supply chain management

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


Technological Changes Influencing Today’s Supply Chains

“Five technology trends are shaping a future where mobility, integration, complexity, and competition will be the defining characteristics of successful supply chain strategy”. So begins the thought-provoking lead article from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) 4th quarter 2014 Supply Chain Quarterly. We frequently look back on articles we’ve found useful, and found this one, which appears to be every bit as valid as it was 5 years ago. The Council’s research, supported… Read More


Sign of Success!

We are particularly interested in working with OEM machinery and equipment builders.  Our network of shops contains many who are particularly focused and successful working with such customers. Equipment and Machinery Engineering is a page describing some of our capabilities available to equipment and machinery manufacturers—especially large and heavy components.  But, of course, advertising is one thing; performance is quite another. We understand the decision to go with a new supplier is difficult, and one… 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


Supplier Selection Criteria – Are We On The Same Page?

Proficient Sourcing provides custom manufacturing candidates for engineers, buyers, and others seeking outsourced manufacturing. To do that effectively we must identify companies that fit your requirements. During a long period of productivity consulting we developed a set of criteria for identifying good companies to recommend, and it would be extremely helpful if you would tell us if these criteria are the “right stuff”! The better the match between our respective criteria, the more likely we… Read More


Technological Changes Influencing Today’s Supply Chains

“Five technology trends are shaping a future where mobility, integration, complexity, and competition will be the defining characteristics of successful supply chain strategy”. So begins the thought-provoking lead article from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) Supply Chain Quarterly. This article remains as valid today as when it was published. The Council’s research, supported by Penn State’s Small College of Business’s Center for Supply Chain Research, “identified 5 game-changing technologies and related emerging… Read More


Try This When You Need a New Supplier!

Engineers and supply chain/procurement managers need to acquire new suppliers for any of several reasons.  There is a good deal of information on selection criteria, but little on where to look.  We have thoughts on this and would welcome yours. There are several ways to find new supplier candidates, and most of these involve spending substantial time and effort qualifying these candidates—so you can then use all the various selection criteria that’s readily available.  Proficient… Read More


New Suppliers — Free Engineering and More!

Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 9/16 edition has a special report:  “Set Your Sights on Strategic Sourcing”.  This report contains a number of useful thoughts that could have very positive benefits to the purchasing organization.  A link to this report is at the end of this article.  While this report deals mainly with large entities, seeking strategic suppliers is worthy of the consideration of all. Proficient Sourcing finds new supplier candidates for procurement professionals.  In… Read More


Rare Earths – Continued

If your supply chain includes items involving rare earths, a recent executive order signed by president Trump would be worthy of your attention. According to a Washington Post article from December 20, 2017, “President Trump signed an executive order….instructing his deputies to devise a strategy to reduce the nation’s reliance on critical minerals that are largely imported and used to produce everything from smartphones to weaponry”.  If this means the government is going to take… Read More


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