Column: Blame U.S. for outsourced jobs
Does U.S. President Barrack Obama really care about job losses as much as he does in this video?
Maybe not. I ran across an interesting column in The Bellingham Herald last month, and I thought I’d share it with you here.
The piece takes a long look at how the United States (and the government, in particular) is contributing to the worldwide outsourcing trend, and that if U.S. workers want to blame somebody for the problems, the finger should be pointed at the government, and not at the huge multinational companies.
That’s an interesting take, considering most gripes are aimed directly at these huge multinational companies for taking their jobs overseas. According to author Alan Tonelson, getting the U.S. economy back on track is contingent upon getting the United States’ trade policy on the right path.
According to Tonelson, U.S. trade agreements have focused too much on allowing American corporations to reduce global costs to boost profits, but this has historically shown to only grow U.S. deficits and “their growth-retarding effects.”
Instead, Tonelson proposes the idea that strengthening pending deals with Columbia, Korea and Panama can help keep jobs in the United States and allow for further economic growth.
“Indeed, trade policy can be an especially important U.S. recovery option,” Tonelson writes. “Unlike most alternatives, it can spur private sector growth and employment without worsening budget deficits or consumer indebtedness.
“But accomplishing these goals requires policies that improve the U.S. trade balance, which has been massively in deficit for decades.”
If the deals aren’t tightened, Tonelson argues that these countries will continue to take advantage of America’s need for cheap exports, which would get the United States further away from reaching an ever elusive trade balance.
Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe
Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm.
Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients.
“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”
Who are Blue Horseshoe?
- Founded: 2001
- CEO: Chris Cason
- Employees: 349
- Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
- Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands
Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner.
Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books.
“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”
Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.