Next-shoring: Your Manufacturing Future?

The rapid pace of change in a few key areas has reshaped manufacturing strategy.  New developments have led to “next-shoring”, which means locating suppliers and manufacturing facilities near to locations where both customers are as well as sources for innovation.  Innovation, according to most sources, occurs most easily when manufacturing is nearby.  And this became one shortcoming of offshoring. In the recent past, locating manufacturing in low labor cost countries was a high priority.  Recently,… Read More

Impeachment in Procurement?

President Trump’s first few months have been immersed in controversy, and the term “impeachment” often comes up. Apparently, some people seem serious about that. Former Speaker Boehner recently noted that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one, which sounds useful to keep in mind. It’s not a business procedure either, but we found an intriguing and very short piece in the 5/23/17 Next Level Purchasing Association’s blog that recommended creating a contingency plan… Read More

Big Company Profit Growth? Why?

Recently we found a report of profit growth for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 of nearly 14% in the first quarter of 2017. Given the poor overall economic growth (GDP growth was 0.7% in the first quarter—a 3 year low!), there’s the obvious question of what’s going on here? This report from USA Today (link at the bottom) article says that stronger demand for US goods by foreigners is the reason. What follows… Read More

Don’t Answer an RFQ is Advised?

Amazingly, we found an article recommending NOT answering a quote request. This would appear to represent perhaps the worst advice in our situation we’ve ever seen! The article appeared in the March 7, 2013, edition of Inc. magazine, and was also featured in a Linkedin group. The title is “Death by RFP: 7 Reasons Not to Respond”. The first thought in this article is this: “Flattered to be asked to respond to an RFP? You… Read More

Low Cost Innovation—the hidden benefit!

Your suppliers may be a low-cost path to ongoing and effective innovation. Here’s a quote from a thought provoking article from the Procurement Leaders 8/26/14 blog: “Properly managed and incentivized by procurement, suppliers can be a great source of innovation. In fact, in some companies, supplier-initiated innovation happens regularly through such things as suggested design alternatives, alternative manufacturing approaches, even ideas on streamlining internal processes.” If you are fortunate enough to have such a supplier relationship,… Read More

Customized Fabrications: Stairs, Rails and More!

A recent addition to our network of shops is a fabrication shop with complete services for complex and  certified welding of virtually any material.   Another specialty is customized structural products such as cat walks, metal stairs and handrails.   This shop can handle sheet metal work as well as plate/heavy fabrications, and especially those requiring difficult weldments.  Here are just a few examples of the specialized outstanding service available to you: A set of switchback… Read More

Convention of States: More Political Fun Awaits!

A potential political bombshell may be coming to a legislature near you!  A recent article in the Toledo Blade dealt with the Ohio Legislature considering resolutions for a Convention of States.  If successful, this is a move for amending the US Constitution. For several years this convention of states movement has been slowly proceeding.  So far, 10 states have passed such resolutions, with North Dakota the latest.  If Ohio’s actions pass, Ohio would be the… Read More

Minimum Wage: Good Deal…for whom?

Raising the minimum wage appears on the political agenda every now and again.  There are some who believe a major increase in the minimum wage is an important weapon in the inequality battle.   It’s clear the minimum wage, if changed significantly, will have many effects, so what’s the real story? Let’s start with this July 2016 report from Journalist’s Resource: “A 2013 paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, “Revisiting the Minimum Wage-Employment Debate: Throwing… Read More

A Very Large Success Story (Beginning chapter)

Proficient Sourcing exists to find suitable suppliers for buyers, engineers, and anyone else who needs outside manufacturing. We’ve been doing this for some time, and believe we offer a useful service which requires no obligation whatsoever. We also believe we have an unusually wide reach to find excellent sources. Here’s an example of an immediate response to a very complex set of requirements: Recently we were approached by a company which makes equipment for others…. Read More

More Trade Policy Details

Whatever happens with trade policy under this (and future) administrations will profoundly affect us all, both as consumers and manufacturers. For that reason we look for news on trade to pass on, and we welcome your comments in our blog. Last blog post we focused on trade issues confronting steel manufacturers. This time the subject is aluminum. It appears that managing trade rules for basic metals is especially difficult because of the many grades lfor… Read More