A typical supply chain network may rely on the skills and equipment capacity of hundreds of suppliers. To strengthen and rebuild the U.S. supplier network, companies should consider:

1. Emphasizing productivity and profitability by reviewing systems and processes, reducing costs and improving efficiencies.

2. Improving lean-manufacturing skills to lower costs and improve quality.

3. Partnering with local educational institutions to provide guidance and collaboration for the courses and apprenticeship programs needed to provide the training for the jobs that need to be filled.

4. Collaborating with engineers in the early design stage of product development to optimize the product, lowering costs and improving time-to-market.

5. Embracing new technology and methods that improve productivity and profitability.

To rebuild a strong U.S. supplier network, suppliers must also have the capacity to showcase their capabilities and buyers must be able to easily access qualified American supply chain partners with the capabilities to meet production requirements and time-to-market guidelines.

Resilient supply chains require robust relationships between buyers and suppliers and are imperative for sustainability. The value of collaboration in pursuing supply chain stability can’t be overstated. The alliance between buyers and suppliers should be cultivated and relationships must be based on strong communication.

Revitalizing the U.S. supply chain network will have a game-changing impact on procurement in the U.S. and empower U.S. manufacturers to effectively compete globally.

Engagement in product development and processes, dynamic collaboration and new technology will rebuild the strength of the U.S. supply chain network, support the trend of reshoring and drive sustainable, global competitiveness in American manufacturing.