Paula Hynes

Communications Coordinator at The Rodon Group. Inbound Marketing Specialist, professional blogger.
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How to Avoid Scheduling Problems with Offshore Suppliers

There are many risks when it comes to selecting OEM suppliers. Understanding them is essential to running a successful business.  In this article, we’ll examine the factors that impact scheduling and time-to-market when using an offshore supplier.


The True Cost of Using an Offshore Supplier

There are many factors that impact the total cost of goods purchased.  On the surface, some offshore suppliers may seem cheaper.  However, the true delivered cost is impacted by many variables.  Using this overview, you should be able to better compare all of your supplier choices.

Shipping - This cost must be calculated accurately to determine the true “Cost of Ownership”.

Many companies fail to understand the full cost of shipping from China and other low wage countries.  Depending on the contract, importers may be responsible for picking the goods up at the factory door.  Many foreign manufacturers will include FOB (Free on board) shipping.

Factors to consider include:

FOB – This is the price paid by the manufacturer to get the goods to port.  Depending on the contract this may be an inland port.  Once on the carrier, the purchasing company pays for the remainder of the shipping costs to the final destination (s) as well as import duties and taxes.  All of these charges need to be considered to assess total shipping costs.  Having a FOB contract and terms will guarantee all parties know the extent of their financial responsibilities.
Time to market – There is also a cost to any delays that occur in receiving goods for sale.  When commitments and time lines are not met, profit is lost.  Once a delay occurs, to get merchandise to market in time, some manufacturers have used air freight to expedite the shipping.  Air freight can be 10x more expensive than shipping by container which can erode margins quickly.


Quality Certifications and Why They Matter

In the past, many businesses operated on the assumption that their vendors were in compliance with the latest rules and regulations regarding their industry.Technology and materials were limited, so buyers worked with manufacturers who could produce the best product often without clearly defined quality guidelines or parameters.


Sally Ride and the Women of NASA

Being the subject of a Google Doodle is noteworthy, but Dr. Sally Ride’s posthumous achievements are the true sign of a great pioneer.  She received her doctorate in Physics from Stanford and went on to become the youngest and first female U.S. Astronaut to go into space.


Buy American-Made Products and Boost Employment [VIDEO]

Once in a while, you find a video that is so well done, so compelling, that you must share. This video, from American Made Matters is a great example. It will make you think twice about where products are made; knowing that the simple act of buying American-made products can have a profound impact on our economy.  It's all about creating jobs. Jobs that are secure and well-paying. Jobs that can help re-build our middle class.


Plastic Part Design and Manufacturability

There are four key factors that go into making a high-quality plastic injection molded part: part design, tool building, material selection and manufacturing.

In this article, we will start at the beginning of the process, with the part design.

The process of plastic injection molding is designed to produce precision parts at a low cost.  The part design must be developed to maximize the efficiency inherent in high-volume molding.  With the right design, parts can be made consistently and with quality.  Without a good design, costly processing mistakes can be made.


Women Engineering Their Way to the Top

Female engineers who have achieved top jobs at major companies

Fortune Magazine is known for keeping track of how executives and business leaders rank against their peers.  In a recent look at the Fortune 1000, they found that 51 of these companies were led by women; still a small percentage, but an improvement over 2009.  And while only 5% of these companies have females in the top job, their companies generate 7% of the Fortune 1000 revenue.

These executive women lead some impressive companies including IBM, General Motors, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, DuPont, Archer Daniels Midland and Fidelity Investments to name a few.  And many share one other common trait, they have engineering backgrounds.  In fact, 4 out of the 5 top female CEOs in the U.S. have at least an undergraduate degree in a STEM field.

Let’s take a look at some of these impressive leaders

Ginni Rometty

IBM CEO, President and Chairman, Ginni Rometty, began her education with a double major in computer science and electrical engineering at Northwestern University.   Spending most of her professional career at IBM,  Rometty held positions on increasing responsibility until being named the company’s first female president in 2012.


What do cars and caps have in common?

Drum-roll please……and the answer is.....PLASTIC

The use of plastic in our daily lives is ubiquitous.  There are very few common household items that are manufactured without it.  From non-stick coatings in pans to the pipes in our plumbing, plastic has made our lives easier by improving product performance and strength.

So, it is not surprising that the future for looks bright for this 21 century phenomena.  Research and development on the formation and application of plastics is responsible for some very high-tech innovations. 


Innovation Hubs Revitalize American Manufacturing

The great recession underscored some inherent weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain.  We have an employment skills gap, an uncoordinated approach to nurturing innovation, and an export imbalance.  Since 2011, the federal government focused on changing this paradigm and made American manufacturing a priority.  Under the guidance of the Department of Commerce/NIST, they developed an infrastructure with dedicated funding to rebuild our manufacturing sector.