This technical information has been contributed byCHICAGO—The Reshoring Initiative is calling all retailers to help their suppliers manufacture more consumer products in the U.S.A. The Reshoring Initiative recently launched Resources for Retail Suppliers, linked from Walmart’s JUMP site, to help companies of all sizes succeed in profitably increasing the manufacturing or sourcing of products in the United States.
The Reshoring Initiative
Made in USA Resource Program Could Help Retailers Reap Big Savings
Website offers resources to manufacture and source products in the U.S.A., bring jobs home
GT Nexus recently issued a survey to more than 1,000 consumers across the U.S. to determine how out-of-stock situations affect their shopping behavior. According to the survey, 75 percent of all U.S. adults have experienced an out-of-stock situation—where a product was unavailable in-store—in the last 12 months. Thirty-three percent of disappointed in-store shoppers blamed the retailer when a product was unavailable, and 58 percent of disappointed in-store shoppers either bought from another retailer or did not buy at all.
According to the Reshoring Initiative, the easiest solution to improving product availability is shorter lead times via shorter supply chains. Retailers can use Resources for Retail Suppliers to see how much more they can afford to pay for local, fast delivery products based on savings from lost orders and fewer write-downs.
Bringing production from another country, especially a low-labor-cost country, is increasingly feasible due to the rapid closing of the offshore vs. U.S. wage gap. Based on available data, about $250 billion per year (approximately 25 percent of offshored products) could be profitably reshored, according to the Reshoring Initiative. The mission of this web-based resource is to help retailers and suppliers determine which products to re-evaluate, and to provide the tools required for a smooth transition.
The new program provides direct, personal access to 35 manufacturing trade associations, companies, banks, U.S. Commerce Department offices, and other groups. Each group has assigned dedicated resources to help companies develop and implement plans to produce or source more domestically produced goods. These resources can help with issues such as product selection, cost reduction, and identifying interested retailers. Information regarding management of the transition to reshoring and financing is included for large, small, foreign, and domestic companies.
The Reshoring Initiative is seeking to expand the scope and impact of Resources for Retail Suppliers. The organization, believing that most retailers could benefit from offering more Made in USA products, is calling on all retailers to volunteer to list their contact point for submitting Made in USA products . It is also calling on suppliers to use Resources for Retail Suppliers, and other groups to contact the Reshoring Initiative to volunteer as resources.
“Based on published articles accessible in our Library, the Reshoring Initiative concludes that Walmart has already supported at least 46 suppliers to add 5,000 or more U.S. manufacturing jobs,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, in a statement. “The Reshoring Initiative is delighted to provide these resources to accelerate this effort. We call on other retailers to get on board.”
The Reshoring Initiative (reshorenow.org) offers tools and resources to help companies make supply chain sourcing decisions. The Reshoring Initiative’s free online Total Cost of Ownership Estimator® is a well-known tool for this purpose. It uses advanced metrics that allow users to easily determine the total cost of offshoring by accounting for and understanding the relevant offshoring costs, which include inventory carrying costs, losses from stock-outs and overstocking, shipping expenses, intellectual property risks, and more.
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