Manufacturing

Covid-19 Pandemic Exposes US Supply Chain Weaknesses!

We have tried to stay tuned to global supply chain developments, especially the US relationship with China during the Covid-19 pandemic as it exposes more weaknesses.  With most sophisticated OEM’s supply chains linked to some non-American source, such developments could have colossal effects for years to come. This sounds like an incredibly difficult diplomatic situation.  How this turns out could have major effects on our supplies from China, and also other countries affected by the… Read More


US Supply Chains: Weaknesses Exposed by the Covid-19 Pandemic

We have all witnessed the chaos in supplying critical medical supplies during the past few months of the covid 19 pandemic, especially in and around New York.  Why has this supply chain issue been such a problem for the US?  After all, we were the #1 manufacturing country in the world for the past 100 years until just the last few years! Political leaders are quick to say this is something we need to fix,… 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


Coronavirus and … you?

If your supply of manufactured items includes China, the coronavirus is probably on your mind. Everyone with a pulse seems to have heard of and is concerned about the coronavirus. Originating in China, companies shut, vacations and holidays extended, and the exact number of those affected growing. Death rates are not clear, but we heard tonight maybe 10-12 deaths have occurred in the US. Is your supply chain affected? Airline schedules are postponing/cancelling flights to… 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


It’s All About the Relationship

The May, 2016 Medical Product Outsourcing has a thought provoking article well worth highlighting.  This article explores the present blossoming community of collaborations and relationships between medical device OEM’s and their suppliers, and why this is occurring.  This newsletter summarizes several points from this article. Proficient Sourcing has some experience in this market, and medical device OEM’s have concerns in many ways similar to those of aerospace, automotive, pharma, and some DOD OEM’s.  The problem… Read More


Another Economic Forecast

On November 6 we attended the Barnes-Dennig (Cincinnati CPA firm focused on manufacturing) annual Manufacturing Seminar.  The presentation was “Economic Enlightment” by Dr. Alan Beaulieu of  ITR Economics.  You can further investigate ITR from the website in the above article.  ITR uses what we understand is an advanced methodology of leading indicators for delivering an accurate economic forecast.  They claim supurb accuracy, and history seems to bear them out. From the ITR website about Dr…. Read More