Optimization of the supply chain is a challenge for every company. A company’s supply chain starts with raw material acquisition and ends when the customer receives the final product – and is comprised of all of the suppliers that participate in the sourcing, production, sub-assembly, final assembly, fulfillment, distribution, and other processes required to create the final product. When it comes to outsourcing the various supply chain steps, OEMs must decide whether to partner with several suppliers, or a single source provider. When making this decision, it is crucial that OEMs consider the breadth and depth of capabilities for any potential contract manufacturer. Simply put, the capabilities of your contract manufacturer matter – immensely.

Why Does My Contract Manufacturer’s Capabilities Matter?

RiverSide Integrated Solutions, RIS, is an integrated contract manufacturer which means we perform multiple steps along the supply chain including manufacturing as well as value-added operations such as procurement, assembly, kitting, distribution, and fulfillment. At RIS, we are not just a contract manufacturer – we’re your business partner, supporting all of your manufacturing, kitting, and fulfillment efforts. Integrated contract manufacturers, like us, offer significant value for OEMs such as streamlining the manufacturing timeline, improving the consistency and reliability of the final part, and minimizing the number of suppliers involved in the supply chain. All of these steps improve efficiency and reduce risk – saving OEMs time, resources, and money.

The capabilities of your contract manufacturer matter as not all manufacturing companies can offer integration that includes assembly, kitting, distribution, and fulfillment. These steps often require specific equipment, facilities, and processes as well as personnel with the right skills and expertise to result in a high-quality, cost-effective manufacturing solution. It is crucial that OEMs partner with a manufacturer that has the proven experience, facilities, and know-how to safely and successfully perform integrated projects. Below are some of the benefits of partnering with an integrated contract manufacturer, like RIS, that offers a complete manufacturing solution to strengthen customers’ supply chains.

 Benefits of Working with an Integrated Contract Manufacturer

As markets become increasingly competitive, integration becomes more of a necessity. By minimizing the number of suppliers involved in the various stages of the supply chain, companies increase control, leading to lower risks, higher efficiency, and lower costs – all of which provide a competitive edge. Below are some of the advantages of an integrated business model and why the capabilities of your contract manufacturer matter.

·Fewer Disruptions: integrated contract manufacturers maintain control of the product and have fewer “hand-offs” and transition points across suppliers. The more stages of the supply chain that are controlled by a single supplier, the fewer disruptions and delays that occur. The supply chain process flows more smoothly – getting products to customers more rapidly and reducing time to market. Additionally, integrated teams have less surprises and are able to more effectively manage any problems that arise.
·Growth Opportunities: not all contract manufacturers offer the same solutions – and what you need today may not be what you need tomorrow. Manufacturers with a broad range of capabilities and offerings are better positioned to provide support as your business evolves and grows over time. For example, the team at RIS has nearly 40 years of experience in Materials Management from supplier qualification through procurement and full-service inventory management. With our strong relationships with component manufacturers and distributors, we provide complete materials planning, purchasing, and warehousing to maximize customer savings and minimize customer liability. Our customers take advantage of the vast purchasing experience and volume purchasing that results from years in the manufacturing business. What this means to our customers: more sourcing options, leverage to ensure reliable delivery, and lower cost for assembly components. These are just a few examples of the growth opportunities available when you partner with a contract manufacturer, like RIS, that offers a broad range of capabilities.
·Leverage Expertise: most OEMs must outsource most or all of the supply chain as they do not have the in-house equipment and skill sets required to complete production, kitting, assembly, and other necessary supply chain steps. Integrated manufacturers have the necessary tools and skilled workforce to complete these steps including complex electronics and product assemblies, often times at a higher level of quality than the OEM. At RIS, we encourage our customers to leverage our expertise. We possess deep and broad levels of experience across a range of industries and can offer suggestions to improve your manufacturing project.

Looking for a proven contract manufacturer that offers a range of supply chain solutions?

Contact the team at RIS to learn more about complete manufacturing solutions including production, kitting, assembly, and fulfillment.

Contact Us

·Improved Quality and Customer Satisfaction: integration allows contract manufacturers to even more closely track and control quality as a product progresses along the supply chain– resulting in fewer off-spec products and a better overall customer experience. Integration enables manufacturers to be more nimble and responsive to changing market conditions and customer demands. Instead of relying on other suppliers, integrated manufacturers directly influence the customer experience throughout the supply chain. By controlling their own destiny, integrated facilities often have happier customers.
·Reduce the Number of Providers: OEMs typically have multiple vendors involved in their supply chain – yet too many suppliers result in inefficiencies. Generally speaking, it is advantageous to minimize the number of providers along the supply chain. When partnering with a provider, like RIS, that offers a diverse spectrum of manufacturing capabilities, OEMs receive a more complete manufacturing solution. Reducing the number of providers adds value by improving communications and accelerating speed-to-market as well as cutting manufacturing and post operations costs. Contract manufacturers, like RIS, with a broad range of capabilities are able to guide customers through the entire supply chain smoothly and quickly – resulting in a more seamless manufacturing process.
·Incorporate Secondary Operations: many OEMs with efficient supply chains have combined production with secondary operations like kitting, assembly, and fulfillment. It is important that your contract manufacturer offers more than just production. Outsourcing secondary operations to your contract manufacturer saves time and money as the products do not have to be transported or stored in between production and post-production steps, and companies often secure better contract rates when more services are provided by a single manufacturer.

About RIS

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly, product assembly, kitting, supply chain management, fulfillment, distribution, and reverse logistics. We employ more than 300 people and provide services to OEM’s across the world. We operate 3 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the U.S, and as your one-stop-shop we have the capabilities, capacity, quality assurance standards, and resources to provide you with support for all of your manufacturing needs.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be difficult to find someone that not only understands your business model but also has your best intentions in mind. RIS has proven to always be a win-win focused relationship. As your one-stop-shop, we have the capabilities, capacity, quality assurance standards, and resources to provide you with support for all of your manufacturing needs. We understand that supply chain management is difficult and very time consuming, so we urge our customers to utilize us in the fullest capacity. Our total-package solutions include:

  • Extensive supply-chain network
  • Purchasing and inventory management
  • Dedicated Program Manager
  • Warehousing and drop-shipping capabilities
  • Flexible order fulfillment
  • Product assembly: sub-assembly and full product
  • Scalability to meet your needs

Contact us today at (507) 523-3220 to see how we can help with your manufacturing project, or click here for a quote.