SOURCE: Riverwood Solutions

Riverwood Solutions

April 19, 2011 00:00 ET

Riverwood Solutions Announces Outsourced Manufacturing Academy 2011

Academy Provides Education, Best Practices, and Tools for Success in Outsourced Manufacturing

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - Riverwood Solutions, the innovator in managed supply chain services and operations consulting, today announced the Outsourced Manufacturing Academy 2011, a series of professional training courses designed to provide industry participants with the next level of knowledge needed to work and manage effectively in a world where outsourced manufacturing has become the dominant supply chain model.

The Academy's first course of 2011, "Understanding & Managing Outsourced Manufacturing," will be held June 21-22, 2011 in Austin, Texas. Specifically designed for both OEM and EMS participants, the course will help attendees develop in-depth knowledge of outsourced manufacturing models, the global EMS industry, geographic considerations, and value stream strategies for improving the value of an outsourced manufacturing strategy. Topics to be covered by our industry expert instructors include:

  • The economic model foundations of outsourced manufacturing
    • Economies of scale, balance sheet leverage, labor arbitrage
  • Outsourcing models and their strategic implications
    • EMS, expanded vertical services, CDM/JDM, and the ODM model
  • The outsourcing strategy and decision matrix
    • Sourcing in commoditized markets vs. differentiated value-add
    • Value chain strategies in efficient markets; IP enablement and protection
  • The real economics of outsourcing -- internal and external
    • Unit price vs. total cost
    • Understanding OCOGS and developing appropriate internal structures
  • Geographic landscape of outsourced manufacturing 2011 - 2015
  • Agreements and contracts in outsourced manufacturing
    • Key terms and challenges in the MSA
    • Normative contract terms; understanding the foundation
  • Managing your EMS provider; what typically goes wrong and how to avoid it
    • The view from China; real experiences in EMS management from both sides
  • The OEM/EMS roundtable on outsourced manufacturing

"The prevalence of outsourced manufacturing as the dominant production model in electronics has created a decoupling of the sources of innovation from the sources of production that presents significant challenges for OEMs and service providers alike. Our work with a broad cross-section of both OEMs and EMS providers has provided Riverwood Solutions with a unique perspective and unparalleled experience set to draw upon in creating practical educational materials that can help all industry participants to be more successful -- regardless of which side of the table they are on. The Outsourced Manufacturing Academy provides participants with the latest information, insight and tools to be successful in today's outsourced manufacturing world," remarked Ron Keith, CEO Riverwood Solutions.

About the Course and Presenters

The course was designed by Riverwood Solutions CEO Ron Keith. The material will be presented by senior Riverwood executives from the US, Europe, and Asia, as well as current OEM and EMS industry executives and noted academicians in the field of supply chain management. "Ron's unique and extremely relevant experience brings a refreshing perspective to the subject of outsourcing and operations strategy," says Mike McNamara, CEO of Electronic Manufacturing Services firm Flextronics. Chuck Durnberger at Apple says, "Ron has tremendous experience and understands all aspects of the EMS industry, from the perspective of both the supplier and the customer."

Course Registration Information

More information on the course & registration can be found at: Attendees may be eligible for Continuing Education Credits from a number of professional organizations for their participation and successful completion of the course.

About Riverwood Solutions

Riverwood Solutions ( Riverwood Solutions helps OEMs improve supply chain performance, optimize their operations, and maximize the value of their outsourced relationships. The company provides consulting and managed operations services to technology product companies. Riverwood's team of former electronics manufacturing industry executives and professionals has decades of international experience in negotiating contracts and pricing, launching products, running operations, and managing outsourced supply chains. The company's proprietary HOST(SM) (Hybrid Outsourced Services Team) Model provides highly skilled local resources to help OEMs manage their supply base and improve supply chain performance without adding fixed costs or internal infrastructure. Headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, Riverwood Solutions designs, implements, and manages global supply chains from offices in the USA, Mexico, Switzerland, and China.

Contact Information

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    Bill Booth
    Riverwood Solutions
    (408) 667-7043
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