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We have been publishing a quarterly newsletter for nearly two years to an exclusive list of email subscribers. With nearly 400 subscribers, we thought it was time to go public. We are proud to announce thatIssue #7: Industry 4.0’ will be hosted for the first time ever on our website. Industry 4.0 will feature a newly designed layout geared to be direct and user friendly. Check out past editions: http://www.889globalsolutions.com/889-global-solutions-newsletter/

Here at 889, we envision this newsletter to be a source of information for all companies that are involved in manufacturing and procurement. We will be covering trending topics and developing industry news. We will have provided content from peers and partners within the industry that we identify as thought leaders. If you or somebody you know would like to get involved in the next quarterly edition, please contact our team at contact@889globalsolutions.com.

Please note that 889 Global Solutions has the discretion to exclude content that does not align with the topic or the 889 mission.

We look to publish the newest edition Wednesday, December 20th during your lunch break. Hope you enjoy!


China Manufacturing Holidays and Production Delays

The Chinese New Year of 2018 starts on February 15th, and lasts until February 21st. While this is a major event that is still largely unknown outside of Asia, importers are sometimes painfully… aware of this season. They certainly have good reasons. The Chinese New Year shuts down every single production facility in the entire country, for varying time frames. In the worst case, and rather likely, scenario – the Chinese New Year can result in severe delays.

Although the official dates of the Chinese National holidays are helpful to understand, it is equally important to know the range of dates around the holiday that are impacted. It is difficult to plan supply chains with inconsistent schedules.

The unofficial dates are what allow the factory workers to visit relatives they may not have seen since the previous year’s holiday. The two holidays with the most days off are the Chinese New Year (mid-February) and the Chinese National Holiday (early October). Both are officially celebrated for a full week. Factory workers that are employed in big metropolitan areas tend to follow the official dates more closely since their relatives are closer geographically, or easier to get to. But, many factories close two weeks prior to the holiday and may not open with a full staff until two weeks after the holiday.

It is also helpful to look at it this way: if a factory closes two weeks before Chinese New Year, and workers do not fully return until two weeks after, that factory will not only have no production during that time, but it will also take a few days after the employees return to get things back up to speed.  Then if you look deeper in to that factory’s material supplier, they will also be delayed, resulting in another week. Finally, the large amounts of containers that did not make it out before the holiday will take time to be processed. Ultimately, it is wise to forward plan for 4-8 weeks of delays during these times of the year. But why let that be a deterrent from all the positive aspects of working with Chinese manufacturers?

As a company who has been working closely with a lot of Chinese Manufacturers, one of our suggestions is better planning. By having a better understanding about the Chinese holidays and non-working days, U.S. manufacturers should be able to plan their production. Ensure that production starts in late December, at latest. That assumes in average production time is around 30 to 40 days. If it takes more than 40 days, we start counting backwards and look to have a “buffer stock” in our warehouse. Try to have a minimum 2 weeks’ worth of “buffer stock” between the end date of the production, and the date they close. We also attached a Chinese calendar to help.

Source

New Year’s Day 2018:  Jan 1st. No makeup days.

Spring Festival/Chinese New Year: Feb 15th to 21st, makeup days on Feb 11th and 24th

Qing Ming Festival: 5 Apr to 7 Apr, makeup day on Apr 8th.

May Labor Day: Apr 29th to May 1st, makeup day on May 28th.

Dragon Boat Festival: Jun 16th – 18th, no makeup day.

Mid-Autumn Festival: Sep 22nd – 24th, makeup days on Sept 29th – 30th.

October National Day:  Oct 1st – 7th, no makeup day.


Why doesn’t China want an extra hour of sleep?

Are you guys excited for an extra hour of sleeping time? Are you following the daylight savings? If you are, is China following it with you? While much of the world will be participating in the bizarre ritual of moving their clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time (DST) this weekend, China won’t be taking part. That’s because China doesn’t observe it.

If you’re from a Western country, you probably know the DST drill. In autumn, the clocks “fall back” an hour, earning you an extra hour of sleep. But in the spring, the clocks “spring forward,” which means you lose a whole 60 minutes of precious shut-eye. The clock switches are supposed to account for the changes in daylight hours between seasons.

