We lean advocates tend to rant about how so many businesses wrongly believe they need to outsource production to other countries, especially those in Asia, in order to be competitive. We argue that a lean strategy, along with recognition of the problems and costs of a far-flung supply chain, can make up for lower costs overseas.
But maybe some businesses are smarter than we think.
The article includes comments from Douglas Bartlett, who is closing a circuit-board factory in
“I can compete against Chinese entrepreneurs, and Chinese labor cost is not that big a factor,” he said, “but I cannot compete against the Chinese government’s manufacturing policies.”
Currency manipulation is a serious issue, though it is not my intent to address it here. What I find fascinating is the first part of that quote, in which
I am saddened by the closing of
I simply wish to make the point that