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Why Supply Chain Professionals Should Vote

Take some time to study the issues that matter to you, identify the candidates that support your thinking, and most important of all, VOTE on November 6.

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We know it’s our civic duty to vote. The mid-term elections often change the nature and direction of the Congress. But there are big issues beyond duty and change that affect our jobs as supply chain professionals and we need to have a voice through voting.

If you are a part of a global supply chain business, you probably have an opinion one way or another about global tariffs and trade wars. Perhaps you believe that applying tariffs to U.S. imports will help address global IP theft, currency manipulation, and foreign government subsidies. Or perhaps you believe that tariffs simply add cost to supply chains, but no value. Either way, it is important for you to vote for candidates who support your point of view and will advance the ideas you think are important.

If you are involved with trucking or rail transport in the U.S., you may want to vote for candidates who will push for infrastructure funding to repair our nation’s highways, railways and ports. Or perhaps you believe in the development of private tollways built and maintained by private industry. Do you know where the candidates in your state and district stand on these issues?

If your company or department, like so many in the U.S., is struggling to find qualified workers to fill positions, perhaps you should support politicians who advocate for training and apprenticeship programs or free community college tuition.  Do you know where your state and district candidates’ position is on these issues?

Are you investing in automation as a result of tax cuts or reduced environmental restrictions? Then you should support candidates pushing for legislative changes in these areas. Or perhaps you believe that global warming is a real thing, and we need more focus on the environment, not less.  What do your state and district candidates have to say about these issues? Do they support your point of view?

The political and legal environment within which we live and work, has a direct effect on our supply chain lives. We need to elect politicians who support our point of view and what we believe is in our best interest.  As supply chain professionals, we see the effects of legislation, funding, and policies every day in our supply chain operations.

Voting is the way we take a stand and have a voice into what matters to us as individuals and to our employers, suppliers, and customers. 

Take some time to study the issues that matter to you, identify the candidates that support your thinking, and most important of all, VOTE on November 6.

More information on registering to vote can be found here.


About the Author

Rosemary Coates
Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a best-selling author of: 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and Legal Blacksmith - How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes. Ms. Coates lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with over 80 clients worldwide. She is also an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters. She is passionate about Reshoring.

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