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A new growth formula for manufacturing in India

Rajat Dhawan and Suvojoy Sengupta – McKinsey & Company India’s manufacturing sector could become an engine for economic growth and jobs—if it can specialize. Eleven high-potential value chains could more than double its manufacturing GDP in a few years. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of the world’s supply chains for medicines and medical…

Is it the end of ‘Made in China’?

Corporate Q&A, Mike Tolentino – Week in China This article was originally published in Week in China. Sideshow Collectibles is a specialty manufacturer of collectible figures and statues, making goods based on characters from Marvel, Star Wars, DC Comics, Disney and others. Mike Tolentino oversees production, working with Chinese factories to assess whether their capabilities meet Sideshow’s standards. Here he…

COVID-19 and climate change expose dangers of unstable supply chains

With the world undergoing its second “once in a generation” disruption in 12 years, a reappraisal of supply chains is in order. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how fragile lengthy, complex supply chains can be—and how much society has riding on their continued smooth functioning. In recent decades, global supply chains have evolved in ways…

Reimagining industrial supply chains

By virtue of COVID supply-chain fragility has been top of the news. Government-imposed orders to stay at home, international and domestic travel restrictions and the need for physical distancing have stretched supply chains and laid bare the key bottlenecks in products’ value chains. Shortages have occurred in areas ranging from basic grocery items to electronic components.…

The future of Asia: Decoding the value and performance of corporate Asia

COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented global challenge to public-health and  a major disruption to supply chains threatening long-standing business practices. But the dynamism, speed, and agility of companies in Asia have given the region resilience. Corporations in Asia have grown rapidly and risen to global prominence over the past decade. However, bigger has not always meant…

Resetting supply chains for the next normal

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, bare supermarket shelves and worldwide shortages of critical personal protective equipment made supply chains headline news. Across industries, companies had little time to address logistics disruptions, shortages of parts and materials, and sudden swings in demand. That required many organizations to rewire their supply chains at short notice—all while…

Technology delivered: Implications for cost, customers, and competition in the last-mile ecosystem

What’s the outlook for the last-mile delivery ecosystem, given rapid development in technology? How will technological advances affect unit economics, customers, and competitive dynamics? This Mckinsey & Company article explains. One of the best parts of the e-commerce journey is the moment that you finally get your hands on that long-sought-after, much-anticipated item you ordered. As…

The Economic Consequences of Disrupted Global Supply Chains

For nearly three decades, global supply chains were the quiet engines of economic globalization. From 1990 to 2008, they drove the rapid expansion of trade, accounting for 60-70% of its growth. More than a decade later, however, they have stalled – and may in some areas be going into reverse. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a supply-shock…

A resilient return for Asia’s manufacturing and supply chains?

Asia shows an early glimpse of how manufacturing and supply-chain leaders are responding to disruption caused by the pandemic. This Mckinsey & Company article by by Didier Chenneveau, Matteo Mancini, and Sahil Shinghal explores the Asia-Pacific region and how different countries are at different stages in their journey through the COVID-19 pandemic. China is broadly…