Considering more than China’s labor costs

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SupplyChainBrain: The Library:

“Before you consider outsourcing to China,” Fabin says, “you might want to consider which aspects of production it makes sense to outsource. You need a clear picture of your total supply chain cost.”

Another example about not being blinded by low China labor costs. Companies need to consider the costs of increased complexity as well as the 5-6 week trip across the ocean. I've read other accounts that say if a company has to ship even 10% of product by air freight, rather than by ocean, that China outsourcing savings can evaporate.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. His latest book has been released as an "in-progress" book, titled Measures of Success.

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