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What We’re Reading This Week: Unpredictability Impacts Supply Chains Globally

Our regular roundup of what’s new in the manufacturing and supply chain media. Things continue to move fast with coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and it continues to occupy many headlines. Many are starting to consider what this outbreak will mean in the medium and long term. The medium-term impact is likely to be substantial […]

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Fictiv Adds Capacity in US, Taiwan, and India

Since our update last week, the coronavirus situation has regrettably worsened.  As of this morning, the number of confirmed cases in mainland China has increased to over 40,000 and the death toll has tragically risen to over 900 people. The Chinese government is currently taking significant steps to prevent the spread of the virus and is doing […]

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Assessing the State of Global Trade: Q&A with Fictiv and Dragon Innovation

The global trade war has been a topic top of mind for nearly all manufacturers and product creators over the last few years, and the topic has started to affect their bottom lines more seriously. Ricardo Ortiz, Fictiv’s International Logistics Lead, joined Dragon Innovation’s VP of Strategic Planning Shawn Chang to answer questions about the […]

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Supply Chain Management: Understanding Tariff Mitigation Strategies

Recent changes to tariffs on imports into the United States have started to hit supply chains worldwide. With the effects trickling down, companies are scrambling to find ways to ensure they limit the potential negative impacts on their bottom line profits. In April, General Electric started feeling the repercussions. CEO John Flannery estimated that the […]

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HS codes and HTS Codes in the Import/Export Process

With international manufacturing and global trade playing such an important role in today’s product development world, it’s important to understand how logistics work in every part of the import and export processes.  Aside from understanding incoterms and establishing them with your supplier, HS codes and HTS codes are the other big piece of the puzzle. […]

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Incoterms 101: Everything You Need to Know About International Logistics

In the global manufacturing world, logistics often prove to be the biggest hassle between a buyer and seller. Without a clear understanding of who organizes and covers what aspects of the transaction, it’s easy for responsibility to get muddy and for conflict to arise.  That’s why the International Chamber of Commerce created a list of […]

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Crash Course in Consumer Electronics Certifications: FCC Regulations, EMC Testing, and More

You and your team have a killer consumer electronics product idea and the necessary skill set to bring it to market. But 50% of consumer electronics products fail EMC testing during their first pass. A failure in certification testing can stop your product development process in its tracks, resulting in large costs and significant delays […]

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The Advantages of Distributed Manufacturing

Even as technology has advanced, the current manufacturing process is still rife with challenges and inefficiencies. Offshore manufacturing with volume producers presents serious communication challenges, such as language barriers, time zones, and many layers of sales and logistics in between you and your actual manufacturer. Because of this, distributed manufacturing has arisen as a potential […]

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Why Process Trumps Relationships in China

When it comes to manufacturing in China, there’s one idea that seems to dominate the conversation: relationships are everything. Success seems to revolve around your ability to build strong relationships with the right people who will introduce you to the right factories. Moreover, continued success depends on maintaining a strong relationship with that factory so […]