The team recently had a whiteboarding session in which we compared and contrasted Vietnam and China as sources of manufactured goods.
We have compiled that analysis into a brief narrative as follows:
Vietnam and China are both attractive destinations for companies looking to outsource manufacturing because they offer relatively low labor costs and a large pool of workers. However, there are some differences between the two countries that may make one more attractive than the other for certain types of manufacturing.
One potential advantage of Vietnam over China is that labor costs in Vietnam are generally lower than in China. This means that companies can potentially save money on labor expenses by manufacturing in Vietnam instead of China. Additionally, Vietnam has a number of free trade agreements with other countries, which can make it easier and more cost-effective to export goods from Vietnam.
On the other hand, China has a more developed manufacturing infrastructure and a larger pool of workers with specialized skills. This can make it easier for companies to find the workers they need to produce high-quality goods. Additionally, China has a well-established network of suppliers, which can make it easier for companies to source the materials and components they need for their products.
Overall, the cost of manufacturing in Vietnam and China will depend on a number of factors, including the type of goods being produced, the required level of skill and expertise, and the availability of materials and components. Companies should carefully evaluate the costs and benefits of manufacturing in both countries before making a decision -- and of course, Strategic Sourcing stands ready to help you do this!