Made in the U.S.A. – the new frontier for sourcing?

image
By Robert A. Rudzki, SCMR Contributing Blogger
September 07, 2010 - SCMR Editorial

Over the years, there has been a lot of play in the media and in the purchasing profession regarding the subject of Low Cost Country Sourcing and offshoring. Depending on the year, it might’ve been a popular sourcing destination to be in India, China, Poland, Hungary, or any number of other countries.

More recently, there has been a growing realization that “the obvious” global sourcing decision may not be so obvious after all. A number of factors need to be understood in order to make the right decision; among them: currency valuations, sovereign country risk, quality issues, inventory issues, transit times, supply chain risks, etc.). To say it another way, a lot of homework and a lot of scenario planning are required to ensure that today’s global sourcing decision is a smart one for the foreseeable future.

It is in that context that I found the following article interesting. The title (American Made: Five Companies Bucking the Outsourcing Trend) says it all.

http://www.livescience.com/culture/american-made-companies-outsourcing-100903.html 

What are you seeing in your business? If you are a U.S. based company, have you reversed any previous offshoring decisions in favor of awarding business to US suppliers? If you are a non-U.S. based company, have you awarded any of your business to globally-competitive manufacturers based in the U.S.?


Related Article: 10 Great Companies still manufacturing in the USA



About the Author

image
Robert A. Rudzki
SCMR Contributing Blogger
Robert A. Rudzki is a former Fortune 500 Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, who is now President of Greybeard Advisors LLC, a leading provider of advisory services for procurement transformation, strategic sourcing, and supply chain management. Bob is also the author of several leading business books including the supply management best-seller "Straight to the Bottom Line®", its highly-endorsed sequel "Next Level Supply Management Excellence," and the leadership book "Beat the Odds: Avoid Corporate Death & Build a Resilient Enterprise." You can reach him through his firm's website: http://www.GreybeardAdvisors.com

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico increased 4.4 percent from August 2013 to August 2014 at $100.6 billion.

As expected, global trade dipped from August to September but still saw annual gains, according to data issued this week by Panjiva, an online search engine with detailed information on global suppliers and manufacturers.

Transportation and logistics merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the third quarter saw annual gains, which were driven by smaller deals in the trucking logistics, shipping, and passenger air sectors, according to data issued in the Intersections report by PwC this week.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it appears retailers are not quite done getting inventory set up and on the shelves in time for what is expected to be a fairly active shopping season. That much was evident based on recent data for September volumes issued by the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB).

Join Industry Expert Adrian Gonzalez for this educational webinar on the tenets and the benefits of Closed-Loop Operational Management. You’ll learn how Closed-Loop Operational Management optimizes orders, inventory, and transportation concurrently, and how it is able to optimize large-scale problems on a daily basis.

Article Topics

Blogs · Global · Inventory · Supply Chain · Purchasing · All topics

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.