Manufacturing in Asia (China, India, Indonesia, etc.) is no longer a slam dunk for U.S. companies. There are many factors to consider when deciding where to manufacture and the analysis required is not that easy. You need to look at everything from taxes, regulations and currencies to culture, fair labor practices and quality/safety standards to supplier networks, skilled labor, infrastructure and everything in between.

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At a recent planning call with some of the members of the Next Practices Xchange for their upcoming conference, I was asked to come up with the list of concerns that leaders in the community (Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain, etc. etc.) had. This was to identify the major risks that are facing the community so that a relevant agenda could be developed. I pushed back at the members and got them to acknowledge that we would be talking about only those issues that they knew about or had identified. What about all those that they had not?

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The “Millennials” or often referred to as “Generation Next” are not only coming, they are already here. With this new generation 80 million strong (born between 1980 and 1995) and rapidly taking over from the baby boomers who are now pushing 60, we are being forced to look at talent management in a completely new way. We must take a Next Practice approach to managing “Generation Next” or lose the war for talent altogether. 60 Minutes’ MorIey Safer did a report a few years ago entitled “The Millennials are Coming”

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