Outsourcing vs. Insourcing

As a manufacturer of cable harness assemblies and custom battery packs for other manufacturers, Rapport is familiar with the value proposition many customers evaluate regarding manufacturing location. Many manufacturing customers struggle with the question of whether to build a cable harness or battery pack internally or outsource it to a value-added reseller like Rapport. Typically, the overarching question is, “Which is cheaper—outsourcing or insourcing”? For our customers, the answer is always outsourcing to Rapport.

Why is it cheaper?

Outsourcing custom cable harness assembly or battery pack manufacturing to Rapport, inc. is a less expensive approach for our customers for a number of reasons including:

  • Labor – Rapport employs a skilled labor force that is focused on assembling specific manufacturing components (e.g., cable harnesses, battery packs). The repeatable nature of this work ensures that these individuals can complete assigned jobs in an efficient manner.
  • ISO 9001:2008 Certification – Rapport, inc. is audited annually to ensure our compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. Since we build quality into our manufacturing process, the testing and quality assurance steps at the end of our production cycle truly validate a quality product is ready to ship out the door, instead of having to remediate non-conformance issues at the end of the production life cycle due to a lack of standard quality procedures.
  • Supplier Relationships – Volume supplier discounts on the components of a customer’s bill of materials (BOM) for a job allow Rapport to assemble custom cable harnesses and battery packs at a lower cost than a customer would be able to buy the individual components.
  • Tooling – Rapport has made a significant investment in tooling to improve production efficiency and ensure consistent and repeatable product assembly.

Those are just a few of the cost-saving reasons that our customers choose to outsource to Rapport. Call us today to discuss how we can increase your bottom line by decreasing your component manufacturing costs.

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