If you’ve ever tried to schedule a Skype call with family or friends back home, you’ve probably noticed how this affects the time difference. For example, if you’re making a call to a friend on America’s East Coast from China, you might be 13 hours ahead in November but 12 hours ahead in April.

China is one of the several countries that does not observe DST, and their daily clock remains unchanged throughout the year. In fact, most of Asia doesn’t observe it, with Japan and India being the sole fellow DST followers.

But this wasn’t always the case for China. The Chinese government made the change to DST in April of 1986 to try and conserve energy. A study from Peking University illustrated that this could save up to 2 billion kilowatt hours of energy (O’Donnell 2017). Government officials had hoped that moving “wasted energy” from early morning light (thanks, sleeping factory workers) to the end of the day when more people were active, the demand for electricity would be reduced.

But the period of changing the times twice a year was unpopular. The city of Guangzhou found it difficult to adapt to the system, and eventually ignoring it altogether. When China was supposed to be moving clocks forward an hour on April 15, workers in Guangzhou complained so much that their employers caved.

The workday at restaurants, schools and government offices across Guangzhou was shifted ahead an hour so that workers could get up the same time as they normally did and still claim they were following the time change. But because the time change was not considered official, many people began forgetting to reset their clocks and meeting times constantly had to be doubled checked. The confusion and inconsistency led to the Chinese government ditching DST altogether in 1992.

Perhaps China is onto something. with not observing DST. The system isn’t too popular with the sleep-deprived citizens of the world. But don’t take our word for it — just check out the Change.org petitions calling for the repeal of DST.

 

Credit: O’Donnell, B. (2017, March 11). Explainer: Why China Doesn’t Have Daylight Savings Time. Retrieved November 2, 2017, from thatsmags: http://www.thatsmags.com/beijing/post/16191/explainer-why-china-doesn-t-follow-daylight-savings-time


2017 NMSDC Conference

 

As a Minority Business Enterprise for many years now, it has brought unique opportunities and insights in the industry to light at 889 Global Solutions. By adding our Woman-Owned Small Business status recently we are excited to expand this activity. Over the past few days (Sunday, October 22nd – Wednesday, October 25th) our team participated in the 2017 NMSDC Conference.

Ranging in industries from Automotive to Healthcare with many company sizes represented at the conference, there was a lot to learn. The growing use of Supplier Diversity Programs in large businesses has allowed MBE’s to become more interconnected than ever.

 


AmCon Show a Success

Last week, September 18-20, 889 Global Solutions made an appearance at the AmCon show in Cleveland, Ohio, located at the I-X Center. The turnout was a success for both exhibitors and attendees as American Contract Manufacturers met with local and regional businesses to solve supply chain needs.

The 889 team was excited to create visibility by not only exhibiting, but also presenting a seminar for a local forum at the trade show titled “How to Take Advantage of Global Resources”. AmCon Trade Shows are nationally recognized for having domestic manufacturers come represent themselves and the industry. The show provides a platform for manufacturers to showcase their products and services, as well as, learn about the latest trends in different sectors through educational forums.
As a company that has continually grown since its inception in 2001, 889 has knowledge and experience from past and current practices. It was exciting to learn from others in the space and share what we see as the best way to outsource a supply chain in order to take advantage of labor cost-savings, materials, and also avoid situational road-blocks along the way.

As Alex Anderson, 889 Global Solutions Sales Associate and presenter of the forum, explained “It was a good turnout. There was a good amount of stimulating conversations and general questions about when it is appropriate to look for sourcing solutions internationally, how to go about introducing your company to the practice, and pitfalls to avoid. 889 is proud to consider themselves a leader in this practice and was happy to pass along knowledge that could help businesses be more cost-effective and enhance their supply chain operations.”

Make sure and see 889 Global Solutions showcase more of their services offered at the next trade show being attended in Detroit, Michigan on October 22-25, 2017 for the NMSDC Trade Show. There, you will find not only examples of our international sourcing and manufacturing capabilities, but also our MBE and government contracts capabilities as well. Questions? Please feel free to call 614-235-8889 or email at contact@889globalsolutions.com.


