Be competitive and fiscally responsible with PCB assembly builds for small prototype quantities and builds of less than 10K; consider outsourcing the logistical aspects.
The personnel costs for professional procurement staff, trained component inspection personnel, experienced kitting staff, the added influx to accounting, the calls and coordination time of the project manager, etc. all add up to bring the project costs often beyond the budget.
The most cost effective option is outsourcing to a professional Project Management team. California Integration Coordinators, Inc. (www.cic-inc.com) has a 20+ year history of providing professional full-turnkey services.
California Integration Coordinators, Inc. has considerable resources to understand the project; to coordinate all aspects from PCB board design and fabrication to assembly and testing. By outsourcing the PCB projects to professional PCB Project Managers, the costs are limited to the quote / budget. No hidden costs or overhead.
CIC, Inc. has experienced knowledgeable procurement staff, Project/material managers, engineering support, receiving, incoming material inspection staff, accounting / accounts payable, warehouse staff, and a highly respected kitting staff. Imagine receiving the benefits of a huge staff within ONE quote. Check out the website at www.cic-inc.com for information to help with your decision.