Trade consultant Nelson Balido, principal of Balido & Associates, outlines what Mexico's government must do in order for that country to become an attractive alternative for manufacturing products destined for U.S. consumers.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, many U.S. businesses had begun to realize it was time to move some of their manufacturing out of China, and back home to North America. Multiple factors were involved, including increased labor costs for Chinese workers, political uncertainty, and an escalating U.S.-China trade war.
Home Depot, Polaris, Victoria's Secret and Carter's are among the companies that announced plans — pre-pandemic — to return a portion of their manufacturing to North America. Also on this list was Hasbro, which had previously returned manufacture of Play-Doh, a truly iconic American brand, back to Massachusetts.
As managers rethink their supply chains, many will come to realize the tremendous opportunities that exist just north of the border, in Canada. The Canadian medical device market, for example, is the eighth largest in the world, and boasts multiple life sciences clusters that lead the world in certain types of research and development. Canada's thriving technology industry includes five public-private super clusters focused on different aspects of tech innovation. Canada's automobile industry is a vital part of the U.S. market. The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturer's Association notes, for example, that a typical vehicle manufactured in North America crosses the border about seven times before the final assembly process.
There's a lot to consider in building a Canadian logistics strategy. But whether a business is new to that market or has an established presence, the challenges remain the same. And so do the solutions. Read Success in Canada Demands a Uniquely Canadian Logistics Strategy to learn more.
Boris Johnson’s officials are urgently working to avert a major border crisis when the U.K. leaves the European Union’s trade regime, amid warnings vital government IT systems may not be ready in time.
Challenge: A customer operating on BluJay’s transportation management system experienced volume increases peaking weekly at 50% year-over-year, driven by COVID-19 and shifts in consumer demand. This created an immediate need to scale carrier procurement efforts to support increased load volumes, while keeping costs in line and meeting customer service expectations.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:00 to Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:00
In today's environment every aspect of transportation is facing challenges. Shippers are presented with load coverage limitations, routing decisions and capacity challenges. Not to mention the feat to maintain safe working environments via no contact processes. Flexible technology can help you stay safe, find load coverage and carrier capacity.
Join SupplyChainBrain and BluJay Solutions in this one hour webinar to learn about:
- The current climate of COVID-19 and the impact it continues to have on the supply chain
- How you can implement no contact check in and check out processes for the warehouse
- Technology that can help shippers find capacity and carriers find loads
- Examples of shippers taking advantage of managed transportation services to keep their product moving and on the shelves
Brian Zirbes, Business Product Owner, BluJay Solutions
Steve Williamson, Director, Solution Consulting, BluJay Solutions