Judy Huang, CEO of 889 Global Solutions, recognized as Panelist for Smart Women Breakfast Awards from Smart Business Magazine – Columbus

We are very excited to share that Judy Huang, the CEO and founder of 889 Global Solutions was selected to be a panelist at the 2017 Central Ohio Smart Women Breakfast and Awards! The Smart Women Awards is an annual event held by Smart Business Magazine that recognizes the achievements and success of leading businesswomen and entrepreneurs.

Originally born in China, Judy moved to the United States at age 12. After pursuing a degree in Marketing and Communications from Boston College, she returned to China where she founded the second licensed real estate company in Beijing—which happened to become profitable within 90 days. However, Judy soon found herself in a unique position to leverage her Chinese cultural knowledge and American business acumen to identify targeted growth opportunities within the Sino-American commercial domain. This prompted her to sell her real estate company and create 889 Global Solutions.

889’s core business model involves the implementation of customized sourcing strategies and the utilization of manufacturing facilities in East Asia in order to reduce procurement costs for its clients. As a result of its extensive network of domestic and international contacts in addition to its storied history as a contract manufacturer for 17 years, 889’s unique value proposition arises from its substantial experience and adeptness at navigating the complicated landscape of international supply chain management.

889’s success has led to a variety of clients that range from small and mid-sized US manufacturers to members of the healthcare, food equipment & supplies, and the oil & gas industries. 889 Global Solutions employs and possesses a range of manufacturing processes and capabilities that are catered to the needs of each client.

In addition to serving these primary customer bases, 889 has further expanded to develop strong client-relationships with many government entities, such as the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Department of Commerce, and the Ohio Department of Health to name a few.

Judy was chosen as a panelist in order to highlight her accomplishments as a prominent female player in the manufacturing sector and her commitment to team building and encouraging diversity of thought in the workplace.

Judy’s leadership philosophy emphasizes that the company should be “employee owned,” meaning that all employees feel a sense of ownership and commitment towards the long term strategies and goals of the company. Judy fosters this shared sense of devotion towards a common vision at 889 Global Solutions by facilitating a strong open-door work environment and following a flat management structure.

Ensuring that there is always an open line of communication between all team members is a priority at 889 global solutions, and having the ability to bring up issues openly and discussing those issues as a team minimizes difficulties while bolstering overall employee satisfaction.

As Judy mentioned in her recent interview with Smart Business Magazine, “I’m OK with people challenging my thought process and nobody has to feel like they have to kowtow to me or kowtow to any other department head. It’s about solving the problem.”

By creating this collaborative work environment, everyone is an integral component in solving any of the challenges the firm faces. Every employee is encouraged to adopt an innovative mindset that challenges and improves all of the day-to-say systems and processes 889 Global Solutions implements.

Take a look at Judy’s feature in Smart Business Magazine in the link below!
The Smart Business Magazine

*picture credit http://www.smartbusinessemag.com/August2017/Columbus#&pageSet=9


Speedy Evolution of the Healthcare Industry

Technological advancement is accelerating every day. Among the fastest evolving technologies in 2017 is Artificial Intelligence. According to Accenture, Artificial Intelligence is a collection of multiple technologies that enable machines to sense, comprehend, act, and learn, either on their own or to augment human activities (Accenture). There is a wide variety Artificial Intelligence applications; among them its application in the Healthcare Industry.

The Artificial Intelligence is already helping healthcare providers in data management. The data management process start with collecting, storing, normalizing, and tracing data traditionally managed by a human system. Google, a leader in AI, launched its Google Deepmind Health Project in 2016 (Matthew, 2016). This project is used to mine data of medical records in order to provide more accurate and faster access to health data (Mesko, 2016). The project is in its initial state, so it remains pretty difficult to tell whether or not this new project will make big impact to the industry.

Artificial Intelligence can also be applied in designing treatment plans. IBM is attempting to improve treatment plan design. It launched this special program for oncologists and is able to provide clinicians evidence-based treatment options (Mesko, 2016). It helps the doctors to identify the key information in a patient’s medical record, provide relevant articles, and explore treatment options to reduce unwanted variation of care and give time back to their patients (Mesko, 2016). By combining all attributes, Watson can recommend holistic treatment plans for a patient.

