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We are also interested in managing your China manufacturing business, from the product development, to quality control to overall supply chain management. Please contact us for more information and to discuss what we are currently doing for our US customers.

 

Strategic Planning

Every effective supply chain strategy begins with solid long-term decision-making. Strategy level supply chain decisions are usually the first step of developing a good process. Identifying your business needs, we will sit down and guide you through the entire supply chain process, from beginning to end. We carry out all the necessary groundwork to help you make the right decisions working towards achieving the most suitable cost efficient supply chain solution to meet your business needs.

 

Issues addressed at this level include:

  • Delving through our established network of reliable suppliers to choose the right partner
  • Generating bullet-proof quality systems and assured supply chains
  • Make long-term improvements and innovations to meet client demands
  • Inventory and product management throughout its life cycle
  • Using IT programs and systems to make the process more effective

Tactical Management

Businesses make short-term decisions involving the supply chain at the tactical level. At the strategy level, general planning begins, but processes are actually defined at the tactical level. Tactical decisions play a big role in controlling costs and minimizing risks. At this level, our focus is on our customers’ demands and achieving the best end value on their behalf.

 

Common concerns include:

  • Procurement contracts for necessary materials and services
  • Production schedules and guidelines to meet quality, safety, and quantity standards
  • Transportation and warehousing solutions, including outsourcing and third-party options
  • Inventory logistics, including storage and end-product distribution
  • Adopting best practices in comparison to competitors

The Operational Level

The operational level of supply chain management is the most obvious. These are the day-to-day processes, decision-making, and planning that take place to keep the supply chain active. The mistake that many companies make is to jump straight into operational management without focusing on the strategy and tactical levels. Effective operational level processes are the result of strong strategic and tactical planning.

 

Some aspects of operational level management are:

  • Daily and weekly forecasting to figure out and satisfy demand
  • Production operations, including scheduling and detailed management of goods-in-process
  • Monitoring logistics activity for contract and order fulfillment
  • Managing incoming and outgoing materials and products, as well as on-hand inventories


Locations

China

Our Shanghai facility is superbly located on the outskirts of Shanghai, in Pudong New District, which gives it great access to both of the main ports at Yangshan and Waigaoqiao. We are close to the causeway which crosses the Hangzhou Bay over to Ningbo, so this makes us convenient for offering our customers container consolidation facilities for their other Chinese vendors. This saves money on expensive internal and deep sea freight as well as giving us an extra opportunity to do spot quality checks and ensure packaging is sound.


USA

In the US our assembly and warehousing partner is located just outside Nashville in McMinnville Tennessee. The other automotive related tenants in this large facility are DanFoss, Thermo-Flex, MPC and Yoruzo America. At this facility we are able to establish buffer inventory levels (usually around 1.5 months worth) to add that extra safety net. We are also able to offer finishing touches such as customization and packaging before parts are shipped out. Of course we also make available for our customers real-time inventory data according to part number to create total visibility to everyone involved in the supply chain.