How Sourcing Agents Take Advantage of Entrepreneurs

Article in partnership with Gembah. Looking for a manufacturing partner? A quick search on Google or Alibaba will surface hundreds of results. It isn’t difficult to find a factory – but it is a much harder task to find the right one.  Entrepreneurs struggle to find and vet a manufacturing partner overseas. Many turn to…Read More

How to Vet a Manufacturing Partner

Article in partnership with Gembah. It’s undeniably more affordable to outsource your product manufacturing to a factory in China or India. But, for most entrepreneurs, it’s difficult to discern which factory is the best fit. Instead of learning how to vet a manufacturing partner, many people rely on a sourcing agent to help navigate the process.…Read More

Why Smart Companies Outsource Product Manufacturing

Article in partnership with Gembah. When new businesses fail, most of the time it’s due to running out of cash. Poor cash flow management is the nemesis of the more than 80% of new ventures that go out of business in the first year.  It takes a lot of capital to get started, no matter…Read More

4 Different Approaches to Successful Product Design

Article in partnership with Gembah. Fast Company’s Innovation By Design award winners in 2019 all have a few things in common: they’re sleek, intuitive, and many have a sustainability focus. From a carbon-negative, algae-based plastic raincoat to a reusable takeaway-cup service for large venues, the winning designs all meld form and function to create a…Read More

Manufacturing in China: The Ultimate Guide for Non-pros

Article in partnership with Gembah. The advantages of manufacturing in China cannot be overlooked, but neither can their challenges. Creating a brand new product is an exciting prospect. If this is your first time, you have a lot to learn. Don’t let that dampen your spirits. We’re here to help. Here is everything you need…Read More

How are you so burnt when you’re barely on fire? (with audio version)

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares the links between climate change, wellbeing, and PLM as part of the solution. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel.  The world is burning, and we’re all burnt out. Are the two related? It’s clear they are for those who have suffered…Read More

Technically Glitched Curriculums: A Call To Responsibility

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares her concerns on our education system – and, in particular, how it’s setting graduates up to fail. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel.  Last month I took on my first intern for the company I founded and direct. It started with…Read More

User-Centric Software Places Simplicity at the Heart of Product Design

Bombyx PLM is on a mission to streamline product design and development, helping manufacturers, product developers and creatives get back to what they do best without tedious, time-consuming admin tasks. The product lifecycle management software is for any company creating products and supports the whole development process, from the initial concepts right through to production.…Read More

Love, Death and PLM

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares her thoughts on people as a product, how their lifecycle and wellbeing matters more than the consumable product itself, and how the empowerment of people and investment in technology can create a better working culture that only supports and promotes the end products of a brand. Lucy…Read More

Navigating the PLM Playing Field

Lucy Blackley shares her thoughts on the similarities between small and large enterprises when it comes to PLM. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. Why does PLM feel like a political playing field, where the growth of everyone together isn’t an option, despite the recent shifts in…Read More