Procurement

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


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


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


What Proficient Sourcing Can Do For You!

Proficient Sourcing has had interesting projects lately that illustrate how we can help OEM’s looking for supplier candidates. Over the past year or so we have concentrated on providing great supplier candidates for equipment builders and machinery OEM’s, and below are 2 projects in our wheelhouse. Some time ago we were contacted by a European machinery company looking for a gantry milling source. This company was in the process of establishing an assembly plant in… Read More


Want Suppliers Help with Innovation? Just ask!

According to numerous websites and Linkedin groups, developing more sophisticated and innovative supplier relationships is on many OEM buyers’ agendas.  We have a white paper on this very subject. Developing such supplier relationships is probably most common with the most important and large suppliers.  However, this may be opportunity lost.  Many small manufacturing companies are managed by people who are latent inventors, driven internally to diagnose how things work and then how to make them… Read More


The Supplier “Fires” a Customer! New Supplier Needed FAST

Proficient Sourcing exists to help buyers find excellent custom manufacturing suppliers. Occasionally the buyer has issues that impede a good search, and in those cases we can have a very helpful role. Here’s an example: Recently we were contacted to assist a supplier who wanted to “fire” a customer. Ultimately we were able to find an effective solution and the result is all parties are happy. The supplier no longer has a problem customer and… Read More


Overcoming the Salesman’s Advantage

Professional Purchasing had this intriguing article, and we have several observations.  The position of the author is this:  “It is commonly accepted that, all other things being equal, a purchasing agent/buyer is at a disadvantage in negotiation with a salesman”. The relative size and sophistication of buying and selling sides of a situation can be anywhere on the entire scale, so there are doubtless circumstances where the article’s premise is correct.  We believe this would… Read More


Servicing Rotating Machine Components, Motion Control and Drive Train Parts

Proficient Sourcing is focused on machinery and equipment components.  One family of these items consists of processing machinery rolls, gears, gear boxes, journals, self lubricating bearings/bushings, and sprockets.  We have a group of companies that prosper with these sorts of items. Equipment with process rolls, idlers, presses, and carrier rolls may require services such as OD grinding and even hard chrome plating, not to mention repairs.   Here are a couple of articles that deal with… Read More


Help for Hard to Find Manufacturing

In some cases Proficient Sourcing becomes involved with sourcing the difficult.  We have had success doing just that. Most of the sourcing we have done is machining and fabrication work, along with injection molding and foundry work.  However, in some cases we are seeking a supplier for something unusual.  That might be exotic materials or extreme sizes or hard to find processing equipment.  Here are some examples of such sourcing work, all of which resulted… Read More