I wasn't sure if it's Ok to talk about this stuff here or not, so if
not, admins, feel free to remove it.
I've been doing most of my assembly using some locals, and they do a
good job, but I'm needing to lower my parts costs and assembly costs,
and get the purchasing job off my back without hiring someone new just
to handle inventory and purchasing. And purchasing is a big issue,
because parts are so expensive and we don't buy parts unless we have
cash in the bank to do so.
Our main product costs us a LOT in parts, and some of these parts are
$12 and $18 parts, which is way to much for us to be able to order 1000,
or even sometimes 100 at a time to get good price breaks. So I'm sort of
at an impasse. Do I start making purchase contracts with suppliers and
risk not having the expected demand, which could really hurt us, or do I
look to overseas procurement and manufacturing, or do I kludge through?
And if I do look overseas, how do I make sure my IP is safe?
There's just so much to consider, and we're such a small company with
way too much going on, and it's beginning to become hard for me to get
any development done because of having to deal with everything else.
Suggestions? Comments? Your $0.02 welcomed.