Logistics Services Providers Shift Investment Focus Outside BRIC Markets

BluJay Solutions

The emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China that make up the ‘BRIC’ acronym continue to forge ahead. Many manufacturers are seeking alternatives to BRIC countries, in particular China, as part of their future sourcing strategies.


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Several executives I spoke with were fairly adamant that the products they were buying, whether it was manufactured products or apparel, would never move back to the United States, and nor should it, given the low wages associated with these production settings.

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Global Luxury Management “Lifestyle” brands require push supply chain design customization

Supply Chain View from the Field

The supply chain design is very much focused on contract manufacturing to a network of factories. Most of the luxury brands’ global supply chain manufacturing networks are in Asia, with the biggest location being China – which is becoming too expensive. There has been a strong push for more US manufacturing in recent years. The problem, of course, is that companies struggles to find individuals who are willing to work in apparel manufacturing plants.

Supply Chain Outlook 2015: Looking to the Future

Supply Chain View from the Field

We will probably keep the higher value added manufacturing, that requires extensive engineering skills, complexity, high technology precision, and customization for customer requirements. It was also pointed out that the supply chain for manufacturing in America also has to be re-created – many of the suppliers in these industries are no longer there. But the trend is definitely going in the direction of manufacturing moving back locally to America.

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

In particular, the focal BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) represent major targets for expansion, but with them come a host of new problem that enterprises have little to no experience in dealing with in terms of logistics capabilities. The globalization of organizational supply chains will continue to expand, as organizations seek growth markets in the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!

The Growing Fragmentation of Global Trade: Guest Post by Tim Barnes


Raw materials are sourced from one country, products are manufactured in another country, and the final goods are transported to customers all over the world. For those areas that are less flexible, such as manufacturing plants, alternatives can be reviewed, such as setting up redundancy across different geographies, moving to contract manufacturing or any other risk mitigating change. Globalization and supply chains have been tied at the hip over the course of history.

Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


Shipments arrive from Nike’s network of global manufacturers in Asia, and includes footwear, apparel and equipment. BRIC Supply Chain BVL International Global Distribution Global Supply Chain Inventory Management Retail Logistics Supply Chain Management

Behind the world’s shimmering cars: The supply chain struggle

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Pushing aside the scandals and the glitz and glamour of the show in Frankfurt, the underlying issue remains the same: To meet consumers’ increasing appetite for choice, manufacturers churn out an ever-increasing range of models, features and options. What can car manufacturers do?

Nike Learns to Mass Customize Shoes While Near-Shoring


Nike also realized their expertise wasn’t in doing quick turn manufacturing in country, so they have made an agreement with Flex around what they call their “Manufacturing Revolution” – which is focused on mass production of slightly customized shoes and manufacturing them near shore, which in this case is Mexico. I had the opportunity to speak with a Nike executive about how the company has moved into the world of mass-customization.

What Trump’s Announcement of Withdrawal from the TPP Means for US Supply Chain Executives


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The Emerging Supply Chain Wars


Even the World Trade Organization chief economist Patrick Low describes these “hybrid value chains” as different: “The physical and the digital, the manufacturing and the services, and the value-added from intangible factors such as competence and reputation are simply not captured by today’s statistical methods”. [1] BRIC Supply Chain China Supply Chain Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Global Distribution Global Supply Chain Supply Chain Economics Supply Chain Strategy

UPS Executive Shares Insights on Total Cost of Ownership in the Electronics Supply Chain

Supply Chain View from the Field

In this case, the context was an annual bid and quote negotiation they had to do with electronic manufacturers who wanted to ship products from the factories in Asia to the US. We happened to use the example of a high end consumer electronics manufacturer, but in truth, any one of the manufacturers operated the same way. Ken Torok came to my class on Monday evening, and provided a delightful discussion on total cost of ownership.

Random thoughts on “close-to-home-shoring” based on my travels last week…

Supply Chain View from the Field

Later in the week, I traveled to Monterrey, Mexico to speak to a group of executives at Xignux, a large private manufacturing company of cable, food products, engineering services, and power generation equipment. Last week I had the opportunity to travel first to New York and then Monterrey, Mexico, and speak with a number of people to explore perspectives on the current economic situation we find ourselves in.

