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U.S. Companies are an Accessory to Theft

That’s right an accessory to theft of jobs in the U.S.  Companies make too many excuses as to why manufacturing is cheaper in China.

  • High labor wages
  • Medical costs
  • Retirement benefits
  • Fleixibility

And the list could go on and on forever.

These are nothing but excuses for not taking the time to look at the total cost of a value stream, including:

  • Cost of quality
  • Transportation
  • Higher inventory levels
  • Discards/Obsolescence
  • And more that I have not mentioned

We need to stop making excuses and better understand the true cost issues that are occurring.  Then put in place countermeasures to lower the overall total costs.

There is no need to discuss how to hold companies like FoxConn accountable for all the mistreating of employees if companies are manufacturing in the U.S. instead of China.  The mirror should be turned on ourselves.  We should be asking how do we produce close to our customer and have the best total cost possible.

Excuses are easy.  Let’s start solving for true lower total costs and stop being an accessory to theft.

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