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Manufacturers Bring Production In-House to Protect Against Natural Disasters

The recent environmental and man-made disasters around the globe have caused many manufacturers to reconsider the strategies and mindset they ahve in regards to production practices. A recent survey by the EEF notes two-fifths of companies they surveyed indicated plans to bring production back in-house. The changes don't stop there: those above surveyed manufacterers have plans for their processes once the production is brought back in house as well: Two-thirds of the companies that brought production back in-house also increased their use of local suppliers, reports the UK-based manufacturers' organization. And large companies, according to the survey, are more likely to bring production back in-house: 55 percent of large companies say they have done this compared with 39 percent of small companies. Supply chain management has become a critical issue that has found its way to the boardroom, according to this article from Environmental Leader, but that doesn't mean the entire supply chain is being monitored. The survey also found that only 11 percent of companies monitor the entire supply chain. With companies beginning to see the value of in-house production, the need to monitor the entire supply chain (and being able to see that information clearly and efficiently). Supply chain managers must keep this increased interest in mind for the future – assuring that they themselves as well as the entire supply chain they oversee is consistenly meeting the needs of the business.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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