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The knowledge to transform manufacturing sourcing and procurement

Manufacturing business leaders are focused, with good reason, on a positive cash flow and revenue-generating, satisfied customers. Approximately 50% of companies’ revenue is spent on purchasing materials for finished goods, and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) items.

If this procurement expenditure happens without a comprehensive strategic plan, then the revenue generation efforts are like trying to fill a bucket with a lot of leaks. You can’t effectively fight a fire with a leaky bucket. Besides, if you have a lot of firefighting going on, then “leaks” are playing havoc with your bottom-line.

My teams and I have specialized in helping small, mid-sized manufacturing companies save money for 25+ years, with honesty, integrity, and simplicity. We don’t claim to know more about your processes than you. We simply help you “see” the opportunities for reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. You may miss these opportunities, not for the lack of knowledge, but for the distractions of the daily operational churn you encounter.

Significant technological advances are being made in manufacturing operations, whether it be shop floor automation or office process automation and artificial intelligence. Our job is to stay ahead of that knowledge curve and bring the benefits of these to you, only when they make economic sense.

Don’t face tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s tools!

We help you solve your challenges, using the most cost-effective tools, in a way best suited to your company. We help you improve and strengthen your internal processes to face external challenges.

You pay us for the proven value we create for you. That is an ROI that you cannot argue with.

Our Process is Simple

Assess Current State

Ideate Solutions

Propose Plan

Test / Implement Solution

Systemize / Report Results

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Contact us today for a free consultation in any of the areas below or beyond.

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Our Services

Minimize Procurement Risks

Enterprise Risk Management

Strategic Sourcing

Supply Chain Stress Testing

Supply Chain Compliance

Blockchain Applications

Supply Markets Intelligence

Reduce Supply Chain Costs

Strategic Cost Management

Should-Cost price analysis

Manufacturing Process Improvement

Engineering Design Optimization

Project Management

Process Automation

Increase Profitability

Category Management

Improve Spend Visibility

Lean/Six Sigma in Supply Chain

Inventory Optimization

Leveraging Globalization

IoT Applications

Transform Procurement

Business Process Automation

ERP/MES and Plant Floor Integration

Digital Transformation Roadmap

eProcurement

Procurement Software

Tail Spend Management

Manage Supply Chain

Supplier Relationship Management

Contract Management

Supplier Metrics Management

Supply Chain Collaboration

Supplier Quality Management

Sustainability

Other Operational Challenges

Outsourcing

Total Cost of Ownership

Effective Negotiations

Reduce Capex Spending

Services Procurement

Corporate Social Responsibility

Minimize Risks

The events of 2020 have made it very clear that Enterprise Risk Management is not a buzzword for large corporations. Risk is real! Risk is unpredictable! Risk needs to be factored into all plans!

Not planning for risks, no matter how remote the possibility, can be devastating, especially for small companies! Don’t leave your customers with bare shelves. The procurement solution platforms that we use are ranked highly in the supplier risk and performance management market.

Manufacturing companies should develop sound strategies to determine the robustness of their supply chains. This should be done prior to any surprises resulting from the failure of the weakest link causing disruptions. We can guide you through the use of new tools, platforms, and apps that have emerged in the Supply Chain Management sphere.

Supply Chain Stress Testing, compliance, blockchain applications, data gathering and analysis for supply market intelligence are all new approaches that can help you into a stronger position when risk strikes.

  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Supply Chain Stress Testing
  • Supply Chain Compliance
  • Block Chain Applications
  • Supply Markets Intelligence

Reduce Supply Chain Costs

Small, mid-sized manufacturing companies often have historically resorted to home-grown, custom spreadsheets, or databases to analyze and act on their spend data. Doing anything different, such as an additional ERP module or add-on, proved to be cost-prohibitive with unjustifiable ROI. With technological advances and SaaS models, the spreadsheet-based approach, while perceived to be effective, is probably costing a company more in time and lost savings realization.

We introduce you to top-ranked solutions for spend analytics, should-cost price analysis, etc. so that you can make data-driven, effective decisions. The data for these decisions can be generated at the click of a button, typically directly from your ERP system, rather than wait for spreadsheet data to be compiled. We help you implement and systemize them in your operations.

