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Purchasing managers of manufacturing companies need to deal with so many needs for the company that identifying the relevant needs can sometimes pose a challenge. The area in which you work will have an impact on how you are able to choose the right manufacturer but it can also deal with your company directly if you are manufacturing the products. There are several different areas that you need to consider:

  • Precision
  • Quality
  • Reliability
  • Repeatability

Each different industry sector will have unique needs. This can make it challenging for you to find a contract manufacturer that you are please with. Here are some tips that will aid in choosing the right subcontractor for your organization.

There are 3 main things to remember when choosing a subcontractor:

  1. Service

  2. Quality

  3. Price

These are the motivating factors that will help you to better understand what you are up against and what you need to focus on when you are interviewing companies and getting price quotes. Let's start with service. What types of products does your company have? Do you have a very specific product you are selling? This may end up requiring specialty orders, is the contractor able to provide you with these types of orders? How timely will they be able to make their deliveries to you? What is the turnaround time on the orders? How much time do you need to provide to them when you are in need of a rush order? Do you feel comfortable working with their employees? Do they seem friendly and willing to help you? What type of training do their employees undergo? You want to work with a company that actually spends time training their employees and has a desire to have them become successful. When a company invests in their staff, you will be able to see the difference.

Your next area to focus on is quality. Do they have any systems in place that will help to keep errors and defects to a minimum? Will they provide a warranty service to you? What will happen if there is a product recall? Will they inform you so you can pass along the recall information? Are they going to offer compensation if there are defective products? What about if these products end up accidently injuring another person? Find out all you can about their quality standards so you can be sure that you are both in agreement and it will be a lot easier for you to choose the right subcontractor.

Finally you need to focus on price. This is one of the driving decision-makers in a number of companies as no one wants to sacrifice quality for price but money talks. What is your price range and what are the manufacturing companies going to do in order to meet this price range and to ensure that you are happy with their products? Keep the company on their toes by getting price quotes in the future from other companies as this may help you to get a better price from the contractor if they do honor bids.

With just about every industry of manufacturing getting new equipment upgrades and other things, it is common to see that people are able to get lower prices for a quality product. This does mean you should never commit to a single contractor as a new company may start off with better prices and may also have better customer service skills that can win you over. Start looking by talking to at least 5 different contractors to get the right prices for your companies needs.

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