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  • How This Automotive Engineering Company Developed a Cohesive Cost Reduction Strategy

    How This Automotive Engineering Company Developed a Cohesive Cost Reduction Strategy

    Getting to market quickly with a high-quality product can sometimes come at the expense of a cohesive cost reduction strategy. Hailing an iconic black cab in London has long been considered a safe...

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  • What is Design to Cost? An Overview with Examples

    What is Design to Cost? An Overview with Examples

    For manufacturers, cost-cutting is an ever-present goal: achieving lower costs while retaining the desired functionality means higher profit margins, more market share, and happier customers....

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  • What to Look for in Manufacturing Costing Software

    What to Look for in Manufacturing Costing Software

    For manufacturers, inadequate cost modeling capabilities can drive serious business problems. Many manufacturers, for instance, are forced to no-bid potentially valuable work solely due to a...

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  • Six Key Trends and Takeaways that Affect Profitability and Time to Market

    Six Key Trends and Takeaways that Affect Profitability and Time to Market

    We recently conducted a survey of Industry Week’s and Machine Design’s discrete manufacturing audience. The primary goal of the survey was to better understand product lifecycle trends and their...

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  • Design-to-Cost Strategy Succeeds at Jabil

    Design-to-Cost Strategy Succeeds at Jabil

    On September 25, 2018, aPriori sponsored a regional meeting in California for manufacturers of high tech electronic equipment who expressed interest in learning how to easily identify and...

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  • Case Study:  Implementing a Culture of Cost Awareness

    Case Study: Implementing a Culture of Cost Awareness

    How a High Tech Electronics Company Saved Millions by Attacking their Mechanical Spend The aPriori Customer profiled in this Case Study is in the High Tech Electronics (HTE) industry vertical, and...

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  • Is Your Cost Management Software Implementation Destined to Fail?

    Is Your Cost Management Software Implementation Destined to Fail?

    A few years ago, IBM Systems Magazine did some interesting research on the characteristics that led to a successful software implementation.1 The findings were somewhat surprising. Of the...

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  • There is Something Missing from Engineering Optimization

    There is Something Missing from Engineering Optimization

    This post was co-authored by Ansley Barnard, ESTECO and Amanda Bligh, aPriori In more and more cases, optimization is being used to solve engineering problems. This includes examples of...

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  • Product Cost Plays a Significant Role in Driving Cultural Change at GE

    Product Cost Plays a Significant Role in Driving Cultural Change at GE

    General Electric is one of the largest diversified industrial manufacturers in the world. The company designs and manufactures aircraft engines, locomotives and other transportation equipment,...

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  • My Story: From Evaluating Cost Engineering Solutions to Building a Global Costing Methodology with aPriori

    My Story: From Evaluating Cost Engineering Solutions to Building a Global Costing Methodology with aPriori

    I was an aPriori customer before I joined the team at aPriori four months ago. Now that I am part of the company, my experience as a customer will quickly become discounted going forward. My...

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  • How Caterpillar uses aPriori in its New Product Introduction Programs

    How Caterpillar uses aPriori in its New Product Introduction Programs

    Caterpillar has been a customer with aPriori for many years. They have aPriori product cost management deployments going on at the different divisions around the company and around the world....

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  • Aerospace Industry Trends: Supplementing an Aging Workforce

    Aerospace Industry Trends: Supplementing an Aging Workforce

    In light of an aging aerospace workforce, do you have a plan for supplementing the knowledge that will disappear with your retirees? How do you plan to arm the next generation with the tribal...

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  • Agile Supply Chain Management: Traversing an Increasingly Global and Complex World

    Agile Supply Chain Management: Traversing an Increasingly Global and Complex World

    In a world that is increasingly global, digital, and intelligent, modern supply chains are faced with challenges presented by complex and interconnected systems. As supply chains have become...

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  • How to Get the Lowest Price on Supplier Quotes

    How to Get the Lowest Price on Supplier Quotes

    Sourcing professionals are faced with many challenges, the biggest of which is knowing how much parts are to cost. They are responsible for providing a quote at the most competitive price, without...

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  • Five Steps to Turbo-Charge Cost Reduction Negotiations With Your Supplier

    Five Steps to Turbo-Charge Cost Reduction Negotiations With Your Supplier

    You know that discussion with your supplier about pricing you’ve been meaning to have? It’s time. In fact, it’s past time. Cost reductions won’t happen on their own. Conducting a spend analysis...

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  • How to Overcome the 3 Major Pitfalls in Responding to Supplier RFQs

    How to Overcome the 3 Major Pitfalls in Responding to Supplier RFQs

    “We need to respond to the RFQ how soon!?” That may be the panicked question you first ask when receiving a request for a quote (RFQ), followed by thoughts of working through a large bill of...

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  • Utilizing Should Costing to Engage and Retain Millennial Talent

    Utilizing Should Costing to Engage and Retain Millennial Talent

    By 2025, over 2 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled due to the looming skills gap created from the 2.7 million baby boomers retiring and the 1/3 of American families encouraging their...

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  • Gaining Value From Your aPriori Product Cost Management Deployment

    Gaining Value From Your aPriori Product Cost Management Deployment

    You’ve just purchased new software. You made it through the sales process and you are excited about all of the features and capabilities the software has to offer. But today, as it is installed,...

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  • How to Set and Achieve Cost Targets to Increase Profitability

    How to Set and Achieve Cost Targets to Increase Profitability

    Today, I’m going to share with you some tips and best practices that top manufacturing companies use to set and achieve cost targets in order to maintain or increase profitability and...

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  • How to Set and Achieve Cost Targets to Increase Profitability

    How to Set and Achieve Cost Targets to Increase Profitability

    Today, I’m going to share with you some tips and best practices that top manufacturing companies use to set and...

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