Tariffs Shake Up the Supply Chain

Tariffs Shake Up the Supply Chain

December 9, 2018

U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods may lead to a permanent relocation of manufacturing companies from China to other Southeast Asian countries.

Some American businesses are looking at relocating manufacturing facilities to places like Thailand or the Philippines.  Some Chinese companies are also considering opening up operations outside their homeland.  One such business may build a massive tire factory in the Philippines to avoid U.S. tariffs.

Some speculate that the tariffs may lead to significant and permanent changes in the global supply chain.  Interestingly, however, Chinese exports were up by almost 16% in October, the first full month of tariff implementation, with companies rushing to send goods to the U.S. before the tariffs rise from 10 percent to 25 percent at the end of the year.


Video Spotlight: China’s exports are still soaring despite the trade war


This post is based on the Industry Week post, Manufacturing exit from China to dodge U.S. duties gains pace, by Angus Whitley, November 7, 2018, and the CNN article and video, China’s exports are still soaring despite the trade war, by Daniel Shane, November 8, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Nerthuz.

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American Chains Famous for Quality in China

American Chains Famous for Quality in China

March 30, 2018

Why are American chains like Pizza Hut, Starbucks and McDonald’s experiencing fast growth and strong success in China?

Three key reasons: Strategic adaptations to the Chinese market and tastes, careful location planning, and adaptation to local cultural preferences in product and service design.

The Chinese have a great desire for goods and services they can trust.  Although some Chinese competitors have entered the market with copycat fast food offerings, many Chinese still want the authenticity, consistency, and high quality of well-known Western brands.

This post is based on the Eater article, Why China Loves American Chain Restaurants So Much, by Clarissa Wei, March 20, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing.

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1. How do the operations strategies of Pizza Hut differ in China versus in the United States?

Guidance: Whereas Pizza Hut is a relatively less expensive, casual, fast food eatery in the United States, in China it’s an upscale, date-night spot that often requires reservations. Thus, a focus on high quality and service is important in China, whereas in the U.S. the strategy is more focused on short processing time and low cost.  This is true, interestingly, even though the standard of living and Continue reading

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