In 2020, COVID-19 exposed significant weaknesses in global supply chains, placing unprecedented pressure on companies to meet consumer demand. Combine that with increasing cost of labor in off-shore locations like China and exorbitant trade tariffs, the concept of off-shoring that has defined supply chain management for nearly 5 decades looks decidedly shaky. Are we about to see a mass repatriation of manufacturing to the U.S? In this article I address the impact that re-shoring of manufacturing would have on demand planning, how it would change the role of the Demand Planner, and the skills we will need should it happen.

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(Summer 2021)

Will Re-shoring of US Manufacturing Change the Role of The Demand Planner?