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Coronavirus and Your Supply Chain

What is happening to our customers? While manufacturers may be in conditions varying from complete lockdown to full operations, the state of the overall economy means life as we knew it is no more. Beyond cash flow, primary worries must include the condition of our customers and the state of our supply chains. At least the resumption of “normal” busiiness is now scheduled for most places to begin on May 1. Those of us in… Read More


Starting Up After Virus Limitations

We do not know what operating conditions currently exist in our reader’s companies. We just heard the latest week’s unemployment numbers, and expect similar to be the case for the next few weeks. Eventually we’ll all start up incrementally or full bore again, but what will our world look like? Here are a few thoughts about the virus limitations, and we would greatly appreciate your comments to our blog. If you are curtailing operations, your… Read More


Coronavirus: What’s the Future of our China Relationship?

We’re in the midst of a world-wide event with the coronavirus, unlike anything we’ve seen before. But it will end, and then what will our relationship with China look like? Our current emphasis on equipment and machinery OEM’s hasn’t seen much change yet, but it’s very early. Hard to imagine anyone who’s customer and supply base hasn’t been affected or won’t be shortly. Let’s all hang tough and work to stand tall when all this… Read More


Procurement Practices Contributing to Supplier Performance Problems? Can it be True?

Proficient Sourcing’s business is providing good supplier candidates to OEM’s, and especially machinery/equipment builders, which makes this article from our archives relevant today.   See if this applies to you! Do any of these apply to you and your company? OEMs are trying to become more flexible in order to respond more rapidly to market conditions and opportunities. They are relying more heavily on their suppliers to perform manufacturing operations formerly done in-house. At the same… Read More


Sophisticated Supplier Qualifications – We Are Working on 2

Last newsletter we shared an article concerning potential supply chain disruptions arising from coronavirus in China. Lately we’re heard both Apple and Walmart are experiencing major problems. We heard a radio report that aspirin’s price in India has risen 400%, again due to China supply problems. Apparently almost all drugs now are made in China, so who knows where all this is going, but it does not sound good. We at Proficient Sourcing have a variety… Read More


Complex Supplier Qualifications – We Can Help!

If your new supplier qualifications are complex and involve non disclosures, equipment lists, capability statements and similar documentation before permitting quotes, we often help to make this MUCH easier. Proficient Sourcing frequently discusses projects with potential customers concerned about security of the information to be exchanged. Because we have a special interest in machinery and equipment, there is often concern about disclosures to competitors. This is obviously true for other kinds of work such as… Read More


US Energy: Some Thoughts and Happy New Year to All!

For our first Newsletter effort of 2020 let’s start with a subject of great significance — US energy. Since one of the major advantages of US manufacturing is cheap and abundant energy, it’s an especially important subject for those of us relying on machinery. While we claim no special expertise, we believe there are several important issues to keep in mind as we move forward, and we welcome corrections/comments to our blog. President Trump reported… Read More


Good News for the Year-End

Most businesses we know are winding down for the holidays, and we wish a Happy Holidays to all.  For our final newsletter in 2019, we found a summary of the year’s manufacturing performance, which we present for your consideration.  And optimism, we hope! We use the Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI).  It seems as good a measure as any other, and usually there’s a concise report that gives a good explanation. A definition:  “In… Read More


Timely Delivery of Quality Products – A Shared Responsibility

We were scrolling through a number of procurement discussions and found several that dealt with the factors that make a good supplier. Among the most frequently noted is timely delivery of product made to specifications. We are in total agreement; a history of good performance is one criteria for our network. However, this can be a shared responsibility, not just a supplier factor. A good performing supplier strives for perfect quality and on-time shipments each… Read More


High Speed Custom Fabrications – Product Rollouts, Displays, Merchandisers

You require a large quantity of  custom structures for a product rollout, display, or a tubing-sheet metal, painted fabrication.   Would this need be helped by in-house engineering, design, high speed comprehensive manufacturing and even the possibility of inventory help?  Are project management, rapid prototyping and presentation assistance also desireable?  Finally, does the project involve ease of installation on site? We feature a company specializing in such high volume fabrication work.  Their particular focus is on… Read More