How Companies Are Overhauling Supply Chains to Ease Bottlenecks | WSJ

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The Covid pandemic has strained global supply chains, causing freight backlogs that have driven up costs. Now, some companies are looking for longer-term solutions to prepare for future supply-chain crises, even if those strategies come at a high cost. Photo Illustration: Jacob Reynolds

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shresth jain January 14, 2022 - 12:55 AM

Shift your supply chain out of china

Alparslan Korkmaz January 14, 2022 - 12:57 AM

Nice video.

Ryan Valicek January 14, 2022 - 1:04 AM

near shoring, just what america needs

Don DP January 14, 2022 - 1:14 AM

Let's go Brandon

Drew H January 14, 2022 - 1:17 AM

I ordered a load of tiles from Guangzhou, China. It took 18 days ocean shipped to LA, California. Then from there they took 38 days by rails to NYC.

djp January 14, 2022 - 1:20 AM

I would pay 2x for a product if they manufactured it here instead of China. Boomers destroyed our economy and we need to fix it.

M January 14, 2022 - 1:25 AM

Simple: End Just in Time, make in America, have storage facilities

Jerald Macachor January 14, 2022 - 1:36 AM

There are tradeoffs between efficiency and robustness. Efficient systems are sometimes fragile. Robust systems have some redundancies. For goods and skills of strategic importance, having regional or onshore capacity is very needed. It's like insurance in case of war.

Vanessa Li January 14, 2022 - 1:37 AM

Reshoring makes lots of sense, it will cut down carbon emissions too. The real problem is we all addicted to buying, often buying things we don't need. For example, quick fashion ending up in landfills.

Country boy January 14, 2022 - 2:01 AM

Us uk doesn’t have work force for Essential jobs. Manufacturing in us and Uk?

shiva Subramanian January 14, 2022 - 2:14 AM

Circular economy is the future….?

AL January 14, 2022 - 2:54 AM

They need to integrate Vechain to stop all the fraud that is starting to appear due to the delays.

Paula Caulk January 14, 2022 - 3:04 AM

God has a plan for his partners, it’s Coming

Thomas Rudzik January 14, 2022 - 3:38 AM

Life or Death FINANCE: "ESG stands 4 Environmental, Social, and Governance." Investors are increasingly applying NON-FINANCIAL Factors as part of ANALYSIS PROCESS to identify material risks and GROWTH OPPURTUNITIES; "World Bank" LOST $300 Billion thru "China Real Estate" PONZI. They MUST make "$Billion loans" on "$Million Properties" to HIDE LOSS! US/UK Taxpayers PAY 4 this.

MMP Channel January 14, 2022 - 4:06 AM

It's high time to remove China from supply chain equations and look for other developing countries.

S P January 14, 2022 - 5:10 AM

…. and in 9 months these companies will only look at profits 📈, back to normal business and quickly forget about supply chain issues and risks. 💰 🤑 💸

Chobble Gobbler January 14, 2022 - 5:51 AM

We really been doing the same shid since the 40s

alexander schlatter January 14, 2022 - 6:35 AM

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just increase inventory a bit rather than building entirely new factories in other countries?

Shubhanshu Jain January 14, 2022 - 7:16 AM

What if Mexico and China become rich?

shavaun jackson January 14, 2022 - 7:33 AM

Hmm, the reporter claim , Reshoring is from delays. Anyone remember USA past president making policies , which will return all/most goods back to USA for production ? The last president claim Reshoring is for jobs creation in USA and higher pay for American workers. What effect will this action be on the countries Reshoring is taking place from?

Onehourworkout January 14, 2022 - 8:32 AM

Tell corporate America to drink bleach…. and make stuff in America

Dário Nascimento January 14, 2022 - 9:30 AM

Ok, but how will you supply the nearshored factories?! For most products, those supplies will still come from other countries…

Morgan Oox January 14, 2022 - 9:40 AM

Dont buy made in china.

Cole Phelps January 14, 2022 - 9:42 AM

"The Global Pandemic" snarled the supply chains? Or the regulators and government officials allowed it to remain artificially snarled by doing NOTHING? LOL

Joshua Syrtash January 14, 2022 - 9:53 AM

Let’s go Brandon!!!

jksanrio January 14, 2022 - 9:55 AM

4:26 Soooome….. body once told me…

john lafrance January 14, 2022 - 10:19 AM

Amazon should build its own port and create a shipping line

GMTarasu January 14, 2022 - 11:52 AM

A run of the mill YouTube channel would have done a better video?

Gary Evergreen January 14, 2022 - 12:33 PM

No matter what to do, companies still got the same mission: sell products at the most competitive price to maximize profit.

Tahidul Islam January 14, 2022 - 1:38 PM

Bangladesh! 🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩

Giovanni Corno January 14, 2022 - 2:10 PM

Bring back manufacturing in the West parts of world. Let’s stop being so China dependent.

Leokeyx Leokeyx January 14, 2022 - 2:11 PM

overhauling supply chains from china is just not feasible at this point

Alexander Philip January 14, 2022 - 2:51 PM

Mexico is going to be the next big thing on the western hemisphere, with a market as large as the US right next door and a favourable internal demography, Americans and Mexicans are set for the next two or three decades. Definetly an alternative to china if American politicians decide to run with it in the long run.

R D January 14, 2022 - 3:46 PM

Regionalization is intelligent. They can get back supply chain resilience at the cost of a small amount of supply chain efficiency. Big picture wise though there should always be product available AND if for some reason one region has a problem…product can be shifted from one region to help with shortages. That's if companies do things intelligently and not on the cheap, those companies will have a problem at some point as well.

Andrew Osbourne January 14, 2022 - 4:05 PM

This should be a wake up call for globalisation. We became so interconnected with others, it is dangerous. Every country should be completely independent.

Militarily – countries are too dependent on Russia, China and US.
Anything else – countries are too dependent on China and US.

Countries lose control over their boarders, immigration systems, laws and regulations. I.E. European Union is the biggest fraud ever, “bribing countries with free movement and financial incentives over control of the country itself”.

Red tree January 14, 2022 - 5:53 PM

This wont work in long term.
The cost will go 5 or 7times higher than before.

1stGruhn January 14, 2022 - 6:53 PM

The globalists who thought working with China are either fools or are complicit in the human rights abuses going on there. No communist state is worth setting up shop in, they have killed far more than Hitler ever dreamed of doing. And as regarding the cost of getting out of China, the world has funded this modern day Nazi equivalent… the real cost will be WW3 if we don't stop the CCP. It may already be too late.

Vlaustin Emily January 14, 2022 - 7:29 PM

Bitcoin is the future investing in it now is the wisest thing to do now especially with the current rise

jigil jigil January 14, 2022 - 7:45 PM

I know people generally have negative views agianst China government policies, but as Chinese people we will be the victims if western nations and companies decide to relocate their supply chains and production out of China, obvisouly our economy is dependent on goods export and with 1.5 billion people it's clear any major efford from western world would damage our economy significantly, probably will result in more poverty, as a Chinese I sincerely ask the western world and US to consider our situation before making any decisions, we are speaking about over a billion people of China not the government , they have lived for centuries with poverty and west financial presence in China have keeped us out of that, please reconsider.

Prayag Mehta January 14, 2022 - 7:50 PM

As long as lean and JIT are metrics drive like say GM and not objective driven like say Toyota , there will be consecutive hiccups in the entire chain. Even though lean and QC and many good management techniques were thought of in the us first ( Deming, Juran and Taylor) they have been unable to deploy such techniques properly.