The Intangible (and Uncalculated) Cost of Asia
Manufacturing hardware overseas in Asia is synonymous with low project costs and the necessary means to produce complex consumer devices.
Can stateside manufacturing complex products be as cost effective as producing them overseas? The direct and indirect costs of working with Asian manufacturers should not be ignored, and can lead to critical delays, product dissatisfaction, and quality issues, especially for crowdfunded hardware devices with lower volumes and finite quantities.
This talk will discuss why stateside manufacturing is the right path for Kickstarter and other crowdfunded projects and what to factor in when deciding on how to make the product you designed.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What is the future of crowdfunded and small hardware startups in the US? How will this market change over the next 1-3 years?
- How does manufacturing crowdfunded hardware differ from traditional product development?
- What are the critical points you need to address for a successful crowdfunded manufacturing plan?
- What are the stateside options available for hardware and product manufacturing and how are these unique when compared to overseas manufacturing?
- What are the direct costs of producing hardware in Asia/overseas (i.e. supply chain, logistics, quality, cost increases, and support)? What are the indirect costs of producing hardware in Asia/overseas (i.e. low engagement, airfare/travel, communication, and time and energy)?
Aren Kaser Igor Institute
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