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Supply Trends Have Buyers Sourcing Closer to Home

from Purchasing.com

With low supplier inventories increasing lead times for many products and materials, more buyers are scaling back low-cost country sourcing programs and focusing on finding reliable supply sources closer to home. According to a recent poll on PurchasingBizconnect, more than half of buyers polled said they are doing more near-shoring as a result of the recession while only 28 percent said they consider low-cost country sourcing a growth strategy coming out of recession. And the latest data from Purchasingdata.com indicates that buyers have slowed the cutbacks on sourcing outside North America, but are not yet increasing their sourcing plan overseas. (The index currently sits at 48, where Buyers remain cautious about increasing overseas sourcing heading out of the recession above 50 equals growth). more


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