Supply Chain & Logistics

RPD manages continued supply chain contracts for clients, who wish to increase or diversify their manufacturing capacity. Often we’ll work with large companies that do not want to invest the resource in a mid-production scale product, or smaller companies that do not have access to large manufacturing facilities and associated management resource.


RPD aims to provide a simple process for continued production of a process, managing all the way through to end-customer delivery where necessary. Simply work with our teams to plan your production volumes. Then link your customer data to our global warehousing facilities to have a continuous stream of stock shipped locally and distributed on-demand to your end customer at competitive rates.


Supply Chain and Logistics operations will often include the following work:


Production Planning

RPD teams are available to work with you on planning your stock. We can help you forecast your stock needs, when these should be produced, and how they will be stored. Our teams are experienced in managing production operations for both retail and industry, and therefore are in the perfect position to advise on your procurement strategy.


Factory Management

During production, RPD uses on-site teams to ensure things are running smoothly. With a large number of our manufacturing facilities based in Southern China, we have a local office that includes a supplier and factory management team. They will perform frequent spot checks on factory production runs and ensure the process is kept consistent throughout. This also gives us incredibly agile capability to make necessary changes to production, or respond to unforeseen issues.


Production and Assembly

We aim to keep your production as simple as possible, we will do all of the leg-work in your supply chain, leaving you to select how many units and where they need to be. RPD will work with our supply chain to select the right factories for each component, and map how these will come together in assembly. We will often perform on-site training to teach workers how a product should be produced and assembled, using client signed-off samples as exemplar units. We will also be able to divide up components in projects with high sensitivity, reducing the number of people who have full awareness of your intellectual property in the production stage.


Quality Control

All of our factories are assessed on their quality control practises. We use the latest technology for analysis. We provide tooling and sizing reports for our batches, with 100% testing available on demand. Our on-site teams will also make spot checks on this process, and on components being produced to ensure all practises are being adhered to in the assembly line. We can also provide laser scanning and analysis reports to ensure incredible accuracy to drawings.


Shipping and Import Logistics

RPD is also able to manage your global shipping operation, moving your product to where it needs to be. Our shipping teams are based in China and the UK to efficiently manage your global import/export operation. We’ll work with the 4 largest shipping groups to reduce risk and plan around any disruption, using global forecasts to avoid weather and industrial disruption.


Local Customer Distribution

RPD works with distribution centres around the world, to offer delivery services to your customers. We operate software allowing you to link digital systems to distribution with XML shipping orders. This provides you with seamless dispatch services for your product stock around the world, whether you’re shipping in batches to retailers, or continuously from warehouse stock.


PLM Consulting and Supply Chain Cost Reduction

RPD works with global companies to help reduce cost in product, supply chain and logistics/warehousing. We look at several areas on a production cycle, from suitability of components for manufacturing, to on-shoring and off-shoring. We have experience of saving millions of dollars from global supply chains, primarily in the consumer electronics and consumer goods markets.

Working With RPD

These R&D studies range from solving business strategy and innovation programs, to developing and applying new technology in your company.

With a global team of engineers, designers and prototyping facilities RPD develops products and technologies, with rapid turn-around times.

Operating factories across 40 countries, we’re geared to help you launch the first 1,000 consumer test batch, through to fulfilling the 1,000,000 unit retailer deal.

Your global manufacturing supply chain resource, or as a low-risk feed into your internal facilities, we manage supply chain down to customer distribution.

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RPD International is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 08132895

16 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BD, UK  with subsidiaries in Amsterdam, China and Singapore