Determining trends in manufacturing outsourcing

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If you are a small to mid-size manufacturer, it’s probably safe to assume that you outsource some or all of your manufacturing. But “outsourcing” is a very broad term that means different things to different people. What, how and where you outsource is important, as it can dramatically change the nature of your business.

What constitutes the “right” manufacturing outsourcing strategy is different for every organization. Because of this, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the issue. We want to know—what’s your manufacturing outsourcing strategy? What’s working? What challenges/opportunities does your strategy present? How are you adapting in the face of global events and economic trends? What are your plans for the future?

Help us by participating in the Manufacturing Outsourcing Strategies & Trends Survey

In the coming weeks and months we will be talking to manufacturers, looking at current events, analyzing the trends and developing resources to help companies make sound decisions when it comes to manufacturing outsourcing. To kick off this effort, we’re conducting a survey that we hope will reveal the challenges manufacturers currently face and where they are headed with their outsourcing strategies.

Take the Manufacturing Outsourcing Strategies & Trends Survey. (It should take about 5 minutes of your time; all the answers are confidential and will only be used to report general trends.)

Through the survey results, we hope to provide the manufacturing community better insight into what aspects of product development are being outsourced, the benefits various outsourcing strategies provide, the financial impact when things go wrong and how companies are addressing the risks inherent in some of the outsourcing decisions they make.

Thank you for your assistance (and please spread the word!)

As a thank you for your participation, once you complete the survey you will get a free whitepaper, Manufacturing Outsourcing for Small and Mid-Size Companies: Ten Key Challenges and How to Address Them. Additionally, we’d like to share the survey results with you, so post a comment below or provide your email address at the end of the survey and we will be sure to send you the completed report.

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About the Author

Alex Gammelgard
Alex managed social media marketing and communications at Arena from 2011 to 2012. Although coming in fresh to the manufacturing industry, Alex is married to an engineer and is well ... Read More 

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