GDS specializes in
identifying offshore opportunities for manufacturers. We identify, assess,
secure, and oversee the services of manufacturers who can produce and deliver
high-quality goods for a wide range of industries.
Here's an overview of our process:
1: The Assessment
To determine if a relationship has mutual potential, we request
an on-site visit with a prospective client. This gives us the opportunity to
assess the products as well as all components, and to learn about manufacturing
Following this assessment, we will know whether or not a company
can realize significant savings by sourcing in Asia. A typical on-site visit
lasts one or two days.
2: A Close Look at Operations
Working with management, with engineering, and with purchasing,
we study all potential items, drawings, and specs to make sure they're in sync.
Our depth in engineering means that we can determine the best
process for each part. For some clients, we become part of the design process -
literally working on the drawings and designs with your engineers.
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3: Vendor Selection
Steve Anderson has been traveling to Asia for decades and has
visited hundreds of manufacturers there. He has built and continues to build solid relationships with
suppliers. He can personally qualify and
recommend the best suppliers for a wide range of goods.
GDS ships a client's documents as well as physical samples
directly to potential suppliers or to proven trading companies, who in turn
send them to several manufacturers - giving each GDS client exposure to
numerous potential manufacturers.
Next, we assess each supplier and make a final recommendation to
When potential suppliers are identified, we evaluate the
ownership structure and all aspects of process capability. By personally
visiting the manufacturers in China, we provide guidance for ordering of
samples and pre-production lots. We help resolve inspection differences with a
In addition, we help negotiate favorable pricing for our clients
and work on establishing payment terms that satisfy both the client and the
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Samples, along with supporting inspection reports, are shipped
to the client. After approval of samples, GDS prefers to see clients cautiously
begin production at less than full volume until all quality, process, and
communication is proven.
When necessary, we will recommend the use of dual or backup
sources for protection of the supply chain.
Clients Develop an Ongoing Strategy
We facilitate relationships with global manufacturers on behalf of our
In essence, we help you develop an outsourcing strategy, make
the right connections, and provide you with the tools to continue independently