Naturally, Artificial Intelligence is helpful in assisting repetitive tasks. As true in healthcare as any other industries, IBM launched a new project in this area called Medical Sieve (Mesko, 2016). Medical Sieve is an ambitious long term exploratory project to build a next generation cognitive assistant with advanced multimodal analytics, clinical knowledge, and reasoning capabilities that is qualified to assist in clinical decision-making in radiology and cardiology (Mesko, 2016). The cognitive assistant can help radiologist and cardiologist analyze image to spot and detect problems faster and more reliably.

Artificial Intelligence will also revolutionize the way doctors and patients interact. Today, when you are sick, you need to pick up your phone, call you general practitioner and make an appointment. In the future, online medical consultation and medical service will be possible through AI implementation. One of the companies that has offered this kind of service is Babylon, a new British startup (Mesko, 2016). Babylon launched its application that offers medical consultation online based on a patient’s medical records and general medical knowledge (Mesko, 2016). The app will also remind patients to take their medicine regularly and follow up to find out how they are feeling.

Artificial Intelligence will have a huge impact on genetics and genomics as well. Deep genomics, a system that predicts the molecular effects of genetic variation, leads to new discovery for disease diagnostics and therapies (Deep Genomics). Its purpose is identifying patterns in huge data sets of genetic information and medical records, looking for mutations and linkage to disease (Mesko, 2016).  In other words, this AI will help to invent a new generation of computational technologies that will inform doctors what will happen within a cell when DNA is altered by genetic variation, whether natural or therapeutic (Mesko, 2016).

In terms of decision making, artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing. Digital health apps and wearable smart devices are more popular than ever. The proliferation of this trend has the potential to empower individuals to manage their health before intervention is needed (Burke, 2017). Technologies help people make sense of their conditions, sort through their treatment options, and make wise decision about their care. Overall, increasing a patient’s knowledge about their care and improving their satisfaction.

Healthcare has already evolved drastically throughout the 21st century. Traditionally, successful treatment has relied on connections between healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceutical or medical device companies and other auxiliary players, while still requiring the patient to manage their own care. Overtime, focus has shifted to the patient while establishing a coordinated, cohesive effort among all healthcare industry professionals to deliver more effective and efficient care. With the introduction and evolution of Artificial Intelligence, the ability to provide the patient with the most effective treatment has taken a quantum leap forward.

Works Cited

Accenture. (n.d.). ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, PUT TO WORK. Retrieved May 26, 2017, from Accenture: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-artificial-intelligence-software
Burke, Z. (2017, February 13). Healthcare industry, or consumer health industry? Retrieved May 26, 2017, from Healthcare IT News: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/healthcare-industry-or-consumer-health-industry
Deep Genomics. (n.d.). Changing The Course Of Genomic Medicine. Retrieved May 26, 2017, from Deep Genomics: https://www.deepgenomics.com/
Matthew, J. (2016, February 26). Google Launches DeepMind Health, Bringing AI to Healthcare. Retrieved May 26, 2017, from Futurism: https://futurism.com/google-officially-announces-launch-deepmind-health/
Mesko, B. (2016, August 17). Artificial Intelligence Will Redesign Healthcare. Retrieved May 26, 2017, from The Medical Futurist: http://medicalfuturist.com/artificial-intelligence-will-redesign-healthcare/


Without Growth, There is Just Stagnation.

Following this mantra, 889 achieved goals to grow in 2016 and the first half of 2017. In sum total, we’ve added two project managers, four sales representatives, and three administrative personnel over the past year and a half. We’ve implemented new processes, including a comprehensive customer service strategy, a reformed management structure, and a redux of our logistics management procedures. By 2017, our custom built-to-print parts entered the automotive aftermarket for the first time. Additionally, we’ve expanded our vendor network to provide even more high quality investment castings and aluminum forgings. You may have already seen it (and if you haven’t, check it out!), but we launched a new website to start the year, far more accurately displaying the diverse capabilities 889 has to offer its clients.

Now, we aren’t telling you all this simply to brag (only a little bit for that). Instead, we want to plug that to which we believe we owe this success. In 2015, 889 began to implement a system called the “Entrepreneurial Operating System” (EOS), popularized by Gino Wickman in his business strategy book Traction. Through the help of implementer and friend of the company Rich Russakoff and diligent study by Judy Huang and others, our team has been able to “get a grip” on our goals over the past year and a half thanks to the ideas espoused in Traction.

