The era is over. The era of easy, cheap supply chains reaching across the globe seems to have come to an end. The Suez canal blockage was a freak incident. The rolling blackouts in China, rising container prices, delays in shipping, backlog at port entry, aging infrastructure, worker shortages, trucker shortages, and other issues have hit product businesses with a wall of problems.
... and thats OK.
What do we do about supply chain challenges?
We are going to start manufacturing in America. (or should I say restart)
Why is it not that simple?
America lacks the skilled labor and business infrastructure to manufacture at the right level and scale. No enough people with the knowledge and drive exist. Not enough companies exist. The honest truth hurts.
Decades of buying garbage has created demand for products not economically made in the US. If your business sells trash, it is highly probably you can't pay a living wage making that trash in the US.
How do we move forward?
Stop making trash. Make high quality products. If you are an entrepreneur with limited money, find the highest value application and version for your idea. I have sold products for 2X, 10X, and even 100X the normal price by making a high-quality version.