Insignificant changes in product design or processes on the supplier end or at your facility could lead to significant price reductions and increased efficiencies. Robotic Process Automation (RPA), often called software robotics, can help you achieve these efficiencies and free up a considerable amount of time, and, probably more importantly reduce human errors.

  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Should-Cost price analysis
  • Manufacturing Process Improvement
  • Engineering Design Optimization
  • Effective Project Management
  • Process Automation

Increase Profitability

Vision without execution is just hallucination. You may have a clear vision about where you want your company profitability figures but lack the resources to get there. We provide the platform, inputs, and resources to transform your procurement data into visible, actionable, big-picture-view of your spending categories, suppliers, demand, and opportunities.

Inventories of finished goods are probably the biggest asset sitting needlessly on your balance sheet with a negative impact on your income statement and profitability. We have proven Lean/Six Sigma techniques to help you increase your inventory turns as well as manage Global Supply Chains effectively, without the need of carrying buffer stock.

Technology and IoT applications have also made all of this much easier to manage and implement.

  • Category Management
  • Improve Spend Visibility
  • Lean/Six Sigma in Supply Chain
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Leveraging Globalization
  • IoT Applications

Manage Supply Chain

Sourcing and procurement strategies have evolved radically from a “procurement pit bull” style, decision matrix model-driven approach that focusses entirely on the buyers’ leverage and power position. Anyone who has employed these tactics knows how ineffective they are in today’s volatile, uncertain, and complex world.

More nuanced, collaborative, trust, and relationship-based procurement strategies supported by true win-win economics lead to wins for both buyers and sellers. Developing and sustaining such vested relationships require a reliable Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) system.

We help you achieve a single source for that information that makes it easy to analyze and monitor Suppliers at various stages. Whether a supplier is at the initial approval, vetting or ongoing supply stage in the relationship, the SRM will provide full visibility into supplier development and performance.

  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Contract Management
  • Supplier Metrics Management
  • Supply Chain Collaboration
  • Supplier Quality Management
  • Sustainability

Transform Procurement

Technology has been a big game-changer for procurement. We help you with setting up workflow
automation so that you have real-time access to your procurement processes and supply chain bottlenecks.

e-RFP’s, online bidding portals, and other such digital solutions called software robotics (or RPA) are
becoming increasingly commonplace and more importantly reliable.

Companies can save hundreds, if not thousands of hours and greatly reduce costly errors, through the implementation of such solutions.

  • Business Process Automation
  • ERP/MES and Plant Floor Integration
  • Digital Transformation Roadmap
  • eProcurement
  • Procurement Software
  • Tail Spend Management

Solve Other Operational Challenges

We have valuable manufacturing expertise and resources that we can share with you to simplify your challenges. Whether it is helping you through make-vs-buy decisions, determine the true cost of outsourcing or help you negotiate supplier contracts, we can be your resource for analysis, advice, and support in executing the plans.

The increasing skills-gap and the impending shortage of workers with trade skills (e.g. welding, etc.) make it all the more urgent to look at manufacturing process automation. We have helped design and implement affordable automation systems. We also help in engineering services procurement, such as 3D CAD modeling, 2D drawing generation, Engineering Analysis, and so on.

If we cannot solve any of your challenges, because it is outside our area of expertise, then we will find a trusted partner that can.

  • Outsourcing
  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Effective Negotiations
  • Reduce Capex Spending
  • Services Procurement
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

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Our Projects

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  • Automation Systems

    Chiketa Phoenix is a full-service automation systems integrator providing turnkey automation solutions to small and medium manufacturing companies across the United States. Our expertise includes design and implementation of solutions with manufacturing information systems and robotic systems.
  • Product Sourcing – India and China

    A decade before it was in vogue to seek a China-alternative, I was advocating a Plan B for companies sourcing from China.  People tend to forget that it takes months to get a new product developed in Asia, especially India.   The devil is in the process details.  Been there done that.
  • Affordable Custom Automation

    Developing custom automation in China was an interesting challenge. The capabilities of the Chinese machine builders are boundless. My team and I had to work through many issues before finally figuring out an optimum and effective process. The cost savings is incredible.
  • Engineering Support Services – India, Europe and USA