In Traction, Gino Wickman argues that businesses often stagnate or fail because the company vision and purpose is not shared by all members of the organization. To defeat this evil, Mr. Wickman proposes the “Entrepreneurial Operating System,” designed to optimize the core components of any business.

As with any business strategy, Traction is a map, not the territory. It is designed for customization in implementation, and that has certainly been the case at 889. The journey of defining how we can best utilize EOS has been fun, challenging, and ultimately rewarding.

With Traction at our backs, we are fully prepared to turn our sights to 2018 and beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!
Check out Traction and the EOS at their website: here


The New Megacity Xiongan

On April 3rd, all the real estate companies were forced to shut down in Xiongxian, a county in Xiongan Area, where the police chased real estate speculators soon after the region was established. You might wonder what escalated the situation and led to police violence, so let me give a brief introduction to Xiongan Area first.

On April 1st 2017, the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee and the State Council decided to establish a national new area in Xiongan, encompassing three counties of Xiongxian, Roncheng and Anxin. The foundation of the area is another crucial strategic choice proposed by the party after the establishment of the Shengzhen Economic Zone and Shanghai Pudong New Area. The Xiongan New Area has ample natural resources, including natural gas, oil, subterranean heat, and mineral resources, and has an excellent ecosystem with various species of plants and animals.

Initially, the Chinese government desired to offer a solution for the problems faced by Beijing with the Xiongan project. The plan will adjust Beijing’s spatial structure to relieve the pressure of population, and provide a new mode to improve high populated areas. In addition, it will transform the industry structure to make the businesses environmental friendly. Moreover, the plan will facilitate the relocation of non-capital functions from Beijing to its surrounding vicinity, bringing a population of 20 million people to the labor force in underdeveloped regions.

However, the government’s stated vision is now more ambitious than the original goals. They seek to emphasize the innovation and advanced technology in business clusters in order to reactivate growth in the regions of Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta after the economic recession. In addition to economy and infrastructure, the plan also focuses on the continuity of culture in the Xiongan New Area. The government will fund a project to collect regional folklore and preserve local tradition.

Naturally, many real estate agencies perceive this as an opportunity to invest in housing, and they overcrowded the area soon after the establishment of the area. The government quickly issued a ban on real estate purchases to prevent the rising prices in housing, and ensure low-income citizens can afford to live in the area, which results in the scene in the beginning of this article. The CCP plans for the new area to achieve sustainable development and improve the residents’ living standards while prevents unethical profiting on the housing market and further aggravation of the economy. Despite conflicting interests between government and investors, the new area is already attracting new talent to contribute to its growth. After government’s initiative to develop the new area, more PhDs come to the area to seek career advancements.

The plan for the Xiongan Area bears witness to conflicting interest between Chinese businesses and the government. It is yet to be seen whether the Xiongan New Area is capable of ensuring China’s holistic developments by maintaining citizens’ welfare while creating ample businesses opportunities for enterprises.


Growth in Government Contracting

We first began our government contracting work by manufacturing promotional products for the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety in 2012. Since then, we have been able to consistently improve our company supply chain and capabilities to quickly increase our growth. We now currently hold a dozen contracts with our University and State of Ohio clients. In the near future, we are planning to expand into contracting for Federal clients as well as State Governments outside of Ohio.

To supplement this growth, our employee size has more than doubled already in 2017 with full-time employees and part-time interns. We are also happy to be attending the Municipalities Business Conference and Expo (August 2nd – 3rd) in Columbus with our new and improved man power!

With our certifications as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman Owned Business (WBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) we have placed ourselves in a unique position to succeed in this marketspace. So far this year, we have added the following contracts to our growing business:

  • 800-18 Aggregate, Bituminous Materials (Ohio Department of Transportation)
  • 801G-18 Asphalt (Ohio Department of Transportation)
  • 839-18 Glass Beads (Ohio Department of Transportation)
  • 828-18 Extruded Sign Panels (Ohio Department of Transportation)
  • RS902717 Floor Maintenance Machines (All State of Ohio Agencies and Local Political Subdivisions)
  • 4775ME Custodial Supplies (Cleveland State University)

We would love to see you at one of our events either in August or the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council Conference in October (featured earlier in the newsletter)!