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The Trade Tariff Ceasefire: What is it and what does it mean for you?


Anyone involved in trade and manufacturing knows that the trade row between the United States and China is not good for business. Rising tariffs on both sides create price increases that are felt in almost every industry.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Cost Reduction, Manufacturing Consulting, Process Improvement

This article will help you avoid some VERY common mistakes that have an impact on OEM manufacturing production cost, quality, and/or timelines...

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Topics: Cost Reduction, OEM Manufacturing

If you work in a purchasing department, you are certainly looking to get cost savings and quality improvements out of your suppliers.

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Topics: Cost Reduction, Chinese Factories

One of the most common discussion topics of foreign factories’ GMs is the implementation of an ERP. While that subject was nearly closed 15 years ago in Europe and North America, it is still quite vivid in China.

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Topics: Cost Reduction, Management/Turnaround, ERP

As we wrote before, reducing the amount of inventory keeps costs down and improves on-time shipment performance. So the question is, what inventory cost reduction methods can be put in place and will do the job? Here are three suggestions that will help greatly.

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Topics: Cost Reduction, Management/Turnaround

Last week I explained why automation is one of the 2 reasons why the China manufacturing price can go down*.

But is it possible to do without automation? The short answer is: yes, no, AND it depends!!

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Topics: Cost Reduction, Management/Turnaround, Automation

Are you tired of the general inflation in raw material prices, wages, and other costs that impact manufacturing in China? And, as a buyer, are you afraid your margin will keep eroding if prices of finished goods keep rising?

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Topics: Cost Reduction, Management/Turnaround

CMC implemented process-level and organizational improvements to gain a large cost reduction in a China factory which makes sanitary products. But how was this achieved..?

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Topics: Cost Reduction, Management/Turnaround

James Palmer just published a well-written article that sheds light on a troubling aspect of Chinese society. Entitled "Chabuduo! Close Enough!", the article explains that “China is the land of the cut corner.”

Keep reading as we look at the issue of cost cutting in China and Palmer's article in more detail... 

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Topics: Procurement, Cost Reduction

In most product categories, the prices of China-made goods goes up every year. This trend has been going on for years, and it is reaching the point where many importers are re-evaluating their overall approach.

Should we find new suppliers in Vietnam? India? Closer to our country? These questions often lead nowhere.

Instead, there is a way to cut 10-40% of your total costs, by adjusting your procurement policy and working differently with your suppliers.

Most purchasers think this is impossible, yet some companies have achieved this level of savings, as we detail in our new presentation: "How Your Procurement Policy Might Prevent You from Cutting Costs"...

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Topics: Procurement, Cost Reduction

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