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    March 13, 2018

    How Will the New Tariffs Affect My Business?


    Tariffs are in the news, and you might be asking yourself: how will the new tariffs affect my business?  

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    July 28, 2016

    Top 10 Lessons in Offshore Manufacturing (from a Manufacturing VP)

    Taking production overseas can be intimidating. Daunting. Downright scary! We get it. Lucky for you, we've done the dirty work. As a contract manufacturer, East West has learned countless lessons over the course of our 15 years in the game, and we're ready to share the knowledge. Take it from us it pays to keep calm and carry on (as our...

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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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    May 03, 2016

    When to Consider Manufacturing Offshore: A Manufacturing CEO's Insight

    We could go on and on debating the pros and cons of moving some or all of your manufacturing operations offshore. Because it's true – like with most decisions in life – that there are both pros and cons to this move. So, when thinking about moving offshore, how do you know when is the right time? One prospective customer posed this very...

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    November 17, 2015

    Right-Shoring: Where is the Best Place to Manufacture?

    In the great debate of off-shoring, on-shoring, re-shoring and whatever-else-shoring, East West has historically taken the right-shoring approach. Below is an article written by our co-founder and executive vice president, Jeff Sweeney, that was featured on Manufacturing.net in August 2014. Read on for his take on the best place to manufacture...

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    September 08, 2015

    10 Factors to Consider When Entering a New Market

    If you are building a global supply chain, arbitrage should already be in your vocabulary. You may think of it as right-shoring or simply strategically sourcing to take advantage of lower costs in areas where your choice raw materials run rampant. Or maybe you aren't so familiar with the term or the strategy behind arbitrage. Either way,...
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    July 23, 2015

    3 Tips for Painless Supplier Agreements

    There are two simple truths I’ve learned in manufacturing: (1) the larger the company, the smaller the NDA.  Why? They have an office building somewhere with more attorneys on hand (or within reach) than most global manufacturing companies would care to count.  And (2) the larger the OEM, the longer the supply agreement.

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    June 23, 2015

    3 Pitfalls of Manufacturing Overseas

    When you work with manufacturers who actually manufacture overseas, you are fortunate to experience perspective. It’s easy to draw conclusions from think tanks, management consultants and not-for-profit white papers about shifts in global manufacturing trends, but the reality is that funded article was drafted with a preconceived notion in mind.

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    April 28, 2015

    6 Benefits of Manufacturing Offshore: Part 2

    Are you ready for round TWO of “6 Benefits of Offshore Manufacturing”? If you missed part one of this post, don’t panic! You can find it right HERE.

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    April 21, 2015

    6 Benefits of Manufacturing Offshore: Part 1

    So you are thinking about moving your production offshore, but you aren’t entirely convinced that the benefits outweigh the risks. According to global strategy and management consultant A.T. Kearney’s 2014 Reshoring Index®, offshore manufacturing by U.S. corporations surpassed “reshoring” efforts in 2014. Here are some key benefits of taking...

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