Contract Manufacturing with RiverStar

Contract Manufacturing Explained

Why choose contract manufacturing for your product or sub-assembly? Four reasons: expertise, space, industry connections and advanced capabilities that you may not have. Utilizing contract manufacturing services can increase efficiencies and save you money.  RiverStar provides complete contract manufacturing services for consumer packaged goods as well as provide support for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

A contract manufacturer becomes your partner throughout the production process. By partnering with RiverStar, you may realize savings on multiple facets including our volume purchasing discounts from suppliers, lower labor rates, or discounted shipping rates, and the savings does not stop there. When you choose RiverStar, you eliminate the need for additional staff to handle parts management, inventory, and time-consuming sub-assembly or full product builds.

OEM Sub-Assembly Contract Manufacturing

For an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), using outsourced sub-assembly services can relieve bottlenecks throughout the manufacturing process. What once required numerous individuals to manage multiple skus, multiple suppliers, and schedule manufacturing time to build sub-assemblies can be outsourced to RiverStar and delivered to your production lines completed as one part number.  Your forecasting team can then focus on singular skus, and collaborate with us when you need delivery. We have an extensive track record of on-time delivery, continuous improvement and quality controls to meet your expectations.

OEM’s utilizing our sub-assembly services benefit from our vast supply network, parts management, inventory models and project management expertise to build sub-assemblies that fit into their manufactured products. Once assembled, we distribute the ready-to-be-installed sub-assemblies back to your factory or supply them directly into your dealer network. It’s convenient, efficient and cost-effective.

One RiverStar customer used our services to build a bracket for a LCD monitor. The bracket consisted of multiple components, including dowel pins with e-clips, and a pneumatic piston to be installed on a steel tube frame. Assembly also required a rubber bumper that after being glued needed to sit 24 hours before it could be packaged. RiverStar handled all these time-consuming steps and shipped the completed sub-assembly to our customer ready for installation. In addition to parts inventory and assembly, RiverStar maintains relations with multiple suppliers, manages lead times for parts and handles pricing.

RiverStar’s expertise and testing capabilities are demonstrated with the work we do for one customer assembling GPS radios. For that, we source parts including a wiring harness, plastic enclosures, screws, circuit board and antennas. We begin by partially assembling the unit, which undergoes a testing procedure that simulates the radios ability to communicate over specified distances. Upon successful completion of the distance test, the unit will receive a serial number that will also be electronically archived. Once that step in the process is completed, the unit is fully assembled, sealed with robotic gluing and allowed to dry for 24 hours. The unit then goes through a pressure test to check for fine leaks in the seal as well as the wiring harness. Once all the tests are passed, the unit is packaged and distributed to the OEM’s dealer network.

Consumer Packaged Goods 

You have the idea. You have the specifications and the plans. But you don’t have the space, specialized equipment or skilled workforce to bring that idea to market. When you contract with RiverStar, we become your factory. We source the components utilizing our vast network of suppliers and industry contacts; we assemble, test and package your products; and we conduct multiple quality control checks along the way. We have dedicated assembly space, experienced personnel and a record of excellence that reflects our high standards.

Our product assembly services turn concepts into reality, just provide us with detailed engineering specifications and we will go to work matching all the items on your Bill of Material (BOM) with quality suppliers. RiverStar has helped clients’ source molds for plastic injection, wiring harnesses, hardware components such as screws, circuit boards and more. We can even assist clients with packaging needs for retail-ready displays.

Capacity issues? Having launched his first product on Amazon, one of our customers found himself spending too much of his time just assembling and fulfilling orders at night. In order to launch new products and keep up with demand, this seller contracted RiverStar to assembly his product, provide inventory management, and perform distribution to Amazon. RiverStar provided the space, time and expertise the seller needed to keep up with product demand, and is now focusing on developing their next big success.

As a contract manufacturer with 190,000 square feet of space in three facilities, RiverStar can be utilized to build an entire product or just a sub-assembly to your product. That frees up space for customers who may have limited production capacity in their own facility. We have helped customers produce portions of their consumer product line as well as their complete line of products, allowing them space in their facility for new research and design work. We’ll handle parts management, assembly and distribution, so you can focus on product development and growing your business.

 Expertise and quality you can count on

RiverStar can reduce costs and lead times for its customers by sourcing parts from our network of 250+ quality suppliers. We connect our customers with the electronic components and custom fabricated parts they need, and handle assembly, test, packaging and distribution.

As our expert team of assemblers receives work orders and closely follow customers’ requirements and specifications. We commit a Program Manager to every customer whose job is to know everything there is to know about this customer. That program manager will be your one point of contact at RiverStar. We’ll go through a gamut of questions to fully understand your needs and then develop a system to fit those needs.  RiverStar’s check-double-check quality control ensures every step in the process is completed correctly. Testing can be uniquely developed to meet our customer’s requirements and specifications. If a customer has a specific testing requirement, we’ll figure out how to build a custom system to do it.

The quality control processes at RiverStar extend to all facets of our contract manufacturing services, including distribution. Delivery accuracy and product quality are keys to achieving customer satisfaction. We know customer satisfaction is important to you, so it’s important to us, too.

For another example of a product made using RiverStar’s contract manufacturing services, check out this article in a recent edition of Precision Manufacturing magazine.


