American manufacturing has been on the upswing in recent months, making it more important for carriers to optimize their schedules with route planning software and ensure deliveries and pickups are made on schedule. Whether they're completing long-haul routes or last mile delivery and carrying products to stores, these drivers will soon have more to ship in regard to electronics.
While most tech gadgets are manufactured in Asia, there's been a push to produce more smartphones and computers domestically. With outsourcing costs on the rise, particularly in China, more companies are considering the benefits of building manufacturing facilities in the United States.
More tech companies investing in American manufacturing
Motorola recently announced it will soon begin producing the first smartphone to be manufactured within the U.S. The device, known as the Moto X, will be assembled at a plant in Texas. According to the company's CEO, 70 percent of the phone will be put together at this facility, marking a major shift from the outsourcing traditionally associated with the tech industry.
However, Motorola isn't the only industry leader moving some of its operations back to the U.S. In late 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a plan that would call for the company to begin producing some of its computers in America after it faced serious criticism in light of working conditions in its Chinese plants. Chinese-based company Lenovo also revealed it would begin producing some of its PCs in North Carolina in an effort to create a more flexible supply chain and better meet American consumer demands.
Supply chain management will need to change
As the number of electronic goods made or assembled in the U.S. continues to rise, these companies - and the retailers that sell them - will need to alter their supply chains to better manage orders and move goods across the country to consumers and electronics stores. By scheduling stops with route optimization software, drivers can take the most direct route possible, spend less time on the road and managers can spend fewer hours planning schedules. Such technology can benefit both carriers hauling large shipments across the country, as well as smaller fleets making local last mile deliveries.