The same nearshoring benefits are being felt in retailer's supply chains as in consulting to retailers - promixity, agility and value. As fashion proves, just because the unit price of an item is cheapest, it doesn't mean that either the total cost will be lower or the benefit derived higher - it's about delivering business benefits to be achieved as soon as possible.
This interesting article by Sarah Shannon shows that high quality retailers are switching to nearshore as a part of their product sourcing strategy. Is it time to consider nearshore as part of your business & technology consulting sourcing strategy?
I joined everis specifically for this reason - retailers have tried the pure onshore model and found it expensive, and the offshore model has be found to be often as expensive and usually slower. Quality, agility, customer proximity and value will differentiate in the long run (as they ever have).
“There are some categories where it becomes very interesting [for European brands] to source in Europe because the difference in prices [with Asia] is a very low percentage and it’s so much more convenient, you don’t have long to travel, you don’t have custom taxes and you can be much more reactive,”