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The True Cost of Using an Offshore Supplier

Posted by Paula Hynes

6/4/15 1:48 PM

There are many factors that impact the total cost of goods purchased.  On the surface, some offshore suppliers may seem cheaper.  However, the true delivered cost is impacted by many variables.  Using this overview, you should be able to better compare all of your supplier choices.

Shipping - This cost must be calculated accurately to determine the true “Cost of Ownership”.

Many companies fail to understand the full cost of shipping from China and other low wage countries.  Depending on the contract, importers may be responsible for picking the goods up at the factory door.  Many foreign manufacturers will include FOB (Free on board) shipping.

Factors to consider include:

FOB – This is the price paid by the manufacturer to get the goods to port.  Depending on the contract this may be an inland port.  Once on the carrier, the purchasing company pays for the remainder of the shipping costs to the final destination (s) as well as import duties and taxes.  All of these charges need to be considered to assess total shipping costs.  Having a FOB contract and terms will guarantee all parties know the extent of their financial responsibilities.
Time to market – There is also a cost to any delays that occur in receiving goods for sale.  When commitments and time lines are not met, profit is lost.  Once a delay occurs, to get merchandise to market in time, some manufacturers have used air freight to expedite the shipping.  Air freight can be 10x more expensive than shipping by container which can erode margins quickly.

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Topics: Manufacturing, American vs Overseas Manufacturing, Reshoring, Cheaper Than China

Automation keeps American Manufacturers competitive

Posted by Paula Hynes

3/20/14 4:11 PM

There has been a great deal of fanfare over the growth in American Manufacturing.  The reasons for this change are varied.  Many point to the narrowing gap in foreign pricing, higher transportation costs and lack of intellectual property protection in foreign countries.  One of the most egregious offenders in this category is China, where we have also seen a great rise in wages and other related costs.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Rethink Robotics and Baxter, Cheaper Than China

Hubspot features The Rodon Group in a recent article.

Posted by Paula Hynes

4/23/13 9:00 AM

Article from Hubspot:

How 5 Companies Are Using Inbound Marketing to Succeed in Competitive Markets

by Lindsey Kirchoff

April 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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Topics: News and Press, Cheaper Than China, The Rodon Group

The Rodon Group gets press for their "Cheaper Than China" pricing

Posted by Paula Hynes

3/20/13 9:39 AM

When Marketing Sherpa heard about the marketing campaign developed by Kevin McGrath, Vice President of Marketing at The Rodon Group, they were anxious to get the full story.  During a day long interview, David Kirkpatrick, Senior Reporter at Sherpa, discovered how one powerful phase can create the future direction of a company.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Recognition and Awards, Reshoring, News and Press, Cheaper Than China, The Rodon Group

Rodon's "Cheaper Than China" marketing campaign receives high praise

Posted by Paula Hynes

12/19/12 11:44 AM

Hubspot, one of the leading Social Media Marketing firms in the country, recently recognized The Rodon Group for its “Cheaper than China” marketing campaign.  We share this honor roll with some truly great (and large companies) including Proctor and Gamble, Samsung and Jet Blue.

This is the icing on the cake, the cherry on top and a big feather in our cap.  While we have long subscribed to the importance of social media as part of our sales and marketing strategy, we are now reaping the benefits of our efforts.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, American Manufacturing and Products, Recognition and Awards, Cheaper Than China, The Rodon Group

Injection Molder’s Message to Foreign Competitors: ‘Bring It On!’

Posted by Jill Worth

6/28/12 11:34 AM

Excerpt taken from an article in Plastics Technology. Read the full article at: http://www.ptonline.com/articles/molders-message-to-foreign-competitors-bring-it-on

An inspired combination of automation, ISO certification, use of certified resins, and strict adherence to a rigorous set of time-honed manufacturing standards are among the chief factors giving the Rodon Group, a 54-year-old custom molding operation in Hatfield, Pa., the confidence to boast that it can beat the pants off of Chinese part pricing, and Mexican pricing, too.

And it’s not an idle boast. The company captured a project for molding impact PS fruit skewers away from a custom molder in mainland China. Rodon runs the products faster, better, and cheaper here in mainland America, using six manufacturing cells with 64-cavity molds built in-house, in presses equipped with servo-powered robots.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation, Reshoring, Cheaper Than China

Pa. manufacturers reviving 'Made in America' label

Posted by Jill Worth

10/24/11 10:50 AM

Story and audio file featured on NewsWorks at http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/component/flexicontent/item/27754-pennsylvania-manufacturers-reviving-made-in-america-label

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Topics: Pennsylvania Manufacturing, American Manufacturing and Products, Reshoring, Cheaper Than China

Rodon Combines Competitive Pricing with Toy Industry Expertise

Posted by Jill Worth

6/13/11 9:37 AM

K’NEX Brands, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, announced that its sister company, The Rodon Group, is also available to provide contract manufacturing services for businesses looking to produce plastic parts stateside.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, K'NEX Brands, Reshoring, Cheaper Than China

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