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Enough about Us for One Minute… Tell Us What You Are Working On

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 | Posted in: Uncategorized

First of all, we like to thank our readership, those who have been taking time to read our posts in the midst of a hard work-day. We hope you’ve found our posts helpful in letting you know more about our company, as well helping you out in your own business. That being said, a blog doesn’t have to be a one-sided conversation. We’d like to take a moment and just listen to you and hear what you have to say about what’s going on at your company.

For instance, what are the kinds of the products you find yourself building these days? As you know from our blog, we’ve been seeing increasing business for more specialized hardware. What sorts of industries have you been seeing a lot of work from? Do you have any particular projects challenging you in one way or another?

 Obviously, we at PMI would like to help you out in getting the job done in a way that works best for both you and for your customer. Or maybe you’ve been running into challenges as far as managing your inventory. Well, Production Materials can certainly help you out with that; we’ve been running highly successful vendor management inventory systems for more than 20 years. 

But we aren’t necessarily asking you just for the sake of business. We want to show people who’ve been taking the time to read this blog over the last year that we’re here to listen to you, and not just sit back and do all the talking ourselves. Who wants that?

Feel free to drop us a line on our blog, or if you’d prefer to email us in private, feel free to do so by contacting sales@productionmaterials.com

We know we have a lot to say. But we’re all ears and ready to listen to what you have to say.

The Rise of Customization: It’s Coming to America Like We’ve Never Seen It Before

Posted on: August 13th, 2012 | Posted in: Uncategorized

We live in an age where – so long as the money is right – a customer has unprecedented levels of flexibility in their ability to personalize the product they buy. For a few dollars added on to your purchase, you can get an iPhone or iPad engraved with a customized message that says pretty much anything you want it to. For a few dollars extra, you can have that same iPhone delivered to your doorstep overnight. With the rise of fast-moving supply chains that can accommodate every whim of the consumer as never before, a corresponding inevitability occurs: the line between consumer and manufacturer gets slightly blurry. With so many consumers asking for “customized” or “personalized” product experiences, the consumer has begun gradually to play more and more of an active role in the physical process of production itself.

We at Production Materials couldn’t be happier about this industry trend, since customization and personalization have always been (apart from quality itself) our special focus. For example, we are truly excited about the new 2013 Dodge Dart from Chrysler Group LLC, a car that offers “five different basic styles, 12 different exterior colors and up to 14 different interior color schemes, including ‘black and ruby red’ and ‘diesel gray and citrus.’ Buyers will pick from up to seven different wheel choices and can get a dashboard they can personalize to either show digital performance data, or virtual analog gauges.” The total number of potential combinations of Dodge Dart that can be produced is estimated to be over 100,000.

To live in the “Global Village” means to exist in the Global Market. Gone is the mass-produced mentality of Henry Ford and his Model T. The future belongs to the artisans and specialists. It will increasingly become the role of companies like PMI to aid consumers in making smart personal choices as far as buying the “right fit” of product for them, whether that’s a car or a computer. Companies like ours with a history of personalizing and tailor-making the consumer experience will be at a marked advantage over companies who’ve only ever known the way of the assembly line.

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