Sourcing managers have a lot of criteria to balance in purchasing activities — packaging solutions included. While suppliers need to work within the confinements of budgets and timelines, they must also be innovative and deliver high-quality custom case solutions. If one takes precedence over the other, businesses can suffer profit loss and have to go back to the drawing board to find replacements.
The tricky part is that many sourcing managers rely on multiple suppliers for a single custom case solution, from the design and manufacturing stages to the logistics of shipments. So they don’t just need to find these qualities in one supplier but rather several — and they have to oversee them all. The more supplier relationships there are to manage, the greater the workload, and the more chances there are for miscommunications and stalled production times.