Expert Witness – Forensic Expert – Litigation Support – Speaker Bureau

  • Blue Silk Consulting President Ms. Coates is an MBA and expert in Manufacturing and Supply
    Chain including forecasting, planning, procurement/purchasing, warehousing, distribution, and Import/Export.
  • She has 25+ years experience including significant expertise with manufacturers in the
    USA, China, Singapore, Korea and Japan. Her experience spans a broad range of industries including High Tech, Chemicals, Health Care, Consumer and Industrial Products, Food Distribution, Transportation, Publishing, Retail, Oil and Gas.

What You Need to Know When You Have A Chinese Products Case

A few times a year, when my clients request it, I go to China to evaluate a manufacturing site, solve a quality problem, or set up a new operation. I have seen some things that are astonishing and some not so pretty.

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How a China Manufacturing Expert Can Assist in Your Case

I help my clients (and the attorneys representing them) to understand the nature of doing business in the tough and tumbling and very high-energy environment of Chinese manufacturing.

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Understanding Chinese Manufacturing and What Went Wrong When Hoverboards Explode

I spend a lot of time qualifying Chinese factories, helping my clients identify new sources and resolving production and quality problems. You wouldn’t believe some of the things I have seen. And when a new fad product arrives on the scene, I cannot help but wonder what might go wrong because there are plenty of things that can. Take hoverboards for example.

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Counterfeits Are Still A Major Problem

The way imported products are sold has drastically changed over the past few years. With the rise of eCommerce and direct shipments to U.S. warehouses and customers, more and more counterfeit products are slipping into the U.S. Owners of brands and intellectual property are losing billions of dollars in revenue every year to counterfeiters that are selling bogus products, often at the same price or only slightly less than the true brand. It has become increasingly difficult to distinguish a counterfeit from the real thing.

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Is it a Supply Chain Issue or Poor Project Management?

We are in a global crisis. It’s a matter of life and death. There are shortages of supplies and equipment across the world including acute shortages in America, and yet we are supposed to have a national stockpile, and a coordinated government response. Having 50 governors in 50 different states running in competition with one another for supplies and medical personnel and enforcing different policies is not the optimal way of dealing with the pandemic. Everyone seems to be dealing with supply chain problems – even at the grocery stores where it is impossible to keep paper products and antiseptic wipes in stock.

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Contract Manufacturing and Electronics Manufacturing Services – Excess and Obsolete Inventory

Many companies outsource some or all of their manufacturing to contract manufacturers (CMs). This is particularly true in companies where electronics are involved or where new products with untested demand are being introduced. But outsourcing to a contract manufacturer can be a minefield, especially as it relates to inventory management.

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Legal Experience & Services

  • Expert Testimony
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Argument Research
  • Document Review and Analysis
  • Rebuttal and Report Preparation

Professional Experience

Ms. Coates has worked on consulting projects for over 80 clients. Prior to consulting, she spent 10 years as an executive in the high tech industry and as an adjunct professor in California colleges teaching manufacturing, management and international business.


Our services include Consulting, Investigations, Research and Expert Testimony in the following areas:

Business Operations

  • Quality and Defect Management
  • Negligence
  • Manufacturing
  • Procurement and Purchasing
  • Forecasting and Planning
  • Warehousing and Distribution
  • Transportation
  • Import and Export
  • China Sourcing and Manufacturing
  • Field Service

Software and Systems

  • Project Management
  • ERP Systems (SAP and Oracle)
  • Scope Management
  • Runaway Projects
  • Breach of Contract
  • Misrepresentation