    India has always been the go-to country for IT, CAD and other support services like China has been for goods.  My team in India and partner companies have been able to get a lot done in delivering Engineering support services.  Recently I have been developing a Western Europe network.
  • Low Cost Cookstove

    This project was one of our highlights in terms of social impact.  Brice Hoskin, a successful entrepreneur and inventor came to us looking to develop a low cost, collapsable stove.  His intention was to create a stove that would be inexpensive and easy to ship to disaster areas.
  • Stanchions and ADA Gate for Gaga Ball Pits

    This was, in the end, another heartwarming project as we were able to see the joy in the ultimate end users.  The concept was presented to us practically as a back of a napkin sketch.  Rahul designed the initial stanchions and then it was improved upon over several versions until we arrived at the version that is on the market.
  • Top 10 Most Promising Sourcing Providers

    Chiketa was listed in the Top 10 Most Promising Sourcing Service Providers in the Jan 2018 issue of Silicon India. Incidentally, Chiketa can be found on the first page of a Google search of the words - sourcing India. 
  • Automated Assembly Machines

    Assembly operations are the most likely areas in a shop floor that are not automated.  The main reasons for that are their complexity and expense.  Manufacturing companies find that it is easier to have humans continue to assemble parts. ​We were able to leverage the incredible advantages of global sourcing to design and develop assembly automation machines.
  • Collaborative Robots for Welding

    Robotic welders are the most mature of the automation projects.  However, implementing them in a factory involves significant expense, complexity in training and set-up, safety issues and so on.  With the advent of collaborative robots these hurdles while not completely eliminated, are definitely minimized,  My team and I are pursuing the design of a welding cobot cell that is affordable and easy to set-up.

case studies

  • Automation Systems

    Chiketa Phoenix is a full-service automation systems integrator providing turnkey automation solutions to small and medium manufacturing companies across the United States. Our expertise includes design and implementation of solutions with manufacturing information systems and robotic systems.
  • Product Sourcing – India and China

    A decade before it was in vogue to seek a China-alternative, I was advocating a Plan B for companies sourcing from China.  People tend to forget that it takes months to get a new product developed in Asia, especially India.   The devil is in the process details.  Been there done that.
  • Affordable Custom Automation

    Developing custom automation in China was an interesting challenge. The capabilities of the Chinese machine builders are boundless. My team and I had to work through many issues before finally figuring out an optimum and effective process. The cost savings is incredible.
  • Engineering Support Services – India, Europe and USA

    India has always been the go-to country for IT, CAD and other support services like China has been for goods.  My team in India and partner companies have been able to get a lot done in delivering Engineering support services.  Recently I have been developing a Western Europe network.
  • Low Cost Cookstove

    This project was one of our highlights in terms of social impact.  Brice Hoskin, a successful entrepreneur and inventor came to us looking to develop a low cost, collapsable stove.  His intention was to create a stove that would be inexpensive and easy to ship to disaster areas.
  • Stanchions and ADA Gate for Gaga Ball Pits

    This was, in the end, another heartwarming project as we were able to see the joy in the ultimate end users.  The concept was presented to us practically as a back of a napkin sketch.  Rahul designed the initial stanchions and then it was improved upon over several versions until we arrived at the version that is on the market.
  • Top 10 Most Promising Sourcing Providers

    Chiketa was listed in the Top 10 Most Promising Sourcing Service Providers in the Jan 2018 issue of Silicon India. Incidentally, Chiketa can be found on the first page of a Google search of the words - sourcing India. 
  • Automated Assembly Machines

    Assembly operations are the most likely areas in a shop floor that are not automated.  The main reasons for that are their complexity and expense.  Manufacturing companies find that it is easier to have humans continue to assemble parts. ​We were able to leverage the incredible advantages of global sourcing to design and develop assembly automation machines.
  • Collaborative Robots for Welding

    Robotic welders are the most mature of the automation projects.  However, implementing them in a factory involves significant expense, complexity in training and set-up, safety issues and so on.  With the advent of collaborative robots these hurdles while not completely eliminated, are definitely minimized,  My team and I are pursuing the design of a welding cobot cell that is affordable and easy to set-up.
Chiketa Phoenix

Leadership

Over the years our teams have discovered, built, and nurtured a robust network of manufacturing companies, engineering design companies, sourcing and procurement companies, and professionals. This network has been instrumental in being able to achieve the desired results and expectations of our customers. All the while, we were learning and improving our processes.

