How Walmart Plans to Bring Back ‘Made in America’
Walmart doesn’t make anything. But the giant retailer could play a part in the manufacturing rebound that is taking place in the U.S. with its promise to buy $50 billion more U.S. made goods over the next decade for its Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. It’s a bit ironic, given Walmart’s vast global sourcing organization. But the same forces that are making the U.S. a more hospitable place for manufacturing —higher shipping costs and wage rates overseas among them—have prompted the company to reevaluate its sourcing on a variety of products. “This is a commitment around manufacturing and more economic renewal. We see it as a critical issue for us in the American economy,” says Duncan Mac Naughton chief merchandising and marketing officer for Walmart U.S. What Walmart sees is a way to lower costs while smoothing its supply cycle by looking more broadly at its distribution system. Although the company may be able to buy an item cheaper from China, the price it pays per piece ...
How ‘Made in the USA’ is Making a Comeback
The U.S. economy continues to struggle, and the weak March jobs report — just 88,000 positions were added — briefly spooked the market. But step back and you’ll see a bright spot, perhaps the best economic news the U.S. has witnessed since the rise of Silicon Valley: Made in the USA is making a comeback. Climbing out of the recession, the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the past three years. It marks the first time in more than a decade that the number of factory jobs has gone up instead of down. From ExOne’s 3-D manufacturing plant near Pittsburgh to Dow Chemical’s expanding ethylene and propylene production in Louisiana and Texas, which could create 35,000 jobs, American workers are busy making things that customers around the world want to buy — and defying the narrative of the nation’s supposedly inevitable manufacturing decline. The past several months alone have seen some surprising reversals. ...
Google Glass Will Be Made in the USA by Foxconn
Google‘s high-tech glasses will be manufactured in California, according to multiple reports, in the latest example of an American tech company choosing to build one of its products in the United States. Google’s highly touted computerized spectacles, known as Google Glass, will be assembled by Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwanese industrial giant that builds many of Apple‘s products, at a plant in Santa Clara, California, according to reports in the Financial Times and Bloomberg. Google’s decision comes just months after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced plans to spend $100 million to build one of the existing Mac lines in the U.S. Apple’s plans were highlighted by President Obama during his 2013 State of the Union address. Obama has called for tech companies to increase U.S.-based manufacturing, and although there are signs of an uptick, there remains considerable debate about whether this is a long-term trend or a short-term byproduct of the U.S. economic recovery. Foxconn, ...
"Made in the USA" again
Mei Xu's candle-making business is one of several American companies bringing back their operations to the States from overseas
Found more than 1 month ago on channel CBS
Made in the USA: More consumers buying American
A curious thing is happening among American shoppers. More are checking labels and asking, "Is it 'Made in the USA?
Found more than 1 month ago on channel MSNBC