Make ideas into products at any volume.
I was negotiating a deal with a new customer. The size of the order was large enough we could not meet the demand. We could manufacture and assemble all the custom parts.
The purchased components had high costs and long lead times. In some cases, we used more of the product than was widely available in the US.
I told the customer I would get on a plane, fly to China, and source the components. No distributors. No resellers. We would create a better supply chain to deliver what they needed.
A week later, I was in China.
Why did I offer this?
How did I know I could do it?
I had already built a skill and understanding and process for sourcing. I made products with suppliers all over the world.
Move beyond tinkering. Move past prototyping. Create quality products at volume.
Define the product and service you need. Suppliers offering single manufacturing processes are different from contract manufacturers. The right supplier can produce your product in one place.
Searching Alibaba or ThomasNet is how most people find manufacturers.
We have a next level tactic giving better results in far less time. Finding manufacturing suppliers can be easier.
Good manufacturing companies are hard to find. Most suppliers are not flashy on social media. The business owners do not create massive brands. Vetting factories requires a process.
Working with overseas manufacturers or people down the road is not as simple as demanding they make stuff. It also is not as complicated as corporate supply chain management want it to be.
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