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The Onshoring Debate Rages

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AzmatMalik
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Re: Onshoring is on the rebound
AzmatMalik   8/6/2013 2:40:55 PM
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As I recall Ford made sure that his employees could afford what they made.

Today what is happeneing (with this shortsighted focus on near-term/ quarterly profits and bonuses) that Americans will not be able to afford what we make (or import). That will keep the 'shrinking economy' last longer than usual.

I have not seen in the commenst yet any reference to the closure of the experience loop between R&D-Design-Manufacturing-Development. As the manufacturing is now 'distant' the osmotic sharing-transfer of experince is not as effective, so product improvements are not made with manufacturability in mind. Onshoring will help immensely.

At the risk of being 'nationalistic'/ 'protectionist' I am also concerned for the greater national good. A stronger local economy leads to many other longer lasting benefits, maybe not so much to the best and most immediate quarterly financials.

 

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Jacob   7/31/2013 9:01:34 AM
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"US manufacturing will never be a complete panacea. The answer for should we onshore will always be "It depends.""

Hailey, agreed and depends up on various factors like availability of raw materials, skilled labors, logistics etc. one cannot easily stop outsourcing and prefer in shoring.

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Re: Re : The Onshoring Debate Rages
Jacob   7/31/2013 8:59:07 AM
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"That's key to the issue/debate. Until companies that are cash-loaded in the last few years show sincerity that may not be easily possible."

Wale, eventhough that's the true factor, they will strive hard for that.

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Re: Onshoring is on the rebound
nimantha.d   7/31/2013 5:22:04 AM
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@Hailey : Yes but I feel it depends on how well they perform. In the end its all on performance.  

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Re : The Onshoring Debate Rages
tirlapur   7/31/2013 3:19:56 AM
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By 2025, a fresh global consuming class will emerge, and the mainstream of consumption will take place in developing economies. This will generate rich new market opportunities. In the meantime, in established markets, demand is fragmenting as clients ask for greater variation and more types of after-sales service. A rich pipeline of inventions in materials and processes—from nano materials to 3-D printing to progressive robotics—also promises to generate fresh demand and drive additional productivity gains across manufacturing industries and geographies.
These opportunities arise in an exceptionally challenging environment. In some low-cost labor marketplaces, wage rates are increasing rapidly. Volatile resource prices, a looming lack of highly skilled talent, and heightened supply-chain and regulatory risks create a situation that is far more uncertain than it was before the Great Recession.

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Re: Unemployment
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   7/30/2013 7:27:39 PM
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US manufacturing will never be a complete panacea. The answer for should we onshore will always be "It depends." It's a complex recipe that includes costs, lead times, corprote culture, marketing and brand development and a hundred other things. IT's interesting, though, to see how some of these big name players in the electronics industry are making it happen.

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Re: Onshoring is on the rebound
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   7/30/2013 7:25:50 PM
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@Finance Guy, well you are living up to your handle. that makes a lot of sense... I wonder how much the average supply chain company takes this into consideration as it plans its roadmaps for development and investment. It's important.

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Re: Re : The Onshoring Debate Rages
Wale Bakare   7/30/2013 12:27:39 PM
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>>For any company the final intension is maximizing the profit<<



That's key to the issue/debate. Until companies that are cash-loaded in the last few years show sincerity that may not be easily possible.

 

Jacob
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Re: Google - Next Generation pioneer
Jacob   7/30/2013 4:26:16 AM
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"I read an intersting piece on this recently that said 80 percent of US consumers are willing to pay more for US goods, but the question is how much more?"

Hailey, personally I am against such sentimental business. In globalization era, peoples have to look and think in a broader manner. It's not possible for all companies to start their own production units in all countries. Moreover that's not a fair business too.

elctrnx_lyf
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elctrnx_lyf   7/30/2013 12:59:45 AM
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As long as the USA maintains the helathy financial status to take care of the country they should probably do not need to build factories. But at the same time there could be lot of scope for new products that are being developed can be definitely built in USA to reduce the logistics costs.

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