Many manufacturers stood to gain when Walmart opened its procurement process to a new wave of suppliers during its two-day “2015 Manufacturing Summit” held last week at its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters. But some manufacturers already are benefiting from the giant retailer’s 2013 pledge to spend an additional $250 billion on products supporting domestic manufacturing and American jobs over a 10-year period.
There’s quite a political donnybrook going on in Michigan right now, as business leaders froth at the crumbling condition of the state’s roads, while politicians scramble to finger new funding sources after voters in early May solidly rejected the idea of boosting sales taxes to pay for the repairs. But some experts—in particular Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who wrote the book, Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead—believe other states and cities easily could find themselves in the same place.
U.S. companies reshoring their operations and foreign firms investing in facilities here brought more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs to the U.S. in 2014, according to a recently released report reby The Reshoring Initiative. That’s up roughly 2% from record levels in 2013 and a fourfold increase since 2003.
When your supply chain breaks, you lose revenue, market share, shareholder value and the integrity of the brand – damage against which you cannot insure. Given such financial stakes, here are 9 criteria you should consider to make your supply chain resilient.
U.S. companies reshoring their operations and foreign firms investing in facilities here brought more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs to the U.S. in 2014, according to a recent report by The Reshoring Initiative.
As more companies become increasingly customer-centric, creating a seamless end-to-end supply chain has become a vital component of the complete customer funnel. This allows organizations to optimize where, when and how they source material to fit the needs of the customer as well as the goals of the business.
Globalization offers countless opportunities for companies to expand market share, and increase revenues and profits. But for businesses to operate seamlessly across borders, it’s critical their supply chains experience no disruptions.
For decades, the relationship between American companies and China was relatively uncomplicated: The world’s most populous country served as the best base for low-cost manufacturing of goods for the U.S. market and as a rising market for American products ranging from commodities to smartphones and other consumer goods. But this relationship has been changing rapidly, and growing more complex by the day.
The West Coast ports slowdown may be over for now, but it wreaked enough havoc to give CEOs from the Pacific to the Atlantic pause. And many are concluding that it’s time to take a closer look at their supply chains.