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By Jonathan Gilbert, TFI logistics consultant
With all of the recent bad economic news, it's sometimes hard to think of positive effects from all the disruption we're seeing. Just last week, Dell announced plans to close its largest manufacturing facility outside of the U.S., a plant in Limerick, Ireland. Most media coverage focused mainly on the downside and loss of Irish jobs.
What wasn't mentioned in the stories about Limerick is that there are a lot of folks also applauding the plant closure. That's because production is moving to Lodz, Poland, in search of lower labor costs and more efficient distribution of products for all of Europe, Middle East, and Asia (EMEA). The Poles are understandably happy, and so is Dell.
The lesson in all of this is that tough times bring challenges as well as opportunities. We need to be focused on what's coming up and prepare. For supply chain managers, the current worldwide slowdown presents some unique opportunities. Good ideas that might have been tabled in prior years are now of much greater interest.