Contact us today for details on how we can assist with your production needs.

Office: 507.452.5109

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Promotional Product Kitting

Promotional Product Kitting: A Trend that is Catching Consumer Interest

Connecting products to people has always been part of our core mission at RiverStar. Today businesses, corporations and marketing experts are embracing promotional product kitting as an effective way to connect with consumers, introduce new and existing products with a value-added approach, and ultimately expand their customer base.

Promotional product kitting combines new products or services with other components for an effective branding strategy. Can a T-shirt or water bottle brandishing your logo really sell your widgets? Yes, if it is packaged in a way that catches consumers’ attention and enables them to better perceive value. Some promotional product kits are highly creative. Others are more practical. But they all have one common goal – turning prospects into customers.

Promotional kitting can involve multiple items from multiple suppliers assembled into a kit that is packaged and delivered to existing and potential customers. RiverStar has been involved in kitting since 1995. We expect to increase our involvement in promotional product kitting as more and more firms utilize this effective marketing tool, and we’re ready. We have the space, the expertise and the capability to help promotional distributors and companies with all their kitting and assembly needs.

Hey, that’s cool!

Kitting is a great option for targeting potential customers with product samples and for introducing new products. Combining related items in a way that adds value often entices consumers to give new products a try. Kits can also include instructional information and coupons.

Capturing customer attention with creative, unique kitting is a primary goal in promotional product kitting. Above all it has to be memorable. That’s where fun and creative come in. Functional can also be memorable.

Targeting a specific market is equally important. I know of a promotional product kit that was mailed to boys when they turned 18. The kit included a razor, two blades, a brochure and blade refill coupons. The packaging was clever and personalized. That is an example of something functional that also targets a specific consumer market in a fun way. It captures attention and new consumers.

Why choose a fulfillment center

Promotional product kitting can be done in house, or through a fulfillment center. A fulfillment center will handle almost everything, from sourcing packaging components, to assembly, to mailing the kitted products to a targeted list of recipients. Firms that choose to contract a fulfillment center to handle kitting will benefit from the center’s capacity and expansive resources. Utilizing promotional product kitting services at a fulfillment center offers three key advantages: space, time, and cost savings.

Space may be a limiting factor for many businesses or firms planning a promotional product kitting endeavor. You’ll need space to store the kit components, assemble the kit and the assembled kits. Fulfillment centers have space already dedicated to assembly and they have ample space for storing components and finished kits.

Time is another factor. Before the kit is assembled, you’ll need to source the various components to be included in the promotional kit. You then need to assemble and mail the kits to prospective customers. That all takes time.  A fulfilment center, such as RiverStar, has an experienced team of assemblers dedicated to the kitting process, so your team can spend their time developing client relationships and selling products and services, which ultimately results in more revenue for your business. Time is money.

Cost savings is perhaps the most compelling reason to choose a fulfillment center to handle your project. You’ll benefit from the convenience of shipping components from multiple suppliers directly to the center. You’ll also benefit from the center’s ability to handle procuring any and all packaging – often at lower rates. They also secure the lowest shipping rates for your promotional kit due to high shipping volume.

Choosing the right center to handle your kitting

When selecting a fulfillment center for your promotional product kitting, it is important to consider the following:

  • Is the facility clean, climate-controlled and well-maintained? A clean, climate-controlled facility ensures your promotional product kitting will arrive at its destination in the highest state of quality. Avoid an unclean warehouse that might result in a substandard quality of the finished kit.
  • Does the center have a record of inventory and quality accuracy and on-time delivery? Best practices include daily cycle counts and audits. RiverStar is audited three or four times a year without issue. We also track quality assurance and on-time delivery on our vendor scorecard.
  • Where is the center located? A central location reduces shipping costs, while enabling you to reach a high volume of prospects.

Additional fulfillment center capabilities to consider when choosing a center to handle your promotional product kitting are the center’s ability to remain completely blind to the end user, as well as  its flexibility to handle hot rush orders and provide quick turn around on quotes.

What’s next?

You’ve selected a fulfillment center to handle your promotional product kitting. What’s next?

Once you’ve selected a center to handle your kitting, you’ll need to specify the contents of the kit, delivery locations, content packaging needs and the in-hand date. We typically provide a quote in 24 hours or less. When the quote is accepted, we determine lead times on all the promotional items and procure packaging. Once we receive all the components of your promotional product kit, it is assembled and shipped, with tracking capabilities once it leaves our facility. To ensure success for the distributors we serve, we provide a spreadsheet for them to complete, listing contents, ship-to addresses, shipping method and any special notes about the shipment. We’re in business to make the distributor look good and always pay special attention to their needs.

Why Choose RiverStar?

When you choose RiverStar to handle your promotional product kitting, you receive quality, efficient service from experienced professionals. We’ll process your kitting from our spacious, clean facility and remain completely blind to the end user. We offer competitive promotional-specific quotes and special coded pricing on your kitting. Our central location in Winona, Minnesota, enables quick, cost effective delivery throughout the U.S.

Contact us today for details on how we can assist your promotional product kitting needs.

Office: 507.452.5109

Email: moc.c1513094598nirat1513094598srevi1513094598r@sel1513094598as1513094598