Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

July 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 7

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Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

Industrial Engineer's quarterly column about supply chain and logistics (July 2013) 

Global supply chains are here to stay

I am surprised that a number of publications focus on the “death” of the global supply chain. Some take the perspective that U.S. labor costs are lower than China’s. Others contend that fuel costs are too high to make global trade cost-effective. And others say long shipping times from Asia to the U.S. hamper a company’s agility.


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