We are focused on getting nothing less than the best results by successfully executing sourcing projects. Whether it be sourcing from China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Africa, Europe, we deliver results.

OUR TEAM

  • Rahul Sarkar

    Global Sourcing Specialist - USA

    I have been living and breathing Global Sourcing for the past 20+ years. I have worked with clients and companies from all over the world. My focus on global sourcing is the manufacturing of precision engineering components and affordable custom automation systems.

  • Bharat Bhushan

    Logistics and Exports - India

    Bharat Bhushan has over 30 years of experience in sourcing, procurement, vendor development, supply chain management. He has managed numerous product development projects from India. He has a strong understanding of a wide breadth of manufacturing technologies. He has led new
    product development programs from the initial
    stages to completion.

  • Sam Shenyong

    Automation Systems - China

    Sam Shenyong has 25+ years of experience in sourcing, procurement, vendor development, supply chain management. He has managed sourcing projects out of China related to electronics, engineered products, automation systems, robotics, custom automated machinery, and so on. He specializes in electronics and precision machinery industries.

  • Dr. Ajoy Basu

    Product Development - USA

    Ajoy has 20+ years of experience delivering value through enterprise deployment of operational excellence at multi-billion dollar organizations and startups. Ajoy was involved with the implementation and development of the GE Six Sigma system at GE’s business units. He works with business leaders on strategy development and project execution to increase customer satisfaction and drive cultural change.

OUR TEAM

  • Rahul Sarkar

    Global Sourcing Specialist - USA

    I have been living and breathing Global Sourcing for the past 20+ years. I have worked with clients and companies from all over the world. My focus on global sourcing is the manufacturing of precision engineering components and affordable custom automation systems.

  • Bharat Bhushan

    Logistics and Exports - India

    Bharat Bhushan has over 30 years of experience in sourcing, procurement, vendor development, supply chain management. He has managed numerous product development projects from India. He has a strong understanding of a wide breadth of manufacturing technologies. He has led new
    product development programs from the initial
    stages to completion.

  • Sam Shenyong

    Automation Systems - China

    Sam Shenyong has 25+ years of experience in sourcing, procurement, vendor development, supply chain management. He has managed sourcing projects out of China related to electronics, engineered products, automation systems, robotics, custom automated machinery, and so on. He specializes in electronics and precision machinery industries.

  • Dr. Ajoy Basu

    Product Development - USA

    Ajoy has 20+ years of experience delivering value through enterprise deployment of operational excellence at multi-billion dollar organizations and startups. Ajoy was involved with the implementation and development of the GE Six Sigma system at GE’s business units. He works with business leaders on strategy development and project execution to increase customer satisfaction and drive cultural change.

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  • I have known Rahul for more than 20 years. Since his younger days, he has always been entrepreneurial in nature, goal oriented, intelligent, hard working, and extremely resourceful. He is the kind of person that I would love as a business partner.

    Kirit Mehta
    President at Adept Consulting Services, Inc
  • We used Rahul to source proprietary products from India. Rahul found suppliers who provided a quality product within the promised lead time. This was no easy task as our product was complicated and there were many manufacturing practices which had to be learned and taught to his team.Rahul was always available and he was very diligent at getting things done.

    Harold Kalich
    Director Finance and Accounting at Lee C. Moore, A Woolslayer Company
  • Rahul is very experienced in global businesses. He is ambitious and persistent in achieving his goals. He is a learner, always keeping himself up to date with the latest information.

    Linda Bi
    Owner, Chicago Expert Importers
  • Rahul has successfully started new ventures and is always looking for business expansion opportunities. He is full of ideas, a serial risk taker and proven entreprenuer.

    Shubhro Ghosh
    Group Head - ASEAN, Middle-East & Africa (AMA) at Apollo Tyres Ltd
  • Rahul’s comprehensive knowledge of Lean Practices and quality systems allowed him to play a pivotal role in our pilot Lean transformation process. He personally created and taught class curricula introducing the principals of Lean to six groups of employees and one consisting of managers. Rahul is highly analytical in his approach to solving problems and is driven by data. His math skills and command of statistical methods are very impressive and helped measurably in getting to the root cause of problems.

