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Prominent Article, but Bad Advice

A major business magazine recommends NOT answering RFQ’s.  What baloney!  We strongly disagree. Proficient Sourcing’s business involves responding to buyers seeking new manufacturing suppliers for custom parts or assemblies.  In most cases the buyer needs a NEW supplier because of any of several situations.  In these cases the buyer depends upon a responsible response to the inquiry, which is usually a drawing, sometimes with specs, and a request for quote. Amazingly, we found an Inc… Read More


Payment Terms – Fair or Large Company Arrogance?

Recently a major US corporation announced a new policy in order to “raise money for investment” in their operations by extending their payment terms to net 90 days. This was heralded by some news outlets as a wise maneuver, and would permit the corporation to invest in new facilities, buyback stock, or some other helpful things. We wonder helpful to who? How about the effect on their suppliers? Not mentioned! This giant company arbitrarily changed… Read More


The Supplier You Need We Can Probably Find–FAST

Proficient Sourcing has a varied and extensive network of experienced and capable job shop suppliers.  You can find a list of our capabilities here. Our claim to fame, in addition to having candidates at the ready is that we can find suppliers FAST.  Here are just a few examples of possible supplier candidates that were NOT in our network at the time. A Texas OEM needed a neighboring supplier for custom aluminum extrusions.  In a… Read More


The Pandemic’s Effect on Manufacturing

Design2Part is a useful organization that sponsors trade shows for small manufacturers, and is an excellent place to find candidates for your outsourcing needs. We have attended several of these shows and have found excellent additions to our network. There is also a quarterly magazine that contains thoughtful articles dealing with different manufacturing interests The August 2020 edition of Design2Part Magazine had a valuable article recounting interviews with several manufacturing and supply chain experts. The… Read More


Why Call Proficient Sourcing?

Over the past few months we have had several complex projects. These projects involved are why procurement professionals or project managers to call Proficient Sourcing seeking solutions to their problems. A specific supplier was desired. We were able to quickly provide credible candidates. In every case the project is proceeding and on schedule. The reason this happens is Proficient Sourcing has a very broad and diverse network of supplier job shops. Not only do these… Read More


How to Find the Right Supplier

We did research on this question, as our particular interest is OEM’s involved with tanks, pressure vessels (see below article), and building large equipment and machinery. At Proficient Sourcing our business is helping you find the right supplier candidates.  We are one answer to our question, and we hope you’ll give us a try. Most of what we found had to do with large organizations. We, on the other hand, offer supplier candidates that are… Read More


Supplier Relationship Management: The Kraljic Model Lives!

Several years ago we discovered the Kraljic model for supplier relationship management, which became a popular newsletter subject.  Proficient Sourcing, offers supplier candidates to OEM procurement professionals without obligation, is particularly interested in improved supplier relationships.  So let’s revisit Kraljic!  A 2017 Forbes article (link at the end of this) elaborates on the value of Kraljic’s Supplier Relationship Management model, and notes this: “Supplier Relationship Management (or SRM) came into life in 1983 when McKinsey… Read More


Simple or Complex Requirements? We’re Here for You!

Proficient Sourcing has a large and thorough network of manufacturing companies available for simple and complex requirements or almost any sourcing issue you might have. An especially good example of the variety of things we can handle occurred recently. We allied with a much larger company that does sourcing for (usually) larger companies and projects than we do. They specialize in finding manufacturing sources in Asia; and recently have done considerable business in Viet Nam…. Read More


RFQ Responses: Storm Clouds on the Horizon!

Post coronovirus, manufacturing should improve across the board in the US.  This means procurement professionals are likely to be seeking new, different, and improved suppliers for outsourced manufacturing.  We foresee frustration in the days ahead. Why is this?  The answer is improved prosperity will exist within the job shop community as well as with OEM’s.  This means the importance of NEW business is lessened.  And, companies are working to accommodate their primary existing customers, who’s… Read More


Proficient Sourcing Can Help You Grow!

We have recently entered into an arrangement with a company that is proving to be extremely useful for all concerned.  The company is experiencing explosive growth and has need for new suppliers for several different types of manufacturing.  It is a perfect fit for Proficient Sourcing. What is all this about? The problem is this company needs several suppliers unlike what they are used to using, and they need several ASAP.   Good news for Proficient… Read More