RFQ

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


Low Cost Innovation – The Hidden Benefit!

Your suppliers can be a low cost source of ongoing and effective innovation.  In fact, in some companies, supplier-initiated innovation happens regularly through such things as suggested design alternatives, different manufacturing approaches, and even ideas on streamlining internal processes. If you are fortunate enough to have such a supplier relationship, you may experience innovation more economical than internal R&D departments and engineering initiatives.  But how do you discover such a supplier, and then encourage such… Read More


Memo to Equipment and Machinery OEM’s!

We at Proficient Sourcing wish all a Happy New Year, and especially to equipment and machinery OEM’s. Our mission is to provide candidates for your outsourced manufacturing, and we have an especially capable group of metalworking companies very experienced in making machinery and equipment parts of all sorts. If you have a serious interest, we invite you to investigate our capabilities.  The idea here is to give you a place to go for candidates, without… Read More


RFQ’s to new suppliers — getting good responses?

We experience new inquiries continuously and believe results for all sides could be improved.  People exploring new suppliers with RFQ’s may not get the response desired.  Suppliers may no-bid an inquiry, despite the fact that the work would be an excellent fit.  Why is this? As the economy improves, it’s a rising tide that raises (almost) all boats.  What this means is the potentially new suppliers have less time to fully consider new customer requirements. … Read More


RFQ Responses – Storm Clouds on the Horizon!

As manufacturing improves across the board in the US, 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 prosperity exists 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 business is also enjoying prosperity. Proficient… Read More


Tolerances: Do They Match Your Needs?

On rare occasions we see inquiries requiring tolerances that raise questions. Requiring excessively precise work means higher cost and the exclusion of potential suppliers. We recently chose not to bid on a fabrication requiring extreme precision. Perhaps that degree of precision is needed, but it also may be a case of over-engineering. In any case, our potential supplier does this sort of work routinely, so the potential customer missed a relationship with a potentially useful… Read More


Don’t answer an RFQ is advised?

Amazingly, we found an article from the recent past 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… 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


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


Get better RFQ responses: Part 1

If you seek a new supplier and are considering ones you don’t know, we believe you can do some rather simple things to get better RFQ results. We have lots of thoughts on this; future newsletters will have more. Most of what we see is an RFQ to manufacture or fabricate some metal or plastic part, or perhaps some assembly. Our job is to recommend candidates for this new situation. The RFQ wants a price… Read More


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