Is working with just one supplier is the best way to control glove cost? How many suppliers should you have?
At first, this seems like a simple question.
There is no denying the appeal of finding lower cost apparel manufacturing. We all read about the shift of manufacturing to western China and beyond, in search of lower costs. The growth of manufacturing in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and others are all testament to that.
We also read about manufacturing shifting back to the U.S in some cases. While price is not part of that equation, manufacturing on this side of the world, when feasible, offers other potential advantages.
As with most supply chain questions, it is not as easy as it looks.
If you are thinking about diversifying your supply chain, what else should you consider?