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November 17, 2016

7 Advantages to Manufacturing in India That Your Boss May Not Know

It's no secret that manufacturing labor costs are rising in China and the talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some manufacturing operations are returning to the U.S. and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business.  Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages and an ...

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November 10, 2016

12 Ways NOT to Pick a Contract Manufacturing Partner

[Editor’s note: A lack of sarcasm will make reading this post far less enjoyable and potentially dangerous to your global manufacturing career if you follow any one of these.]

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September 08, 2016

How Do I Find the Right Contract Manufacturer?

When aiming to become a world-class seller of premium products, selecting the right contract manufacturer is the most important step. Your ultimate goal should be building a partnership with your manufacturer – a relationship that commands respect and cooperation in both directions. Before setting out on your quest, there are a few steps you...

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August 18, 2016

3 Good Reasons to Switch Manufacturers Now

When we meet new clients who are considering switching to a new contract manufacturer, the reason they are looking typically falls into one of three buckets – cost, quality or service issues. Of course this is far from an exhaustive list, but on the surface these are the most frequent motives driving their consideration to switch manufacturers....

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August 16, 2016

How Much Will It Cost to Manufacture My Product?

As a global contract manufacturer, we get asked a whole lot of questions, but one is more common than all the rest. Hands down, the most asked question is: "How much will it cost to manufacture my product?" This probably isn't too surprising, since most big decisions come down to cost in the end. The answer is a good ol' catch-22: simple,...

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July 21, 2016

2016 Contract Manufacturing Industry Trends Update -- Were We Right?

We are guilty – like everyone else – for spinning out our "top three trends for the coming year” each December (see our 2016 contract manufacturing industry trends here) as the old year winds down and we prepare for a new year with fresh growth goals and objectives. The thing is, it's much easier to speculate about trends than it is to hold...

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July 19, 2016

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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July 07, 2016

RFx Management: Understanding the Difference Between RFI, RFP and RFQ

It's a common mistake among procurement newbies to use the acronyms RFQ and RFP interchangeably. Throw in RFI, and things really start to get hairy. Understanding the nuances that distinguish these different types of requests (for information, proposal and quote) will help you get what you need a little faster and more easily, and that's...

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June 23, 2016

The Power of Private Labeling

Private labeling is on the rise as companies attempt to improve their bottom lines and create loyal customer bases. According to the latest data from Nielsen, total sales of private label products were a whopping $115.3 billion in 2014.

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May 26, 2016

5 Ways to Guarantee Brand Protection in a World of Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeiting is a detrimental reality across many segments, from fashion, to automotive, to the medical industry. In the manufacturing sector, we're exposed to a crippling amount of phony electronic parts. According to a 2013 IndustryWeek article, "reports show consumer and industrial businesses are losing approximately $250 billion each year...

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