Bangladesh Working Conditions: A Human Rights Issue? Or a Supplier Capacity Issue?

Supply Chain View from the Field

A recent discussion with supply chain executives in the apparel industry reveal that the problem is a tricky one to solve – and may be a function of other decisions being made by apparel manufacturers that have nothing to do with labor human rights in the supply chain. BRIC Supply Chain Global Distribution Global Supply Chain Procurement Sustainability Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Management Supply chain Relationships Supply Chain Strategy Sustainability

FMCG Manufacturing, Sourcing and the Ukraine-Russia Unrest

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

As part of the BRIC countries Russia is important in driving the growth aspirations of many of the world’s largest FMCG companies. Organisations with local manufacturing operations may well keep the Russian market supplied without hindrance and with little impact on cost and efficiency.

Made in America: What it Means to the Country


As of 2016, American manufacturing adds $6 Trillion to our economy , accounting for 12 million jobs. Some companies insist on American manufacturing; others are dedicated only to keeping production costs as low as possible, which means factories in China and impoverished nations.

Rapid Change is Driving the Automotive Industry – Part I

Supply Chain Nation

They don’t see it as an enabler of global manufacturing and sourcing, or as a way of increasing customer loyalty through great service. There’s a trend at the moment toward near-shoring, re-shoring, or bringing manufacturing back locally, but globalization is not going to go away. I think selecting the right markets is a big issue for automotive logistics – where should your manufacturing be based, where should your sourcing be done?

Collaboration: The New Battle Cry of Supply Chain

Supply Chain Network

Take for example the BRIC nations and the impact this region has across the global economy. In fact, all of the BRIC countries are now in the top 10 economies, with Brazil at 9, Russia at 6, India at 4 and China 2nd.

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6 Supply Chain Trends That Could Truly Shake You Up (2018 Update)

Logistics Bureau

Additive manufacturing, perhaps better known as 3D printing, is a software-based process that looks increasingly likely to place manufacture of some products into the hands of the end customer, and where it does not achieve this, may nevertheless eliminate many supply chain stages and processes for products that can be created by this fully automated method of production. While the lean concept was born from the world of manufacturing, agility came largely from software development.


Seasoned Leadership in Action™ – An Interview with Derek Panchyshyn!

Supply Chain Game Changer

In my case I graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1990 and started my career with IBM Manufacturing in Toronto, doing test engineering. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Derek Panchyshyn.


Off Shore, Near Shore, Any Shore: Multi-Country Customs Continues to Challenge Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

Growth in global trade is opening up a wealth of opportunities – including low cost manufacturing and new markets for products. And the range of countries engaging in trade is expanding rapidly. BUT this generates greater complexity in the supply chain.


Near-Shoring Trend a Cause for Celebration and Concern for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) & Air Carriers

BluJay Solutions

Indeed for many IATA members whose operations largely center around air cargo, near-shoring is cause for concern, with manufacturing shifting closed to ‘home’ a risk to the sustainability of air freight volumes longer term. .


What’s New in 2015 for the supply chain world? See 2014?s predictions.

Supply Chain View from the Field

While it seemed like many companies would be moving more towards the BRIC countries, global events have proven this uptake to be relatively slow. An NC State team worked with a major manufacturer to create a backbone cost database that establishes different types of cost data, including actual data, assumptions about the data based on prior history, and approximated data based on “best available information”.


Seasoned Leadership in Action™ – An Interview with Derek Panchyshyn, SVP at ATX Networks!

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Freight In The Year Of The Monkey


Image Source: Brics-Info.org. Some sectors in advanced economies have already been left stranded, including mining, manufacturing, and steel. Freight In The Year Of The Monkey.

5 OTR Trends – 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

in the US economy and an expanding manufacturing PMI, the US is on track for growth. Many companies are considering moving manufacturing back to the US, with largest opportunity in “right to work” states and states with capacity providers. Since there should be an available labor pool, the biggest difficulty will be in finding quality manufacturing sites.

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Three Reasons Why I Love Hadoop, and You Should Too!

Supply Chain Shaman

While the rest of the world was deep in a recession in 2008, and manufacturers were struggling with payroll decisions and layoffs, Hadoop innovation was in full swing. As a result, companies closed manufacturing facilities. The growth expectations of the BRIC countries is worrisome.