Updated: Mar 22
Let's talk sourcing. Sourcing is defined as the process of identifying and assessing potential suppliers to bring a product or service into your business. It's an essential part of manufacturing in the USA because it aides you in identifying what vendor is supplying what materials at what standard; when the vendor can get the materials shipped for the right price--and whether the delivery time will meet with your manufacturing schedule.
When sourcing materials, it's important to find that balance between quality and affordability. If you're too frugal with your purchase or buy low quality materials, then the end product may suffer in terms of both durability and lasting value. The quality of the final product is only as aesthetically pleasing as the materials that it is made with. Try to work with a supplier that you form a business relationship with, one whom you can trust and who is transparent with their pricing as well as their advice. And most of all, make sure that your supplier is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.
There are a few reasons why you should source your products in the USA. First and foremost, sourcing in the USA ensures that you're supporting American businesses and workers, helping to create jobs, and supporting the economy. Additionally, sourcing in the USA allows you to have greater control over the quality of your products. American suppliers are held to high standards, and they're known for producing high-quality products. When you source in the USA, you can be sure that your materials will meet or exceed your expectations. Please keep in mind that the majority of raw materials are produced in Asia--this however does not mean that you cannot tap the US vendors and representatives that can supply it to you. Try and work with your US suppliers whenever you have the opportunity. There are many services, however, such as printers and custom hardware fabricators that are local and who produce high standard American product. Spend some extra time sourcing these local small businesses, and it will be well worth your time.
When sourcing your products, it is important to find a supplier that can meet your quality standards and timeline. By working with a company in the USA, you can ensure that you are getting quality products while also supporting American businesses. Schedule a consult with us today and let us source the perfect materials for your accessory line.
Article written by Kat Yasuda.
Kat Yasuda is the Clutch Made resident blogger. She loves to create and has a passion for design and art.