As Planet Magpie puts it:
Buying IT hardware made offshore contributes to America’s economic stagnation, causes higher levels of pollution, supports unfair labor practices, and can pose risks to your network security. Depending on which manufacturer makes your computers – and where it’s done – you could end up with:
The reason knowing the location matters is because, depending on where a computer is manufactured, the hardware can expose you to several serious risks. Using American-made hardware almost completely avoids these risks, and you can support local industries at the same time.Beyond the risks of offshoring as discussed in Planet Magpie, customers and manufacturers in the IT hardware and computer industries are finding that the benefits of reshoring cover a broad spectrum of TCO costs:
- Data security risk*
- Green considerations
- Freight cost
- Lead Time
- Social/ethical concerns
- Skilled workforce availability/training
What Planet Magpie looks at as risks, we prefer to see as costs: costs that can be significantly reduced or avoided altogether by reshoring IT hardware production to the U.S.
* Not included in TCO calculation.