Total Project Management assures efficient coordination of all facets
of the procurement program from design to delivery. The range of
services that Simmons International provides includes sourcing,
vendor qualification, engineering/technical support, negotiations,
IPQC and final inspection, manufacturing and shipping control, and
third party inspection.
Simmons conducts vendor surveys to identify potential manufacturers,
not only those already producing product within the category, but
others with the potential capabilities (based on their equipment and
background) to meet our clients requirements. Vendor surveys include
a review of the manufacturer's current production capability, his
manufacturing facilities, equipment, QA/QC program, financial strength
as well as his management (staff and operational).
Negotiations at the initial stage are conducted by line staff with
senior staff joining the final negotiations. Negotiations are transparent,
with the manufacturers pricing analysis reviewed jointly with us on
a step-by-step basis. This includes a breakout of the component parts
they purchase, coupled with our efforts to reduce these costs by suggesting
alternative sources and/or components. For those component parts which
are not readily available to the manufacturer, we work to help them
locate sources and, in some cases, negotiate prices.
Our Mechanical and Electronic engineers are fully conversant with
the production processes related to operations in their areas of expertise
and their presence in the factories provides continual support during
production. Recognizing a rapidly expanding market for outsourcing
of professional engineering services, we are now actively strengthening
our capabilities in this area. Our aim is to integrate Simmons services
even more closely with our clients in house systems through engineering
and technical support.
Through experience gained over twenty seven years of international
operations, we fully appreciate the critical nature of communications.
Whether pertaining to shipping, negotiations, engineering, quality
control and reporting, or production schedules, the information is
of little value unless communicated promptly and properly. Communications
by courier, telephone, email, fax or video conferencing is critical
when business is conducted over an expanse of many thousands of miles
and differences in language and customs can lead to misunderstandings.
Assurance/Quality Control/Third Party Inspection
Simmons Quality Assurance/Control department (Taiwan) has a
staff of 34 plus 35 on-site inspectors/engineers based in Mainland
China, each highly trained and experienced.
Quality Assurance Department (QA) performs vendor surveys,
first article sample inspections, establishes inspection
criteria, designs, orders and calibrates inspection equipment,
and trains staff in international quality standards such
as ISO9000, QS9000, IAPMO, 6-Sigma, ANSI/CSA, ASTM, NSF,
Quality Control Department (QC) carries out in-process
quality control and final audit inspection, as well as
corrective action and follow-up. For major projects we
maintain a staff of inspectors who are permanently based
in a dedicated factory with responsibility for daily "on-line"
inspection during a production run. We also provide third
party inspection service.
Our export traffic department is responsible not only for scheduling/consolidating
shipments but also for maintaining updated schedules that are used
by our own staff and principals. They also monitor shipping and open
order status. We review not only the available sailings but also changes
in the freight rates. We work to obtain any available cost advantages
due to sales volume, utilization of different shipping lines, or,
if available, changes in the product classification or tariff.