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Implications for U.S. organizations far
reaching if reshoring policies change

During the early days of the new presidency, the "Made in
America" slogan seemed to be making a comeback in some
Washington, D.C., circles.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who had campaigned on the
idea of reshoring jobs back to the United States, was calling out
several high-profile organizations-including Ford Motor Co.,
United Technologies Corp.'s Carrier division and General Motors
Co.-that had moved production facilities offshore in years past.1
Trump's bravado, too, got many organizations worried that
goods or services produced with offshore labor might be subject
to special tariffs under new administration plans.2
"Every single Fortune 500 company has something outsourced and offshored," said Frank Casale, chairman emeritus
of the Outsourcing Institute and co-founder of a professional
association called the Institute for Robotic Process Automation.3

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Trump's reshoring approach certainly can't happen overnight
as businesses sort through the complex and far-reaching implications. Corporate America has been put on notice, however, and
many organizations are already beginning to prepare for possible
policy changes.
Some organizations are exploring options such as automating
more operations, using cloud-based technology and training
more skilled workers. Experts warn, however, that reshoring labor
could prove to be an expensive process that results in organizations actually raising prices to avoid having higher labor costs eat
away at their profit margins.

Outsourcing origins

When did outsourcing start to gain traction and become so ubiquitous? Three Harvard Business School professors described in a


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - March 2017

Seen and Heard
Expert Answers
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Field Notes
Innovation Imperative
Hard Wired
Propel Forward
Life After Disruption
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Statistics Spotlight
Standard Issues
Marketplace
Footnotes
Back to Basics
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - Seen and Heard
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 7
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Expert Answers
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 9
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Progress Report
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 11
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 12
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Mr. Pareto Head
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Field Notes
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 16
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 17
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Innovation Imperative
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - Hard Wired
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - Propel Forward
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - Life After Disruption
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - Work Smarter, Not Harder
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 43
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Statistics Spotlight
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 47
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Standard Issues
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 49
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Marketplace
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 51
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Footnotes
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Quality Progress - March 2017 - 54
Quality Progress - March 2017 - 55
Quality Progress - March 2017 - Back to Basics
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