Gartner Research

Ensure Success When Selecting an External Manufacturing Provider

Published: 04 August 2017

ID: G00335158

Analyst(s): Sam New


As relationships with third-party manufacturing providers broaden and deepen, brand owners must shift approaches to maximize value. This research advises supply chain leaders responsible for sourcing and procurement on how to identify, evaluate and select external manufacturing providers.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Deploy Cross-Functional Teams to Identify Desired Outcomes and Develop Weighted Scorecards
  • Identify Core Competencies and Opportunities to Gain Strategic Advantages With Respect to Functional Maturity Levels
  • Align Business Imperatives With Key Capabilities During the RFP Process to Prevent Scope Creep and Maximize the Provider's End-to-End Supply Chain Offerings
  • Produce a Forward-Looking Roadmap in Anticipation of Changing Requirements

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