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Key Factors to Consider for Manufacturing Outsourcing

Published: 03 November 2017

ID: G00342122

Analyst(s): Michael Dominy , Sam New , Stan Aronow


As relationships with external manufacturing providers broaden, the services offered are increasing and diversifying. Supply chain leaders should use this research to balance the benefits and risks associated with outsourcing some or all manufacturing functions to a third-party provider.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Conduct a Thorough, Introspective Analysis of Manufacturing Functions to Determine What Is Core and What Is Noncore
  • Identify Corresponding Offerings in the External Manufacturing Marketplace for Noncore Functions
  • Consider Benefits Other Than Cost Reduction When Evaluating Outsourcing Options
  • Establish Cross-Functional Decision-Making Teams That Are Sufficiently Inclusive to Avoid Omitting Key Variables

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