Modern approach strategic sourcing

Gaining an Edge: MacroFab’s Modern Approach to Strategic Sourcing

By Muirae Kenney  |  February 20, 2024

The integrity of your PCBA builds rests squarely on the use of high-quality components. Without the right components, your final product won’t meet your expectations or those of your customers.

Genuine, reliable components ensure top-tier performance, user safety, regulatory compliance, and, most importantly, they uphold your company’s reputation.

But the pervasive issue of counterfeits poses a significant challenge for the electronics industry. It’s against this backdrop that MacroFab’s Strategic Sourcing team shines. We’ve taken the buying process, streamlined it, and brought it in-house to enhance both visibility and quality.

Our team has consistently maintained a zero percent counterfeit failure rate over the past 18 months, delivering superior performance and providing our customers with unparalleled peace of mind.

Now, many Contract Manufacturers (CMs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have some sort of procurement team. So what makes MacroFab so different? Here are the primary differentiating factors.

Unwavering Dedication to Quality

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MacroFab’s commitment to quality is a tenacious pledge woven into every facet of our operations. We are proud members of ERAI (Electronic Resellers Association International), a globally recognized organization that enforces stringent standards in the electronics supply chain.

This membership not only holds us accountable for higher levels of counterfeit avoidance but also provides us with invaluable tools for rigorous component authentication. As active members of ERAI, it is our responsibility to ensure that each part we procure aligns with industry standards and contributes to the overall integrity of your PCBA builds.

A Commitment to Innovation

We don’t just embrace innovation–we actively integrate it into our process to offer an enhanced, client-focused experience. Even before you reach our strategic sourcing team, our robust technology platform provides real-time visibility into component availability and price and allows you to choose and designate alternate parts for your build. This dynamic system illustrates pricing changes as your order size increases, giving you a detailed view of how current component choices may impact future costs.

Upon engaging with our strategic sourcing team, you’ll discover a clear focus on efficiency and data accuracy. We’ve streamlined the sourcing process by automating manual tasks, effectively reducing time-consuming, repetitive duties. As a result, you’re provided with a singular, reliable source for procurement data, offering real-time visibility to enable informed, data-driven decisions.

Further enhancing collaboration, our team permissions feature empowers you to link cross-functional teams within your organization. While fostering connectivity, it also maintains accountability, with clear task assignments and appropriate access restrictions.

In terms of strategic insights, our team employs advanced analytics drawn from a growing dataset. This allows us to discern patterns and trends, and crucially, proactively pinpoint risks and opportunities within the supply chain.

Extensive supply options

The end result is a finely-tuned process that drives superior outcomes for your organization. Our innovative, data-centric approach ensures that MacroFab continues to deliver unparalleled results for your PCBA builds.

Extensive Supply Options

MacroFab’s strategic sourcing prioritizes components from the USA initially, followed by Europe. This approach ensures the development of more succinct and easily managed supply chains. Alongside logistical efficiency, it facilitates enhanced ESG (environmental, social, and governance) compliance, affirming our commitment to sustainable and ethical practices.

By concentrating our sourcing within these regions, we also significantly mitigate the potential impact of political, economic, and environmental disruptions, offering you a more reliable and stable sourcing solution.

Our Strategic Sourcing team is always prepared to go the extra mile to meet your specific requirements. If sourcing from the Asia- Pacific (APAC) region aligns better with your needs, we are fully equipped to facilitate this.

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Our team has consistently maintained a zero percent counterfeit failure rate over the past 18 months.

Militant Supplier Vetting

Although MacroFab has a wide range of sourcing options, we don’t buy components from just anyone. In fact, we implement an exacting supplier vetting process to populate our approved vendor list (AVL). This involves conducting thorough research into previous supplier activities through our ERAI membership, which ensures that vendors are in good standing globally and have never dealt in counterfeit materials.

Although this seven-step vetting process takes some time, we believe it’s worth it to ensure continued quality. Additionally, MacroFab continuously reviews its suppliers’ products and services to ensure they meet our standards.

In an industry plagued by counterfeit products and the resulting compromised quality, choosing MacroFab’s Strategic Sourcing provides a fail-safe solution. We offer not just a service, but a partnership – one committed to quality, innovation, and rigorous supplier vetting. With our diverse supply options, we’re ready to rise to any challenge, ensuring that your PCBA builds reflect the highest standards.

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About MacroFab

MacroFab offers comprehensive manufacturing solutions, from your smallest prototyping orders to your largest production needs. Our factory network locations are strategically located across North America, ensuring that we have the flexibility to provide capacity when and where you need it most.

Experience the future of EMS manufacturing with our state-of-the-art technology platform and cutting-edge digital supply chain solutions. At MacroFab, we ensure that your electronics are produced faster, more efficiently, and with fewer logistic problems than ever before.

Take advantage of AI-enabled sourcing opportunities and employ expert teams who are connected through a user-friendly technology platform. Discover how streamlined electronics manufacturing can benefit your business by contacting us today.