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A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective on Investing in U.S. Manufacturing

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In conjunction with our unveiling of our Supply Chain Matters 2013 prediction #3 of a continued renaissance in U. S. based manufacturing, we call reader attention to a very articulate and well written commentary published on the Xconomy web portal; Build it in the Back Yard, Why We need American Manufacturing. The commentary is jointly authored by five individuals of Boston area based, Vertex Pharmaceuticals. They jointly provide powerful insightful arguments that while offshore manufacturing options may offer a lower price, that considerations for rigorous regulatory compliance, concerns for intellectual property protection, and the critical aspects of co-innovation among product development and manufacturing are often offsetting factors.  In the pharmaceutical and perhaps other innovation focused industries, manufacturing presence and capability is often a high-precision, highly skilled process.  The authors provide a powerful argument for concentrating research and development in the shadow of manufacturing, and for viewing a diversified supply chain […]


Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Two

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Once a year, just before the start of the New Year, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters Blog provide a series of predictions for the coming year. We have maintained this tradition since the founding of the blog in 2008. Readers can view the entire listing by clicking on this web link: 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains. In our Part One posting, we explored our first two predictions for 2013, the overall economic and business challenges, and our prediction of inbound commodity prices.  In this commentary, we move to our Predictions #3 and #4.   Prediction #3: The renaissance of U.S. based manufacturing will continue in 2013, but further momentum is dependent on addressing key challenges in legislative and industry barriers and the new transformation of manufacturing. In our Supply Chain Matters weekly and Newsletter quarterly commentaries, we have acknowledged conditions that have spurred […]


A Guest Posting: Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Surge Point to Singificant Change and Fulfillment Challenges

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The 2012 holiday buying surge reaches its climax this week as last-minute shoppers make their selections and expect to receive their purchases by the Christmas holiday. This author just penned a guest posting update on the Infosys Supply Chain Management blog that reflects on learning has occurred thus far. Consumers have clearly stepped-up their preferences towards online channels as the preferred buying option. They have embraced the conveniences of in-home buying and cyber-based price and feature comparisons. Meanwhile, supply chains have been engaging in non-stop activities to keep pace with Omni-Channel buying preferences and some supply disruptions.  When all the dust settles, we as a supply chain, B2B and B2C community will have yet another collection of important indicators for future initiatives. The full posting can be read by clicking on this Infosys Supply Chain Management web link. Bob Ferrari Disclosure: Infosys Limited is one of other paid sponsors of […]