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Keys to cost reductions for outsourcing electronics in China

Tips on cost negotiations for contract EMS manufacturing in China and ways to achieve cost reductions with your EMS provider partners.
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Concerns and tips for outsourcing electronics to China

Here are some dos and don’ts in choosing an electronics outsourcing manufacturing partner in China.
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Objectivity and the electronics manufacturing rep

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Human nature makes it easy for us to often avoid the difficult analysis. Just as water travels the path of least resistance, many people tend to make decisions based more on familiarity and emotions. This often means we choose a provider because of a ‘relationship’ and not because one provider is better qualified than the other to manage an OEM program.
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EMS Request for proposals (RFP) that win OEM programs

Framework from which an EMS provider seeking an OEM outsourcing program from a potential customer can follow when submitting an RFP to the OEM.
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Nine key points help OEMs negotiate better contract service agreements with EMS providers

Senior operations executive and GlobalNet member Steve Linahan writes how EMS providers live and die by purchase price variances (PPV). In the article, Steve talks about OEM-EMS contract service agreements and how EMS providers use elaborate cost v. price methods, or activity based costing…
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Top five mistakes OEMs make with EMS providers

Economic uncertainty in the current global environment is forcing OEMs to turn their current business models upside down just to survive. Learn from these 5 common OEM mistakes and avoid ruining your OEM-EMS relationship.
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VIDEO – Apple supply chain transparency and supplier responsibility must also influence public opinion

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VIDEO – Apple’s first fiscal quarter earnings, which were just released, more than doubled (+118%) from the same period one year ago. One could easily say things are under control. Apple takes a seat at the table of public opinion with both hands visible and palms facing upward – its body language clearly indicating a willingness to cooperate – while citing numerous violations and areas of concern.
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VIDEO – Silicon Valley unofficial mayor talks pancakes, Steve Jobs, startups and pouring millions into ideas

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VIDEO – A creative and whacky look at the place to have a power breakfast in Silicon Valley. Leaders and innovators, how the Valley got to where it is today – and where its headed.
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5 steps for better electronics supply chain AVLs

These 5 steps help you get important info to better analyze your suppliers to improve your electronics AVL and supply chain performance.
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Why I believe the outsourcing trend is reversing

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Three events occurred in the last four years changing technology development and manufacturing that, combined, created an environment where new nations are emerging as potential providers of outsource services, former manufacturing nations like the US are being flocked back to, and current providers of outsource services are outsourcing themselves.
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