Project/Product Tips from a Contract Manufacturer & Packager

Do you have a new project or product for 2016? Looking for a co-packer or manufacturer? 

Now is the time to finished planning, complete art work, and order materials. Those new to the business are often surprised on how long defining key details, quality measures & objectives, and finally getting production started can take. Plan for some unexpected delays, set-backs, and longer transportation time. Issues and options you may not have thought about will surely arise. 

Here is a few simple tips we have learned over the years: 

  • Include your prospective contact manufacturer or co-packer in the project early on. They can provide suggestions from years experience and may see issues/dilemmas that are not obvious. They call also give you cost estimates for several of your prospective design and packaging options. Even the seemingly smallest detail can change costs and turnaround time.
  • Send samples so they can validate processes, time, & labor. This will ensure costs and turnaround are accurate.  
  • A product (including its packaging) is only as good as its design. Thus, it should be designed to be manufactured easily while maintaining high quality and risk reduction of product failure. 
  • It is the clients responsibility to understand regulations governing their product including what is required to bring it to market. We recommend 3rd party regulatory assistance and testing. It is the manufacturers responsibility to understand and follow regulations pertaining to manufacturing the product. 
  • Communicate what quality measures and testing should be taken. What is important to your product's functionality and quality? Will the end user or consumer perceive this quality? 

Let us know if you have a new project we can help you with. 

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Business Starts and Stops where Trust Begins and Ends

This is our philosophy; it's simple. Successful businesses are built upon trust and relationships. Trust between employees, customers, and vendors. Our customers put their products and bottom line in our hands. It is our responsibility to ensure every step is done correctly with integrity.  We are passionate about packaging, our customer's products, and doing things right. Business stops where trust ends or when it is broken. 

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Why every business should care about supply chain management.

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If you care about the bottom line, you should care about supply chain management. Businesses don't compete, supply chains compete. Even small organizations can realize benefits and efficiencies by adopting tools and best practices used by supply chain professionals and big businesses. When a customer buys a product or service, they are buying into or supporting that supply chain. However, efficient or inefficient it maybe. Thus, optimizing your business from product design all the way to final consumer delivery will ensure your customers receive more value, higher quality, and lower prices. Supply chain professionals are quickly becoming recognized as key decision makers in total operations management. SCM programs typically have oversight in these areas of a organization 

  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Supplier and Alliance Partner Management
  • Logistics
  • Inventory and Warehousing
  • Operations Management
  • Product design and Engineering Project Input

Here are a few links for further information

What is Supply Chain Management and Its Importance to Cost Management

Institute for Supply Management

APICS - Profesional Association for Supply Chain and Operations Management

About Supply Chain Management (PDF) - Academic Study - Good Starting Place for General Information.  

WSJ - The Hot New M.B.A.: Supply Chain Management

Reference for Business - Supply Chain Management 

Is it a Drug, Medical Device, Cosmetic, Soap or Both?

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FDA regulations can be daunting. The first step in meeting regulatory requirements for a new or in-development product is to property categorize it. Many clients have come to us with miscategorized products and misconceptions about the regulatory environment. It can be confusing. Product ingredients, intended use, and the way its marketed can define the product's categorization and thus the way its regulated. A good place to start is the FDA's website for regulatory basics.

Give us a call or email and we can walk you through the basics to get you started, however, we recommend regulatory advice be verified with 3rd party regulatory consulting services.