Posts tagged as 'Globalization'

To Outsource or to Insource, That is the Question

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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A couple of weeks ago I came across a really interesting article titled “How Leaders Succeed in an Era of Volatility” in IndustryWeek by Mark Pearson of Accenture. Mark discusses how some US manufacturing companies have recovered more quickly than others by investing in talent and capacity. The interesting point he makes is that the […]

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Rising Labor Costs in China and Their Impact on the Supply Chain

JennyTyrrell

In October 2011, Simon Rabinovitch of the Financial Times published an article entitled “China labor cost soars as wages surge by 22%.” This figure is an average across the breadth of the country, with Shenzen and Beijing named as the costliest locations to do business. This trend has been covered extensively by the media in […]

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The Shifting Sands of World Economies

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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It is amazing to me that there are many in the West that continue to hope—dare I say, pray—that the shift in the world economies over the past 5-10 years is an aberration, and soon we will be back to the heady daysof the mid-2000s. Every day I read stories about how manufacturing is going to […]

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China…times they are a changin’!

JohnWesterveld

I’ve recently been noticing a number of articles in Industry Week dealing with labor disputes and issues in China; Strike Halts Honda’s Production in China Honda Offers Pay Raise to Chinese Strikers Honda’s Chinese Parts Plant Resumes Full Operations Honda Resumes Car Production at Two Assembly Plants in China Japan’s Brother Says Hit by China […]

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An imminent threat to Western brand owners

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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It is always good to have one’s ideas validated.  It is fantastic when the validation comes from no less than the Economist.  I wrote a blog  in June 2009 titled “Recession or Reset?” in which I explored what the new normal would look like after the recession.  It is always easier to analyze, and a […]

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Supply chain 2015 – the blurring of operational supply chain planning and execution

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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Dan Gilmour of Supply Chain Digest  in his newsletter for Oct 22, 2009 published a list of “things” that will change in supply chains by 2015.  There were a number of things that Dan identified that really boil down to the blurring of operational supply chain planning and execution.  We have been seeing this trend […]

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The soft side of the supplier-customer relationship

FranciniOrtiz

I just finished reading a paper on Supplier Collaboration, where the key message is that collaboration with suppliers needs to be far beyond tactical exchange of data. It defends a more mature and trusting relationship with key suppliers, where there is sharing of business strategies, joint work on investigation of risks, threats, and opportunities and […]

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What’s your bet on China?

FranciniOrtiz

China is such an interesting subject! There is so much going on out there, so following the recent news about its stock market instability, I decided to share my thoughts on some developments. During my 2-week visit to China last May, I got a sense of how the economic downturn is impacting the ‘awakened dragon’. […]

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