Coronavirus and the Supply Chain Challenge

From developing domestic value-chain relationship to companies and customers collaborating together, here are a few MoldMaking Technology articles that can help you implement new strategies for your supply chains if they have been affected by coronavirus.


Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

There’s no doubt about it: the coronavirus creates a difficult challenge in supply chain management, and not just for the moldmaking industry. So how do you handle if links in your supply chain have been weakened due to COVID-19?

You’ve hopefully already seen that MoldMaking Technology wants to help address mold builders’ immediate sourcing needs through our new Sourcing Assistance Program. But did you know we also have content that addresses implementing supply chain strategies in tough times?

From identifying bottlenecks, being available and quick to respond to orders, developing domestic value-chain relationship, and to companies and customers collaborating together, there’s a wealth of information in the articles below that just might help your business connect weak spots in your supply chain. Check them out and see what you can do to address this challenge.



Supply Chain Management: Strategic and Tactical Supply Chain Issues for the Toolmaker

There is a complete spectrum of possibilities and combinations in delivering or acquiring a set of tools for a new product roll-out. Sticking to domestic or in-house resources and capabilities will not be the answer in the future for every design and tool. On the other hand, turning over all designs and tools to a low-cost global provider, such as China or Eastern Europe, is not the answer.

How can your tooling project take advantage of the best combination of resources and capabilities — regardless of location — in the future? Your customers will be reading the quotes and marketing hype with which we opened this article. They are aware of the growing competency overseas. They may be tempted to turn over their new product tooling in total to an overseas source. So how should you structure your programs to take advantage of the most optimal set of resources and capabilities?



Keeping Up with ISO: Minimize Risk in Value-Chain Partnerships

To fully understand the true cost of this domestic value-chain relationship, OEMs must consider the differences between the price of a product and the cost of manufacturing it, outsourcing and in-house production, and working with a supplier and a true development partner. ISO helps determine this true cost by calculating total cost of ownership (TCO), a financial estimate intended to help buyers and owners determine both the direct and indirect costs of a product or system.