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Perhaps not the most exciting headline, but an interesting account of supply chain consultant Bob Ferrari’s interviews with US luggage manufacturer Samsonite. Mr Ferrari has been studying the company’s sourcing strategy for almost 10 years, from its first entry on China’s Pearl River Delta and subsequent flight inland, as well as to Vietnam, in search of cheaper labour and landed costs. The main point is that chief executives and their financial directors should be planning their sourcing with the long term in mind.

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