The Trade Wars are here! Tariffs! Counter-Tariffs! Counter-Counter-Tariffs! Counter-Counter-Counter-Tariffs! Even online traders can’t trade that fast. It’s dizzying.
And if you’re planning didn’t start weeks ago, you have a lot of catching up to do. Because if you don’t, your business may not survive. Literally.
So far, we told you it was critical to:
- 1. Understanding your Current Costs in Detail
- 2. Understand your Tier 2 Supply Chain in Detail
- 3. Start By Identifying Alternative Supply Choices
- 4. Then Build Alternative Cost Models Around those Alternative Supply Choices
5. Re-Evaluate on Every Tariff Change
But this is not always enough. What if the majority of the rare earth metal comes from China and the cost is insurmountable for your business? You also need to:
6. Start looking at alternative designs that eliminate dependence on a single country.
You can’t be dependent on China, the EU, or any other locale that Trump is targeting. Costs could go through the roof.
Also, you can’t be dependent on certain transportation methods. If diesel costs go through the roof, long haul shipping is going to get considerably more expensive. It may actually be cheaper to do short-haul trucking from Mexico or Brazil if you’re selling in the US because you know that the US may subsidize your industry in other ways (with lower taxes or rebates for buying / shipping at home). Thus, you also need to
7. Start looking aggressively at near-shoring.
SI has been telling you for years that sometimes the best cost county sourcing is home country sourcing, and when that’s not viable, near-shore sourcing is becoming a better option again. Find alternative suppliers closer to home, just in case!
And, you better make sure their supply chains are secure.
8. Weed out near-shore suppliers that are actually getting most of their materials or doing most of their production remotely.
Remember, the entire point of trying to bring production closer to home to ensure affordable supply is to actually bring production back, not just source from a supplier that is just an intermediary that outsources on your behalf. That actually adds more time, risk, and cost to the supply chain.
Is this everything you can do? No, but it’s progress.