When Cutting Just Doesn’t Cut It: You Need Expertise (Part 6 of 7)

When Cutting Just Doesn’t Cut It: You Need Expertise (Part 6 of 7)
Container and Packaging
by Container and Packaging
September 8, 2020, Updated June 16, 2021

Help me understand Director's cuts. Is there a Director's cut that has ever been shorter than the released version? Interestingly enough, with this type of cut, things get even longer. I don't understand how this happens which is why the uncut movies always made a whole lot more sense to me. And so it goes that the Director's cut paradox will continue to drive us all crazy, which is the state of mind you would have to be in to cut CPS from your supply chain management!

This is part 6 of 7 on a series of why you don't want to cut out the middle man; and the number six reason is expertise.


An expert is someone with a high degree of knowledge or skill in a particular subject. (Kind of like the Director mentioned above.) We (CPS) are making the expert claim! As mentioned in previous posts, we certainly have longevity going for us “ but we also have a well trained team, many of whom are officially Packaging Ninjas! We know stuff you wouldn't even know that we should know. We take containers to the most nerdiness level possible, and we actually kind of like it. As a matter of fact, most of us can claim to have had both dreams and nightmares about bottles and jars. That kind of expertise is hard to find.

Let me put it this way. Manufacturers know a lot about their product. So do we. So what's the difference? We also know a lot about all the other manufacturers' products. We have so much experience and history with so many vendors that we can provide and offer solutions that would be near impossible to get by going direct to a single factory.

The Great Escape is an all-time classic movie starring James Garner as the scrounger. Every successful project needs a scrounger, someone who can find the hard to find things. The scrounger (in the movie) is not only incredibly resourceful, but exemplifies a bit of humor with a touch of compassion. Being the scrounger is way cooler than its name may suggest. At CPS, we scrounge like there is no tomorrow. And it is a good thing too, because our scrounging helps insure that there is a tomorrow for your business.

After this bit, it appears redundant and more than a little obvious that cutting the scrounger would be … well … not very smart. Cutting expert scroungers is even more dubious. Don't do it!

Read the entire series:
Part 1: Good cuts and bad
Part 2: It’s all about price
Part 3: Amalgamation is good
Part 4: The freight factor
Part 5: Middlemen stock stuff
Part 6: You need expertise
Part 7: CPS is in your corner


When Cutting Doesn’t Cut It:
6 Reasons Why Cutting Out the Middle Man Is An Epically Stupid Idea

Download a slightly compressed PDF version of this 7 part series from our CPS How-To Guides library, or read it all online