Recently we were discussing a project with a client whose engineers have been struggling with some key mechanical elements, due (in part) to a lack of precision of those elements. What happened? They have been requesting samples from … [Read more...]
6 Tips To Combat Common Recurring Quality Issues From Your Supplier
What happens if your supplier keeps manufacturing products with various defects, even though you have a quality standard that outlines your expectations? This tends to happen for the same reasons, so here are 6 tips to help you avoid … [Read more...]
How USA & Canada SME Importers Feel about China in early 2023
I recently got back from a trip in the Southwest and Northeast of the USA (for about 3 weeks), and in East Canada (for about 2 weeks). I haven't met a lot of clients for years (or ever) due to difficult traveling, so it was … [Read more...]
Sourcing New Suppliers: 4 Key Risks You Need To Eliminate
Sourcing new suppliers in Asia to outsource your product development and/or manufacturing to is a very common activity for many businesses. But for buyers who are new to sourcing from Asia, the process can be worrying. Are you able to … [Read more...]
Why Following A Comprehensive NPI Process Pays Dividends And How Involved Buyers Need To Be
New product introduction is a complex process to master, and SMEs and hardware startups we often work with find it very challenging and seek our help to devise and manage the different steps in order to get into mass production on time, on … [Read more...]
A Logical Development Roadmap for New Hardware Products
I enjoyed reading the book Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making and I started suggesting it to some of our clients. The most interesting takeaway is the development roadmap that the author suggests is typical for … [Read more...]
CES 2023: Explore the Technology WE found Interesting.
Last week I attended CES in Las Vegas. Here's a rundown of products and technology that I thought was interesting and my thoughts on what is on of the most important trade shows in the world for electronics manufacturers and … [Read more...]
Preventing the “Change of Bank Account” Scam with Your Suppliers
Over the past ten years, I have heard of many companies getting scammed as follows: They pay a supplier (usually in China) by bank wire (T/T) At one point, the buyer receives an email that seems to come from the supplier (but is … [Read more...]
What Does a Re-Opened China (Without Quarantine) Mean for Foreign Business?
After years of fighting to keep covid outside of China, the surge in infections in October and November forced Beijing to choose between enormous lockdowns and the abandonment of the 'zero covid' strategy. They opted for the latter, under … [Read more...]
Removing Probability Analysis from Risk Management?
Over the weekend, I read a book called Risk: a User's Guide. The authors, which include former general McChrystal, make an interesting point about the use of probability. First, let's look at the traditional approach to … [Read more...]
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