While APX York Sheet Metal’s focus remains squarely on delivering superior value to our customers and investing in continuous improvement efforts, it’s important to take time to celebrate successes along the way. APX York Sheet Metal is very proud to have been awarded Manufacturer of the Year 2016 and would like to express our appreciation to The Manufacturers’ Association for this prestigious honor.
Satisfying your customers’ needs is at the top of your list, but if your sheet metal supplier doesn’t have the same priorities as you, it could be time to re-evaluate who’s supplying your sheet metal. When seeking out a sheet metal supplier that will exceed your performance expectations, there are several factors that you need to take into consideration. Keep reading to decide if your sheet metal supplier is right for you.
When deciding on which steel to spec for your next project, you may want to look at either galvanized or galvannealed steel. While not appropriate for many applications, if you’re considering an external application where rust is a factor, galvanized and/or galvannealed merit consideration. It’s important to understand the uses of each as well as the differences. Both provide significant rust and corrosion protection, but there are material differences between the two types of zinc coated steel that should be understood.
One of the best ways to improve your suppliers’ performance, besides benchmarking and supplier scorecards, is through consistent and accurate communication. While all companies focus on phone calls and email exchanges as their main channels of communication, RFQs, POs, and engineering drawings are undoubtedly the most important communication lane between companies. It’s imperative you set yourself up for success by keeping all lines of communication wide open. In order to do this effectively, knowing exactly what your suppliers need from you on a PO will make communicating easy and stress-free.
Global procurement leaders are focusing more and more on balancing the off-shore and on-shore manufactured content within their equipment or manufactured products. With China’s admission into the World Trade Organization in 2001, the United States saw a shift of production into China as companies chased lower cost sourcing options. Since 2001, much has changed, and today, best practices in procurement demands a more holistic view of sourcing where the cost of speed, cost of oversight, impact of poor quality, and value of advanced supply-chain communications techniques are more properly considered.
As the pace of business continues to quicken and your end customers’ expectation is for continuous improvement, making sure your supply-chain allows you to meet your delivery commitments is a key performance indicator that separates successful companies from those who can’t keep up. In 2016, outstanding quality, cost and delivery are a market expectation that must be met. Period.
As the pace of business continues to quicken and your end customers’ expectation is for continuous improvement, making sure your supply-chain allows you to meet your delivery commitments is a key performance indicator that separates successful companies from those who can’t keep up. In today's business world, outstanding quality, cost and delivery are a market expectation that must be met. Period.