In many cases, this strategy is undertaken to control costs and take advantage of resources in the region. However, this can have long-term consequences.
With an out-of-area manufacturer, the creator won’t have the opportunity to tour the facilities, check working conditions, or connect with someone directly in the event of a problem. They’ll also have to deal with customs and shipping delays that can lead to missed deadlines and lost opportunities.
Choosing a local manufacturing company provides benefits that creators may overlook when selecting the company with the lower price point.
Just a few include:
Collaboration: A local company will work directly with a creator through all stages of the process. They can advise through product design and prototyping, all the way to mass production.
Improved communication: It can be challenging to reach a single point of contact with a significant overseas operation. A small, local company will offer dedicated project managers to allow for rapid communication.
Rapid project completion: Shipping time is just one reason why overseas manufacturers will offer a slower turnaround. They will also have thousands of other projects and limited time to manage them.
Smaller creators may have to take a backseat to more lucrative, larger contracts.
Agility: It’s not easy to change direction when dealing with a sizeable overseas organisation quickly. It’s much more flexible to work with a small local company to update strategies as conditions change.
Choosing a local provider is the best solution when vetting contract manufacturing companies. They offer a hands-on approach that enhances collaboration and makes the project more successful.
Taking a product to market is a significant endeavour, and choosing a local company that provides ongoing support can help ensure a much smoother journey.
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