Relying on outsourcing partners in nonwoven product manufacturing is a norm in today’s business environment but sometimes unforeseeable events, or even some business practices, can result in costly supply chain interruptions.
But by outlining specific expectations of your manufacturing partners and holding them accountable to those expectations, you can effectively manage your supply chain and minimize disruptions to your manufacturing schedule that could negatively impact your bottom line.
- Expect transparency. Your manufacturing partners should keep you apprised of any unexpected delays either in their own supply chain or in unforeseen equipment problems. Transparency allows you to proactively address any issues as they arise.
- Practice flexibility. If Plan A fails, you and your manufacturing partners should have a Plan B in place. Handle problems efficiently as they come up and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that any unexpected disruptions have a limited impact.
- Ensure collaboration. Trust your manufacturing partners to bring their extensive knowledge to the table. They may be able to identify potential risks and help you avoid costly disruptions.
- Create control mechanisms. Establish policies and enable control mechanisms that can help you ensure that procedures and processes are followed. Enable your supply chain partners to communicate any changes they make to existing procedures.
Making a nonwoven product is not a solo task. Many pieces of the supply chain must come together to create quality products delivered on time. You should be able to rely on your nonwoven manufacturer as a partner in your business so that you can work together to decrease supply chain interruptions.