How do you discern between goods obtained from overseas manufacturing and those produced domestically?
Does it matter where something was made?
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With the global sourcing of everything from services (like computer programming) to hard goods (like smartphones), regardless of the company or brand that brings it to you, it is difficult to tell whether the product you order is actually made on domestic soil. Software companies like Apple and Microsoft have many offshore facilities full of programmers for their apps. Many companies assumed to be domestic manufactures are actually just companies engaged in global manufacturing and their computers or smart phones etc. are actually made overseas. Others are outsourcers that do not have their own factory (some don’t even have their own staff). Everything can be and is outsourced. Manufacturing companies, and others, look internationally to leverage foreign offices and factories that serve an integral purpose with lower costs.
In some cases domestic companies consider their global manufacturing counterparts to be part of the main company because they’re so important to the business and there’s an ongoing relationship, as in contract manufacturing.
One company cannot be all things; each has a specialty. The production of a new part or product may not be that specialty, either for financial reasons, equipment reasons, manpower reasons, quality control reasons, or any other reason. Often they must seek an outside partnership in order to produce what is needed economically and with high quality. Global sourcing is the solution.