American manufacturing companies have a spring in their step

Economist | February 07, 2019

A drive along the narrow county roads of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, used to be a sleepy affair. You would spot a pumpkin farm, the odd homestead, and red barn. But a recent visit revealed a cacophonous building site: a factory is emerging in this corner of the Midwest. Where chicken coops once stood, Foxconn, a Taiwanese contract-manufacturing giant best-known for assembling iPhones, has arrived.
When in 2017 the firm announced plans to build a massive factory for high-end televisions, many cheered, not least President Donald Trump, who came for last year’s groundbreaking ceremony. Electronics manufacturers had long ago abandoned America for cheaper countries, especially China, so the investment seemed to mark a reversal.

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As manufacturing companies cope with pressures of competitive pricing and providing differentiated products with new features and functionalities, warranty excellence has become a key competitive advantage. It is becoming increasingly important for organizations to invest in solutions that help streamline operational warranty and use analytics to improve product quality. This paper emphasizes the importance of streamlining and improving the operational warranty process to provide superior cost-benefit and increase customer experience and satisfaction.

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