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April 3, 2015

LA Port and Supply Chain Disruption Has Manufacturers Looking South

The long-term labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association is wreaking havoc on many importers, manufacturers, and supply chain members. Those companies which thought they were saving money by using Asian rim or Central American sources have found the weak link in their distribution plans.

August 10, 2013

More Businesses Are Nearshoring In Mexico

Marty McFly time-traveled from 1985 to 1955 in the movie “Back to the Future.”

This year, many companies are sort of time-traveling to 2000 -- the year they began leaving their operations in Mexico -- because they’re returning to Mexico.

April 21, 2013

Answers to Questions About Nearshore and Manufacturing in Mexico

Is now the time to change your outsource manufacturing strategy? What would such an endeavor cost, and how cost-effectively could it be accomplished? Learn the benefits, cost, logistics and security of manufacturing products in Mexico this June 11-13 at an upcoming Dallas, Texas conference called Nearshoring Mexico 2013.

February 28, 2013

The New Re-Shoring Trend: Think Globally, Act Regionally

Over the past 10 years, the manufacturing industry has expanded globally as brands outsourced their manufacturing needs and assembly to far-shore but low-cost, developing countries. But now, there’s a new production movement afoot, according to a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Forum for Supply Chain Innovation.

February 21, 2013

Sourcing Solutions for Global Manufacturers

When planning your sourcing strategy, what are the top factors you consider? For most companies interested in manufacturing cost reduction the No. 1 answer is: total landed cost.

December 11, 2012

Security in Mexico: The Industry Experience

For North American manufacturers, nearshore Mexico offers a desirable, product assembly-and-shipping location and a skilled, cost-effective workforce. But with the news headlines about drug cartel violence in Mexico, you may have safety concerns about doing business in the region.

October 12, 2012

Textile Manufacturers: How Nimble Is Your Supply Chain?

For the textile and apparel sector, the old axiom has never been more true. One must adapt, or die. Over the past decade, online shopping habits have radically transformed the industry to emphasize supply chain speed and flexibility — as much as cost.

September 27, 2012

Made in China? Not So Fast…

Imagine seeing your end product—in as little as one week from placing your order. Picture overnight speed to market—and the inherent savings in shipping costs. Envision leveraging this shorter sourcing cycle—along with favorable labor costs and higher quality workmanship—to optimize your supply chain, resulting in tighter inventory-to-demand.

September 18, 2012

Are Companies Really Looking for Cost Savings in the RIGHT Places?

In its Sixth Annual Apparel Research Study & Analysis, “Looking for Cost Savings in All the Right Places,” Apparel Magazine describes challenges brands and retailers face in developing a sourcing strategy which captures cost savings without compromising quality.

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