist

    If you thought the new product development process was going to be a walk in the park, you might need to take a look at a survey conducted by Gartner in 2017. The survey questioned CEOs about the success of new product introduction, and the numbers were sobering. 

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    May 15, 2018

    Contract Manufacturing Product Pricing | Factors to Consider

    We can do a lot of things but giving people “ballpark” estimates of how much it would cost to make their product without knowing any of the details isn’t one of them. And yet, you might be surprised to learn how often we’re asked to do that very thing.

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    May 10, 2018

    Making Sourcing Decisions Based on Total Cost of Ownership

    You make a product in China. You went it alone. You found someone on the internet and they promised they could manufacture your product to your standards in the time required for the lowest price. 

    Unfortunately, they also made an absolute hash of it.

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    May 03, 2018

    Providing Helpful Feedback on Preproduction Samples

    There are few moments as thrilling as when you receive the first samples of your product. And while you might think "Whew! At last!" it’s really just the beginning.

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    April 24, 2018

    Questions for a Supplier Evaluation Checklist: Assessing Your Supplier


    You’ve found your contract manufacturer! YAY!

    But that manufacturer is only as good as its weakest link. It’s up to you to know all about the companies supplying your manufacturer. It’s time for supplier evaluations, and we've got a list of questions for a supplier evaluation checklist.

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    April 19, 2018

    Why Use a Contract Manufacturer with Design Services Capability?

    You have a product design or prototype, or maybe you have a product that’s already being produced in need of a redesign. Before you can even think about the manufacturing particulars — where it will be made, who will make it, what manufacturing process will be used, material, price, distribution — you have to get the design nailed down.

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    April 17, 2018

    Looking for an EMS Supplier? Here's What You Need to Know

    Lower cost. That's the goal of every sourcing or procurement manager, right? Well, it's certainly one goal. But how is cost measured? How great is a cheaper part or component if you can't get it on time or it isn't up to spec? 

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    April 10, 2018

    Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: What to Do Now

    April 05, 2018

    Why Your CM Should Use a Customer Onboarding Process

    Plenty of companies use “onboarding” processes when adding new employees, but does your manufacturer use the same type of process with its new customers? They should.

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