    James Fitch
    Vice President of Engineering, Nu-Way Industries
  • India is a big country with many manufacturers, and trying to find the ones who have good processes, systems in place at competitive prices is a challenge. Having “Feet on the Ground” in India is paramount. So many buyers now try and do what I call “Internet Buying”, but unless you spend time and money visiting facilities in India, China, or even the United States for that matter, you do not know what you are truly getting yourself into, and if you may have been deceived. As a Purchasing and Sales Professional, I am not willing to jeopardize my reputation and career over someone I find on the Internet. I understand the vital role and value Rahul provides.

    Ron Sommers
    Vice President of Operations, Elite Manufacturing Technologies, Inc
  • Rahul is one of those rare individuals that possess analytical intelligence as well as the tenacity to chase his dreams. He is always looking for the next big idea and does not stop until he accomplishes his goal. He is a very inspirational person and I am better in my career because of him.

    Pedro Andino
    Director Of Materials & Supply Chain Management, Nu-Way Industries
  • I have known Rahul for a number of years and worked with him on a number of projects. He is well-connected, knowledgeable, polished, energetic, diligent, and resourceful. Rahul works tirelessly to attain, goals, and is very passionate about achieving results. He is also a very savvy businessman.

    Jeff Dresow
    Director of Engineering, Chart Industries
  • I had the pleasure of working with the Chiketa team for almost a year while at Blount International. We utilized the team, based in the NCR of India, as our feet on the ground for supplier quality. The team was actively involved in troubleshooting, always open to complete the necessary tasks, and always willing to go above and beyond. The quality of work was above what is typical in India. Bharat and Rahul were actively engaged as the local Management to ensure support.

    Cliff Pinsent
    Senior Lean Process Engineer at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • During a business mission in India in May 2012, I had the pleasure of working with Rahul who revealed himself to be a resourceful person, having been a very precious help to me, as a newbie. In fact, Rahul helped me all summer before and during my trip. All that with a gracious air, which is a rare thing in our current world.
    In the professional domain, he has demonstrated the relevance of the services which he offers with his company Chiketa. I have also had the occasion to meet his team in India and I am able to assure you that Rahul and his team are confident, professional, and competent people. I am of the opinion that his company has a bright future, and has dignified people, whom I know for
    certain that I can count on one day in the future when I have need of performing business in India.
    Besides providing such quality help, Rahul has demonstrated great human qualities, having the sense to look toward the long view. I sincerely hope to have the opportunity of collaborating again with Rahul because it was a real pleasure and a grand honor for me.

    Clément Cangelosi
    International Sales Manager - COGES (Eurosatory)
  • Our association with Chiketa has lasted for more than 6 years now and we couldn’t be happier with their high level of Quality, Reliability and Service. They are truly a World Class organization in every sense of the word. Chiketa provided us with ready expertise that we could not have easily developed ourselves. The Chiketa team are Professionals who will provide any company
    what is needed to “get the job done

    Mike Ricketts
    Plant Manager | Engineering Manager|Patent Holder|Product Designer|Supervision|Anchor Specialist
  • It has been my pleasure to work with Rahul Sarkar. He is a brilliant engineer and manager of the difficult interface between India and western manufacturing. He has been instrumental in helping the Evluma Areamax become a world-leading product in both quality and pricing.
    Rahul and I worked closely together in Vasai, India to help build up a factory to the point where it could accommodate the needs of the highly successful Evluma Areamax. I witnessed an 800- ton aluminum casting machine is brought to the factory just for the Evluma product. At any point where timeline management, creative problem solving, or smart judgment were required;
    Rahul and his entire team could be counted on.
    I highly recommend Rahul and the Chiketa team for manufacturing in India and engineering expertise with aluminum castings, sheet metal, powder coating and any other manufacturing process that India has to offer.

    Brad Larsen
    Product Development and Manufacturing

Industries Served by Chiketa Phoenix

Electronics and Appliances

Industrial Hardware

Medical Technology

Transportation Industry

Energy Transmission

Machinery and Equipment

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