Questioning the relentless shift to offshore manufacturing

WARBURTON, R.D.H. and STRATTON, R., 2002. Questioning the relentless shift to offshore manufacturing. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 7 (2), pp. 101-108. ISSN 1359-8546

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Abstract

The last 20 years has seen a relentless shift to offshore manufacturing as retailers chase ever-lower labor costs. The results of this strategy can now be evaluated and we propose that some adjustments are in order. We analyze the case of a North American apparel manufacturer (Griffin Manufacturing, Inc.) that has successfully emerged from a period of major change with a strong and strategic position in the apparel supply chain. This case study documents Griffin’s survival through evolution in capabilities, technology, and especially attitude. The Griffin case study suggests that keeping a portion of the manufacturing onshore at an agile, quick response factory is cost effective: it increases sales and improves margins. However, the new relationship between the parties is much more complex and requires commitment on both sides.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Supply Chain Management: an International Journal
Creators: Warburton, R.D.H. and Stratton, R.
Publisher: MCB UP Ltd./Emerald
Date: 2002
Volume: 7
Number: 2
ISSN: 1359-8546
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/13598540210426659DOI
Rights: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:09
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12824

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