Made in China? Not So Fast…

near-shore-mexico 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.

When it comes to textile manufacturing, the mantra has been: “Made in China.” But for the past several years, textile assembly and contract manufacturing have been gaining ground in a seemingly unlikely place: in nearby Mexico. Just south of our border, Mexican manufacturers offer rapid turnaround (approx. one week), head-turning flexibility, and impressive industry-specific skills. These factors have decreased the allure of China—and increased the appeal of a near-shore strategy. With Mexican turnkey solutions, U.S. companies reap enormous benefits—while assuring and maintaining quality.

Take specialized textile products: medical and automotive, activewear, industrial garments, bedding and upholstery for home furnishings. In this world, manufacturers are beginning to realize that low-cost manufacturing locations simply aren’t sufficient. Companies like Nike are turning to near-shoring for another reason. Sustainability. The company wants a short supply line. “Nike’s aim is to minimize volumes while maximizing speed. It wants a ‘lean and mean’ supply chain, and is prepared to invest in it,” reports The Load Star, a UK-based online publication specializing in supply chain news.

In researching this environmental concern, the behemoth is intent on manufacturing in the closest possible proximity to its consumers. For U.S. customers, that focus is—again—closer than you would initially imagine.

Look to near-shore solutions for an attractive alternative to sourcing in Asia. You’ll get higher value manufacturing, shorter sourcing cycles, lower inventory costs, increased flexibility and speed to market.

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