Research on Outsourcing Trends in Manufacturing

October 20, 2016


Manufacturing Connector Lisa Anderson initiates research study to better understand the outsourcing, nearsourcing and insourcing trends and how these practices impact manufacturers’ and distributors’ strategies.

LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson Conducts Research on Outsourcing Trends in Manufacturing

Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, is launching a third industry research study to help manufacturers, distributors and supply chain executives identify, understand and anticipate the trends in outsourcing, nearsouring and insourcing.  On the heels of the recession and an earlier trend by business to outsource, many businesses have jumped on the outsourcing bandwagon only to reverse course and bring all or some of their production back in-house. Later hybrids of insourcing and nearsourcing have helped companies maximize total value and more effectively meet customer demand. The study will look at national trends and have a subset of Southern California business activities.

“It is our goal to be on the leading edge of trends impacting manufacturers and distributors so that we can recommend strategies to not only remain competitive but to thrive in today’s era of volatility,” explains Anderson. “Following on two of the most vital ingredients for success of any company – employees and customers – reflected in our Skills Gap research and Amazon Effect studies, we wanted to turn our attention to a topic receiving global attention that greatly impacts both employees and customers — outsourcing, nearsourcing and insourcing. I saw many executives follow the popular wave of outsourcing with short-sighted decisions to outsource key products because they thought they would save significant labor costs and be congratulated by corporate, Boards and the like, only to find out it wasn’t as easy or successful as they thought. Not only did they consume all sorts of resources in trying to manage the process, they also extended lead times, created disgruntled customers and often-times, stockpiled inventory. With the emergence of some of the newer, hybrid versions of nearsourcing and insourcing and with the rise of the customer in today’s Amazon-impacted and high-tech, automated world, I think it will be fascinating to see what can and should be reversed and what innovations can be developed to support this “what makes sense” strategy of positioning inventory close to the customer.”

Capitalizing on her over 25 years of experience advising manufacturers and distributors on supply chain, operations, ERP and SIOP, Anderson continually provides data that helps manufacturers and distributors focus in on which people, process and system improvements are essential to preparing their supply chains to create a sustainable advantage.

Qualified participants in manufacturing and distribution are welcome to complete the survey.  The complete Outsource, Nearsource and Insource report will be available in 2017. To receive the free report when it is available, register here to automatically be sent a copy.

For information about Lisa Anderson, go to or call 909.630.3943.


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