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Articles written by David Finch

Successful Medical Device Design Transfers Hinge on Advance Planning

by David Finch | Apr 2018

Elements of a well-constructed plan include an understanding of regulatory requirements, a comprehensive review of all documentation and a thorough understanding of manufacturing methods and processes. ... Read more »

Be Prepared When Suppliers are Acquired

by David Finch | Jan 2018

With the recent M&A activity in the supplier space, all OEMs should be prepared in the event an important supplier is acquired or merged with. ... Read more »

How to Reduce Cost and Lead Times While Maintaining Margins

by David Finch | Apr 2017

OEMs and suppliers can reduce cost and lead times while preserving or improving margins with numerous initiatives that don't require material or design changes. Simply commit to a cost-focused collaboration that is incorporated into the terms of a master supply or service agreement. ... Read more »

The Forgotten Phase of M&A: Post-Close Supply Chain Integration

by David Finch | Feb 2017

Proper implementation post-close will allow your supply chain to deliver immediate and long-term value and avoid integration delays and disruptions. ... Read more »

The Forgotten Phase of M&A: Mitigating Supply Chain Risks

by David Finch | Nov 2016

The primary responsibility of the supply chain team post-M&A is the assurance of uninterrupted upstream and downstream product supply. These essential steps will assist you in identifying supply chain risk and developing a plan to minimize that risk. ... Read more »

The Forgotten Phase of M&A: Supply Chain Infrastructure

by David Finch | Sep 2016

Avoid disruptions in customer service and financial performance by reviewing the people, processes and supporting systems of upstream and downstream supply chains. ... Read more »

Proper Equipment Utilization Reduces Costs and Improves Margins

by David Finch | Jun 2016

When it comes to reducing cost or improving margins, the first place many companies go is their suppliers. Although there may be opportunity there, often the most cost-saving and margin-improving benefits can be found on their own factory floor. A good tool to measure this is to calculate your Overa ... Read more »

OEMs Achieve Sustainable Manufacturing Costs Through Supplier Relationships

by David Finch | Apr 2016

For cost reductions and supplier relationships to be sustainable, you must address more than just the quoted price. You must attack real supply chain improvement and cost drivers at both the supplier and the OEM with the intent to reduce cost while maintaining or improving margins. This article ... Read more »

Outsource Innovation by Tapping into Supplier Expertise

by David Finch | Nov 2015

When it comes to outsourcing, the traditional role of suppliers is based upon their core competencies in manufacturing or specialty services. ... Read more »

4 Questions to Answer Before Outsourcing

by David Finch | Oct 2015

Companies jump into supplier selection and contract negotiation without proper preparation and due diligence. This often results in uncovering issues well into the process. ... Read more »