Direct Fulfillment, Distribution, Logistics

Five tips for negotiating contracts in China

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When outsourcing OEM programs to EMS providers most OEMs know what good contracts need with regards to quality and delivery, inventory… But for contracts with Chinese EMS providers I suggest these important additional considerations.
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ERP system selection and reducing time to ROI

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Master data defines your business model in ERP. If you need a supply chain with short predictable lead-times, but have deep bills of materials, rigid configurations, long component lead-time, combined with detailed costing and production routings, implementing ERP will force your business into a confrontation with your product data structure.
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How the cloud and globalization are shaping ERP functionality in electronics manufacturing

As electronics manufacturers look to expand globally, they are also looking at the cloud, security, two-tier strategies, and customization. Software providers like Plex Systems, SAP, Microsoft, Sage, NetSuite and others ERP platform vendors are taking their interests and concerns to heart.
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Ways electronics sourcing, planning drives supply chain management

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Effective enterprise resource planning (ERP) is important so I highlight some industry best practices for specific materials-focused functional groups within providers, along with key responsibilities (and some of the challenges these groups face) that can have a direct impact on effective materials management.
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Everything you need to know about program management for outsourcing electronics manufacturing

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Stop losing money. Learn what’s important to EMS providers in OEM-EMS relationships and manage manufacturing supply chain operations more effectively. The following examples are from recent, actual working engagements with program management teams inside EMS providers. Engagements focused on improving program management sense of urgency while paying closer attention to managing the profit center in OEM customer programs.
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9 Key differences when sourcing EMS v. ODM suppliers

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Cost reductions are typically different in EMS models compared to ODM. As with most companies, the more you know the more power you have to influence.
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Ways OEMs can use RFQs to manage EMS providers and material costs

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Some of the most effective RFQs I have seen or participated in from an OEM perspective had many similarities and shared a common theme as an RFQ package bridging the search for an EMS provider with establishing the principle tenants of the supply agreement.
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From Starbucks to Foxconn: A competitive supply chain is more than just lowering operations cost and inventories

Gene Tyworth, Ph.D., chairman for the department of supply chain and information systems (SC&IS) at Penn State Smeal College of Business talks with VentureOutsource.com about the skill gaps in today’s supply chain managers and which important knowledge areas tomorrow’s supply chain leaders should focus on. Plus, much more…
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AVL segmentation part of CPO strategy for competitive supply chain management

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Chief procurement officers (CPO) learn to segment company AVLs to better manage global, regional and local vendors in core, emerging and niche markets.
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80 Metrics to focus EMS provider materials management and increase EMS profits

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The electronics manufacturing services (EMS) business can be a zero-sum game for many EMS providers given many EMS providers often take on new OEM programs at a loss or, in some best case scenarios, with hopes just to break-even until cost-savings can be designed into products and manufacturing efficiencies can start to take hold.
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