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IIoT & Smart Manufacturing Conference
IIOT & SMART MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE
April 14-16, 2020
This event will encompass topics regarding advances in connectivity, automation, and security within the operational context of hybrid manufacturing applications across multiple vertical industries. The impact of these overarching technologies will be emphasized by focusing on real-world application...

74th Annual Production Conference
74TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION CONFERENCE
April 20-22, 2020
A supplier exhibition, educational sessions featuring live demos and audience tasting samples and many networking opportunities are all part of the experience. Our 73rd Annual Production Conference was held Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Lancaster, PA. Check out the schedule, s...

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Squeezed for Margin: Small Manufacturers Stop Leaving Money on the Table

MIKE FRANZ
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Price optimization technology for large manufacturing operations costs from $120K - $1.5M per year. For multi-location, global, and publicly traded companies this is an expense easily cost-justified. A small 1% in margin preservation is worth thousands of times the expense of price optimization technology.

The manufacturing industry drives innovation in America. It is the birthplace of products and processes that make the world a better place. ManufacturingPower uses lean manufacturing principles by eliminating waste around industrial supply spend with market comparison and analysis. Based in lean principles there is an on-demand implementation process driving an immediate ROI and elimination of waste.

Surviving the margin squeeze
Small and midsize manufacturers report the biggest 2020 challenges are price-cut mandates and online reverse auctions which compromise quality and endanger the business. Supporters of the practices say the strongest suppliers will survive, making supply chains more efficient. When operating margins are already thin, a rigorous and continuous process improvement mandates on-going SKU pricing evaluations for every element in the manufacturing operation.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a shift in manufacturing business process in practically every American industrial setting. The lean thinking paradigm now includes purchasing and supply chain functions.

With access to unlimited “Part Number Matches” per year, even the smallest manufacturers realize significant savings, capture lost margin, and view costs versus peer market pricing. Insight to suppliers with the lowest costs, viewing potential savings, and tracking year-to-date savings, prove the efficacy of these new technologies.

PowerPotential Report: Step One
Until now the price tag for immediately accessible comparative pricing has been too expensive for most of the 89% of small to mid-sized U.S. manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees). 2020 introduces a new affordable solution which provides access to pricing optimization with the ability to evaluate systematically. This new technology solution is priced at less than $5,000 per year. 

ManufacturingPower suggests that small manufacturers start with a free PowerPotential Report which includes easy data uploads, CSV and XLS file formatting, and insight into top six savings opportunities. Within 24 hours, this powerful data demonstrates where even the smallest manufacturers can start realizing significant savings with access and transparency to data.
Squeezed for Margin: Small Manufacturers Stop Leaving Money on the Table
© 2020 ManufacturingPower


Currently, manufacturers are spending far more than needed on tooling, fasteners, clean room supplies, packaging, and any line item in the supply chain. Originally, this cloud-based low-cost solution started as a software tool allowing manufacturers to anonymously share data and compare pricing. Through a network of data, this proprietary method saves manufacturing enterprises across their total industrial supply spend.

Watch this brief informative video.

2020 still has tariff ambiguity in the market. Manufacturers, relying on forward-looking predictive models to set prices, are able to identify and reduce wasteful pricing processes while reducing over-discounting.  Poor pricing methods effectively transfer the incremental profits from lean activities away from the company and into the pockets of customers.
Now that there is an affordable pricing optimization solution for small and midsized manufacturers applying lean principles to pricing process is immediately accessible.

Lower cost materials available
Instead of simply ordering from Grainger or other distributors out of habit, it would be nice to know if the price offered is the best price or even at market price by geo-location! The data are collected and shared by ManufacturingPower daily.
Products can be manufactured utilizing a variety of different materials, depending on marketplace requirements and the practices of the manufacturers.
When considering a change in the materials used, the manufacturing method may be impacted by increasing cycle times or labor costs. Changing the composition of a product may be worthwhile, even when the material costs are higher due to a simplified production process.
To continually order from the same vendors and suppliers without a price comparison is simply not effective. Larger manufacturers may be able to absorb a 2% margin loss; this kind of loss could shut the doors of a smaller manufacturer. Technology is constantly improving; prices move up and down due to market fluctuation as well as supply and demand constraints. No longer will small manufacturers leave money on the table.
About The Author
Mike Franz is the founder and creator of the WorkCenter from ManufacturingPower, a cloud-based market intelligence solution designed to help small to mid-sized companies streamline and achieve real-time visibility into Industrial Supply spend, collaborate better with suppliers, mitigate risk, and realize significant cost savings.

SPOTLIGHT

ManufacturingPower was founded after realizing that the manufacturing industry currently has no way of objectively comparing prices for industrial supplies. Since the company was founded, it has grown to include a team that collectively has more than 100 years of manufacturing and industrial supplies experience, and more than 60 years of supply chain experience. This powerful group is committed to helping manufacturers cut wasteful spending so that businesses and their teams can get back to what matters most: driving economic growth, innovation and success.

EVENTS

IIoT & Smart Manufacturing Conference
IIOT & SMART MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE
April 14-16, 2020
This event will encompass topics regarding advances in connectivity, automation, and security within the operational context of hybrid manufacturing applications across multiple vertical industries. The impact of these overarching technologies will be emphasized by focusing on real-world application...

74th Annual Production Conference
74TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION CONFERENCE
April 20-22, 2020
A supplier exhibition, educational sessions featuring live demos and audience tasting samples and many networking opportunities are all part of the experience. Our 73rd Annual Production Conference was held Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Lancaster, PA. Check out the schedule, s...