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EMS fallacy of optimizing materials cost of goods sold (MCOGs)

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Contrary to popular EMS industry belief, nearly every EMS provider today does not purchase components and materials using procurement economies of scale (volume), across multiple customer programs, in an effort to achieve lower MCOGs for your OEM customer program. The …
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Strip mall ownership of a high tech industry

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EMS manufactureres create cozy relationships sub-contracting with third-party EMS providers, often without the OEM cusomter knowing their program and IP are exposed.
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Mexico, Canada dependent on US trade, Brexit, and China independence

Graph displays some reasoning behind the UK’s Brexit with the European Union, USA leverage with Canada and Mexico for NAFTA, and China trade tariffs.
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How manufacturing supply chains free up working capital and increase profitability

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OEMs drive EMS manufacturing workflow accuracy and increase profitability asking these questions.
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China electronic manufacturing tariffs, USA reshoring, Vietnam, Philippines, Mexico

Some EMS providers are forecasting direct labor in Mexico will be 30% cheaper than direct labor in China in five years. Vietname direct labor is also changing.
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EMS manufacturer distribution networks waste time quoting OEM RFQs

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It is possible for OEM customers to demand accurate quotes from EMS firms, with rationalized BOMs even for complex programs, and feel confident EMS providers have exhausted all component alternatives that meet program specs.
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Contract manufacturing radio frequency (RF), microwaves drive testing equipment outsourcing decisions

Quality contract electronics solutions partners with RF expertise help OEM decision makers design and manufacture modular testing equipment.
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Tier-2 EMS provider is a small-to-medium business (SMB)

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OEM manufacturing professionals use this questionnaire to drive manufacturing supplier accountability, workflow accuracy, timeliness, and executions to your standards.
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Why Tony Stark doesn’t scrub hardware BOMs and neither should you

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Artificial intelligence helping OEMs determine should cost quote pricing, and materials pricing and availability, more accurately and faster than EMS providers.
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Industrial HazLoc, intrinsic safety drives European manufacturing executives

One common theme for each, recent OEM program inquiry above is they all come from European companies positioning themselves to offset EU regional and global economic challenges. 
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