How to set deadlines for contract manufacturers?
I’ve worked with a few contract manufactures, and at small scales it’s often a bit of a undefined back and forth process than can drag out quite easily. First you typically need to get a stable sample produced, and you’re given a typical sample production turnaround of 1 to 2 weeks. Once you’ve agreed on a sample, payment & shipping terms, guarantees to be given, testing that needs to be done and materials that will be supplied, but before you place the order:
What are industry standard ways of agreeing on production deadlines? Do you give bonuses for reaching them? Discounts if not? Is it even reasonable to ask for one?
Would love to know best practises for dealing with this and tips on how to ensure a good manufacturer relationship