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Global pandemic roils 2020 Reshoring Index, shifting focus from reshoring to right-shoring

Kearney’s annual Reshoring Index tracks whether manufacturing is coming back to America from Asia, where so many jobs have been offshored over the past several decades. Our latest findings show that the US has not reclaimed manufacturing jobs in any material way. 

The disruptions wrought by COVID-19 make the latest Kearney Reshoring Index uniquely challenging to interpret. Our annual reshoring metric plunged from an historic high in 2019 (due mainly to a sharp decline in imports from China, not a surge in domestic manufacturing) deep into negative territory for 2020. Yet the Index took many twists and turns throughout the year, sinking deepest during the 2nd quarter, when the pandemic shuttered much of US manufacturing capability; rebounding solidly back up into positive territory over the summer, when US production resumed; then ending the year in decidedly negative territory. 

US manufacturing imports from China took a similar roller-coaste


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25 Jun 2021
The Inventory Battleground: Increasing Supply Chain Complexity
 

IHL’s latest report on the future of grocery shows some hard lessons learned from the 2020 disruptions, especially when it comes to inventory accuracy. Out-of-stocks (OOS) have always plagued the grocery industry, but the rise of digital shopping last year exposed some new causes for concern.

 
Bonnie Milam
Blue Yonder
 
25 Jun 2021
Leveraging Demand and Supply Planning to Unlock the Value of MRP
 

Both demand and supply planning and materials requirement planning (MRP) have been around for a long time. It’s hard to imagine a modern manufacturing company without either one. With a robust MRP system, manufacturers can better control inventory, plan production accurately, manage data and d

 
DemandCaster
DemandCaster
 
25 Jun 2021
What Does the Future Hold for On-Demand Trucking?
 

The current state of business is all about digitization. Thanks to the ongoing development of smart technology, every aspect of the supply chain has been digitized and optimized, increasing speed, accuracy, and success. As we live in a consumer culture where demand is expected to be met instantly, c

 
Martin Pahulje
Flexis
 
25 Jun 2021
The urgency for collaborative supply chain networks increases for automotive manufacturers
 

Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers continue to increase their collaboration in various ways, whether this be through robotic process automation (RPA), data collection and exchange, or other methods that provide insights for scalability. With true, multi-enterprise collaboration, there are

 
Infor
Infor
 
11 Jun 2021
5 Key Trends for Supply Chain Analytics and Optimization This Year
 

This year has brought many unexpected changes. Businesses worldwide have had to completely reinvent how they perform operations, especially in the supply chain industry. As a result, 2021 has produced innovative developments in supply chain analytics and optimization. New technology has been introdu

 
Martin Pahulje
Flexis
 


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