For designers pondering an entrepreneurial venture, there are many potential obstacles between the idea and a successful, sustainable business. When the idea involves manufacturing, distribution, fulfillment, and other supply chain issues, the obstacles can seem overwhelming. In this video I found on the prolific design blog Core77, Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE, interviews supply chain specialist Liam Casey of PCH International which helps manage manufacturing projects through a network of China-based resources.
I found the dialogue to to be eye-opening and encouraging. The range of resources available to entrepreneurs is broadening to include the full spectrum of supply chain needs—before and after the actual product is manufactured, and lead times are getting shorter. Casey also commented on the increasing accessibility of manufacturing options for small run projects. All of this means that there is a clearer path to success for design-driven ventures.