Supply Chain

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Selecting the Right EMS Partner: Strategies in Cost Containment and Success

As an OEM, you embark on an exciting new project. You’ve hired an external engineering design firm to conceptualize your innovative product idea. After being presented with a proposal, you approve it but you decide to oversee the manufacturing directly with a local electronic manufacturing service (EMS) partner. With a predetermined budget in place, you …

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Shipping Delays Persist Thanks to Container Imbalance and Other Factors

As the world begins to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a lot of pent-up shopping demand. People saved their money at record-breaking rates, and now they’re ready to start spending again. Unfortunately, the massive desire for goods that originate in China is putting additional strain on an already taut supply chain – and all that …

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Is Consolidating your Supply Chain the Right Move for Your Company?

In these unprecedented times, the microscope is on procurement managers to deal with rapidly evolving changes in the supply chain. Longer transit times and increased freight costs, coupled with the recent trend of rising component prices and a constrained supply of parts are undoubtedly causing stress for buyers and commodity managers. With most of these …

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2021: A Year of Unprecedented Challenges for the Electronics Manufacturing Industry

Components Shortages and Other Challenges Face the Electronics Manufacturing Industry Today   One of the results of the pandemic is that the intricacies of the global supply chain have been thrust  into plain view of the public. Whether it’s the empty shelves in grocery stores last spring, hard-to-find bathroom tissue and disinfecting wipes, or the …

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Why It’s Important to Have “Boots on the Ground” for Your China-based Manufacturing Project

When manufacturing overseas, it’s wise to choose a contract manufacturing partner that has in-country personnel to oversee your project. This may sound basic and obvious, but not every contract manufacturer or North American support partner can guarantee that they have team members, or even close partnerships with facilities, in China. Here’s why it’s important. 1. …

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‘Slidings’ Replacing Blank Voyages as Ocean Carriers Stretch Shipping Transit Times

Even as the holiday shipping rush comes to an end, most North America ports, particularly on the West Coast, are still reporting long delays related to the unloading of cargo ships. Vessels are frequently spending several days anchored just off the coast, awaiting a berthing spot. At the same time, warehouses near the ports, which …

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