Operations & Manufacturing

Gain critical operational expertise, practical knowledge, and network support from the start.

What Can We Do for You?

On Tap is committed to making entrepreneurs successful.

What is your next milestone for success? Getting beta units into customers’ hands? Finding the right suppliers and manufacturing partners? Getting to mass production? Lowering costs? Improving product quality? Scaling to high volume?

Whatever the goal, we customize operational strategies, manufacturing plans, and supply chain practices to fit each client’s needs.

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Andre neumann loreck

Andre Neumann-Loreck

Founder, Managing Partner, and Operations Services Lead, On Tap Consulting

We like to start by understanding the entrepreneur's current pain points. We bring our considerable experience to bear to resolve those pain points while putting them into the context of what challenges will come next. We bring clarity with strategy and execution.”

Operations and Manufacturing Benefits to Tech Startups

We empower tech startups to achieve operational excellence.

Advantages of working with On Tap Operations and Manufacturing Services include:


Accelerate Progress

Add bandwidth to your team, fill gaps in expertise and market knowledge, and provide a strategic framework for Ops execution.


Meet Your Goals

Reduce costs, achieve product quality, hit time-to-market windows, and ensure product availability.



Grow your team, manage your inventory with Supply and Demand Planning, understand cash flow needs, and expand your manufacturing and supply chain capacity.

John Backer

John Backer

Senior Consultant, On Tap Consulting

On Tap can identify blind spots for clients that otherwise lead to expensive mistakes at every stage of a startups’ trajectory. Our clients benefit from our team approach and extensive operational experience in startups and big companies."

Operations and Manufacturing Services for Tech Startups

We offer the operational guidance, knowledge, and network that tech startups need to achieve their goals.


Strategy and Planning

  • Operations Strategy
  • Manufacturing Strategy
  • Supply Chain Design
  • Supply & Demand Planning
  • ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Selection and Ops Implementation Guidance

Financial and Contractual

  • MSA (Master Services Agreement) Negotiations
  • Pricing Negotiations and Cost Reduction Initiatives
  • Supply Chain Cash Flow Modeling
  • Ops Cost Accounting Strategies and Execution

Design and Production

  • Program Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Procurement
  • Manufacturing Partner Selection/CM (Contract Manufacturer) Selection
  • PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Tool Selection and Implementation
  • Supplier and Factory Audits
  • NPI (New Product Introduction)
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Supplier Quality Assurance

Distribution and Fulfillment

  • Logistic & 3PL Selection and Implementation
  • Reverse Logistics
  • Refurbishment & Repair

Customer Experience/Customer Service

  • Business Requirements, Strategy and Scaling
  • Process guides, training material
  • Benchmarks
  • KPIs
Brian chen

Brian Chen

Co-Founder & CEO, ROOM

Making strong operational decisions whilst your team is still in the process of being built is extremely difficult, and especially so in the context of high growth. Time and again, On Tap Consulting has helped me in this context navigate difficult and complex situations with the confidence of trusted advisors and experienced executives who are not afraid to dig into the details."

Common Operations & Manufacturing Use Cases

We often hear from clients that they have specific pain points that need to be addressed. Here are a few common requests we routinely tackle:

Modeling, Planning, and Reporting

  • Cross-Functional NPI (New Product Introduction) Gantt Charts
  • Inventory Planning (S&OP)
  • Clear to Build Reporting
  • Cash Flow Modeling


  • Manufacturing Site Audits & On-site Support
  • Manufacturing Yield Management
  • Quality Improvement Plans
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis & Corrective Action
  • Preproduction (EVT, DVT, PVT) Manufacturing Engineering Support

Cost Savings, Quality

  • Product Cost Reduction Initiatives
  • Leadtime Reduction Plans
  • Transportation Cost Reductions
Hardware entrepreneurs often underestimate the complexity and difficulty of a new product launch. On Tap Consulting provides expertise to fill in gaps, provides insider knowledge and connections, and brings clarity and peace of mind.

Contact On Tap Today

We welcome introductions to startup entrepreneurs and founders at every stage, from initial investments to Series A and beyond.

“On Tap” refers to our clients’ ability to leverage our skills as much as they need, when they need it.

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