Suppliers

Target Pricing: Good Idea to Share with Prospective Vendors?

Recently we introduced a potential supplier to an equipment OEM.  The OEM has several fairly large machine parts they want to source to new machining sources.  The desired vendor will be capable of handling thousand pound steel parts, which require complex machining operations.  Not quite 5-axis, but their parts have very intricate details. Typical machine shops do not have the quality infrastructure to be comfortable with such requirements or size, and since the OEM’s parts… Read More


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


Custom Pressure Vessels

We visited our primary source for custom pressure vessels, and were re-impressed. We learned many chemical companies employ engineering consulting firms to source custom pressure vessels, reactors and distillation towers. If your company needs chemical processing equipment, perhaps we can save you lots of time and money. Our primary custom pressure vessel manufacturer has been serving customers in need of vessels for chemical processes mostly in the midwest for over 60 years. Reach Out to… 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