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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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    July 10, 2018

    How to Implement a Successful Global Sourcing Strategy

    I have this image of a sourcing manager talking to a supplier with the conversation going something like this, “I don’t have extruded aluminum right now, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me have the aluminum...

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    June 12, 2018

    Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) When Strategic Sourcing: A Necessary Evil

    Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?

    No?

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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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