A hopeful article, with actual physically happening examples, “The Insourcing Boom,” talks about how manufacturing for US companies is coming home to the US.
So a funny thing happened to the GeoSpring on the way from the cheap Chinese factory to the expensive Kentucky factory: The material cost went down. The labor required to make it went down. The quality went up. Even the energy efficiency went up.
GE wasnâ€™t just able to hold the retail sticker to the â€œChina price.â€ It beat that price by nearly 20 percent. The China-made GeoSpring retailed for $1,599. The Louisville-made GeoSpring retails for $1,299.
In my classes we have talked about what kinds of jobs won’t be outsourced. Maybe that is less of an issue than I thought it was.
Still think Pink’s 6 + innovation are good ways for students to look at their potential work. Maybe I need to talk about these more in terms of culture, especially as we apply it to literature. Maybe.