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    February 26, 2019

    EVT v. DVT v. PVT Explained

    It probably won’t come as a surprise that engineers love their acronyms. If you’re not fully immersed in this world, it can become increasingly difficult to decode what may sound like a foreign language, and while we can’t explain every abbreviation you may come across in one blog post, we’re going to start by discussing the differences between...

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    February 18, 2019

    Benefits of Nearshore Manufacturing: Costa Rica

    Once the decision has been made to manufacture outside of the United States, the next major question that needs to be answered is: if not here, where? China has long since been the default answer for many companies, but with increased tariffs, rising labor rates and lengthy transit time, some are considering nearshore as their first choice and...

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    February 11, 2019

    Teeing It Up: How Contract Manufacturers Are Like Caddies

    January 23, 2019

    Your Complete Guide to Lead Times

    It’s everywhere. You can’t escape it. Lead time, lead time, lead time! You’ve heard it repeatedly, but has anyone taken the time to explain to you exactly what lead time is and what goes into it?

    Don’t fret, we’re here to help. It’s a complex beast, but we’ll do our best to break it down so it even makes sense to those who are just getting...

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    January 16, 2019

    A Manufacturer's Guide to International Holidays

    We talk a lot on this blog about Chinese New Year and for good reason! It’s a major multi-week holiday that puts production at a complete standstill, and if companies do not properly prepare, it could cause major headaches.

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    April 10, 2018

    Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: What to Do Now

    April 03, 2018

    How Do I Manage Shipping Lead Times in Overseas Manufacturing?

    March 20, 2018

    Purchase Order Confirmation Process: Good In, Good Out

    You're excited! You've placed your first purchase order (PO) with your contract manufacturer. But what happens next?

    We're glad you asked that. We have a couple resources to answer your questions about what happens during the purchase order confirmation process and why you might experience delays in confirmation. 

    First let's look at the...

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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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    March 01, 2018

    How to Overcome Language Barriers When Manufacturing Overseas

    Have you ever traveled to a country where the residents don't speak your language? Trying to make yourself understood and trying to understand someone else when neither of you is speaking your native language is hard enough when you're a tourist trying to find a museum, a good restaurant or the bathroom. Imagine trying to develop a product with...

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