Exploring Outsourcing: Pros, Cons, and Strategies


Outsourcing in the decoration industry. Discover the why and when of outsourcing and the benefits it offers, from introducing new decoration methods to focusing on core competencies and navigating production peaks. In this week’s show, we will also explore the challenges of outsourcing and guide you through the considerations necessary to make informed decisions about outsourcing. How can you find the right vendor and engage in essential conversations to ensure a successful partnership? Whether you’re contemplating outsourcing to expand your services or optimize your production process, this episode offers invaluable insights and strategies to maximize your success. Join Aaron, Terry, and Erich as they share their expertise and experiences in the dynamic world of outsourcing within the decoration industry.

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Dad Joke

Terry: From the “One Time in a Bar” series

A priest, a minister and a rabbit walk into a bar
The rabbit says, “I think I might be a typo.”

Exploring Outsourcing

Aaron: Which of our live listeners are outsourcing right now? Let us know in the comments.

Terry: Why choose to outsource?
To add a new decoration method
To “get your feet wet” with a new technology
To focus on what you do best
To help you through peaks in production
Space to grow (Self Sabotage due to fear of failure)

Erich: What are some of the challenges?
Loss of control of quality and timeliness
Reduced margins
Responsibility versus ownership

Aaron: How do I find the right outsourcing vendor?
Talk to industry friends
Ask for references
Invest in a test

Terry: What conversation should I have with a new vendor?
Are you set up to do contract decorating?
Do you offer this service seasonally only?
Do your “full price” orders take priority over your contract work?
What is your spoilage policy?


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