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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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    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 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 12, 2018

    Managing Long Lead Time Component Ordering

    Hey, we get it. No one, NO ONE, likes to wait. But there are ways to mitigate the potential delays in ordering electronic assemblies containing long lead time (LLT) components.

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    November 21, 2017

    How Strong Supplier Relationships Add to Your Bottom Line

    Want your business to become more profitable? Is the sky blue? Is grass green? Will the Cubs win the World Series again this year? (Never mind that last question.)

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    April 26, 2017

    5 Tips to Determine Who's In Your Supplier Network

    In your search for a contract manufacturer, you’d be wise to consider the issues of corporate values and ethical business practices. A 2014 Nielsen survey found that 55 percent of global online consumers across 60 countries are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive and environmental...

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