Reshoring is a simple concept: bring manufacturing back home. In practice, however, it’s messy. Not only are there real cost drivers for offshoring, but decades of such has shifted the underlying supply chain too. Doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done, there are valid reasons to reshore—decreased inventories, improved cash flow, market agility, risk abatement, IP security—but it is complicated, and may need a multistep or a partial approach.

Zebulon Solutions can help, we’ve done this many times before. We know where the challenges lie, and we’ll tell you honestly if your product isn’t a good candidate.  Call us for a free consultation.

Zebulon Solutions can help you evaluate your existing supply chain, evaluate reshoring options, calculate your total cost of ownership for each option, and help you decide if reshoring makes sense for your company.

Reshoring Case Study

Reshoring Volume Manufacturing

Zebulon Solutions helped a leading manufacturer of intelligent thermostats extract their product family from a Chinese ODM and place it with a North American contract manufacturer. To do this reshoring, we first had to help our customer reconstruct their documentation package, generate a clean BOM, and develop a test plan and an assembly flow. As part of a comprehensive request for quotation (RFQ) exercise, we investigated twenty contract manufacturers around the world, quoted ten and ultimately selected a Tier 2 contract manufacturer with operations in both the US and Mexico. In addition to the CM search, we also helped identify and qualify other key suppliers such as displays and plastics. On the engineering side, we architected, designed and built several unique thermal chambers, which could be controlled by the thermostat being tested. We also provided Design for Manufacturability support at multiple stages of the NPI process.

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