Supply chains to shift in the wake of coronavirus

The Washington Examiner reached out to business professors Hitendra Chaturvedi and Craig Carter who teach supply chain management for their take on sourcing from suppliers in other parts of Asia to supplement the Chinese sourcing and logistics issues due to COVID-19.

Arizona State University professor Hitendra Chaturvedi told the Washington Examiner that he's been making "the case for Mexico and Latin America creating an alternative to China" in U.S. companies' supply chains. Professor Craig Carter, Chaturvedi's colleague at ASU, shared in this story published July 9, 2020, in the Washington Examiner:

The drive toward efficiency and lean supply chains led many companies to select a single supplier for a particular part or component. For some sourcing categories, these suppliers were often located in China due to low labor costs. Companies still want the lower prices associated with sourcing from a single supplier. However, the disruption caused by COVID-19 has led many companies to identify a second source of supply. In China's case, this is often referred to as a 'China plus one' sourcing strategy.

Craig Carter, professor of supply chain management

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