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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legal Experience & Services
- Expert Testimony
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Argument Research
- Document Review and Analysis
- Rebuttal and Report Preparation
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:
- Quality and Defect Management
- Procurement and Purchasing
- Forecasting and Planning
- Warehousing and Distribution
- 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