Trade

Energy Policy Affects US Manufacturing Competitiveness

Cheap and abundant energy is one factor that has helped the US manufacturing competitive position relative to global alternatives.  Reshoring has been enhanced by that very factor.  Over the past year we have all seen a number of factors influencing that position.  It’s not clear who’s gaining or losing, other than apparently Russia’s oil and gas revenue has not changed much. Or perhaps that’s not true.  It’s difficult to sort out the wheat from the… Read More


Supply Chain Problems: Just the Beginning?

The past year has witnessed all manner of economic disruptions due to supply chain problems.  We have seen how these problems have interrupted and delayed manufacturing supply systems, and possibly given reshoring efforts an unexpected boost. Manufacturing over the past 50 years or so has required ever more sophisticated and complex use of new minerals to produce defense systems, computers and other electronic devices, exotic superalloys are now needed for many specialized purposes.  Among others,… Read More


Labor Shortage Solutions – Out of the Box!

Just about every day we hear news of labor shortages in this business or that business, and seemingly everywhere. Is there a retail business or fast food restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter, that’s not seeking employees? There are some unorthodox steps available to some businesses, and many of these are things we have direct experience in times past. Some were quite successful! When we attended a retirement party at a very large corporation,… Read More


Proficient Sourcing Can Help You Grow!

We have recently entered into an arrangement with a company that is proving to be extremely useful for all concerned.  The company is experiencing explosive growth and has need for new suppliers for several different types of manufacturing.  It is a perfect fit for Proficient Sourcing. What is all this about? The problem is this company needs several suppliers unlike what they are used to using, and they need several ASAP.   Good news for Proficient… Read More


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


Coronavirus and Your Supply Chain

What is happening to our customers? While manufacturers may be in conditions varying from complete lockdown to full operations, the state of the overall economy means life as we knew it is no more. Beyond cash flow, primary worries must include the condition of our customers and the state of our supply chains. At least the resumption of “normal” busiiness is now scheduled for most places to begin on May 1. Those of us in… 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


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


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