Outsourcing to an ECM is a Strategic Move

December 7 2020

In today's manufacturing world, outsourcing is often a way of life for many companies. However, it is often viewed as a surrendering of sorts, like the admission that you need outside help to get the job done. In many instances, though, nothing could be further from the truth. For companies on the leading edge of technology and innovation, outsourcing is actually a strategic move that represents an advantage for the businesses that decide to pursue it. Far from admitting a weakness, outsourcing is a reinvestment in the strength of your company, and necessary to enabling growth. 

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Decreased Costs

The most obvious reason to outsource is the bottom line. Outsourcing to a third party ECM saves your company money, both in the short and long terms.

In the short-term, there are a lot of up-front costs when taking on additional manufacturing tasks. There's the investment in new equipment, factory floor space required for that new equipment, and then staff training and wages once you are up and running. Down the road, there are equipment maintenance costs, continued training of staff, insurance, and the energy necessary to run it all. By outsourcing to a third party, you remove those fixed costs from your bottom line. At the same time, you are leveraging the experience and know-how of your experienced partner.

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More financial freedom leads to increased growth for your company and greater financial flexibility. Not having a new production line to manage means you can concentrate more of your efforts on what your business does well. Instead of focusing on the production of a singular component, you can dedicate more of your time to developing new products and evolving existing ones.

Relying on Experts

Aside from the monetary investment in bringing another production line on, there are intangible advantages to outsourcing your ECM needs as well. Finding a partner that's already doing what you need done means they already have the experience in working with the components you need. At that point, they become more than an outsourced entity, they can become a partner in your production. They can leverage that experience to help you develop your product in ways you may not even have thought of. Instead of just supplying components, your ECM partner can make suggestions on possible improvements based on industry know-how.

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Speed and Scalability

Another advantage of outsourcing to your ECM is the speed and scalability to help you stay competitive in today's marketplace. In a realm where growth is key, outsourcing helps you better meet demand.

Outsourcing places all the responsibility for meeting your needs on the outsource partner. After all, if they want to meet your demands and keep your business, it's in their interest to invest in the latest technologies or more factory space.

With an outsourced partner, they no doubt have more capabilities than you, even if you spent your time and efforts building a new line to produce your project in-house. Additionally, if demand increases, they are better positioned to meet that need. You've learned how to gauge the demands put on your business, why not rely on a partner that has learned to ride the crests of theirs?

When it comes down to it, finding an ECM partner like Levison Enterprises just makes sense for the continued growth and success of your company. We’re an industry leader for good reason. Contact us today to learn more about partnering with an ECM provider that allows you to focus on your business entirely.

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Tags: Electronic Contract Manufacturing, Electronic Design, Electronic Manufacturing Service