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The Supply-Chain Decoupling Quandary

The global tech industry is supposed to re-imagine its supply-chain models in pursuit of “decoupling” the economy. How, exactly, does this represent an improvement?
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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake?
The idea of “on-shoring” or “near-shoring” is gaining traction among supply-chain practitioners in the face of stringent government policies. Policy makers have become more inclined to define specific industries and technologies as nationally sensitive, imposing limits on cross-border goods and capital flows. At stake is how quickly a global company like Apple, author of an impeccable global supply chain, can change course.

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