Rosemary Coates, Executive Director

SCMR Contributor and Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, Blue Silk Consulting
Phone 408 605-8867
Email [email protected]


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 five supply chain management books including: 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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Latest from Rosemary

Why did my Amazon order arrive in a giant box?

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
Sustainability should be on every supply chain professional’s agenda and should include programs for suppliers, transportation, site location, warehousing, contract manufacturing, and packaging.

Frictionless Videocast: Selecting A New Manufacturing Site

Thursday, May 23, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
Listen as Anne Dempsey, Executive Vice President at Colliers, and Rosemary Coates, Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, discuss the process for selecting a new site for manufacturing and data centers, among other uses.

Frictionless Videocast: AI and Digital Supply Chains with SAP’s Darcy MacClaren

Thursday, May 2, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
Listen as Darcy MacClaren, Chief Revenue Officer, SAP Digital Supply Chain, and Rosemary Coates, Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, discuss the importance of AI in software deployment.

Frictionless Videocast: The Importance of Water at the U.S./Mexico Border

Monday, April 15, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
Listen as Dr. Maria Elena Giner, Commissioner of the US International Boundary and Water Commission, and Rosemary Coates, Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, discuss the importance of water at the U.S./Mexico border.

How one small part held up shipments of thousands of autos

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
The recent case of thousands of autos being denied entry to the U.S. over concerns of forced labor used by a sub-assembly supplier illustrates the need to improve scrutiny of the supply chain.

This Supply Chain Year Will Be Dependent on Politics

Friday, February 23, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
Politics seems to be on everyone’s mind in this election year and the effects on supply chains are becoming evident in every aspect of our work.

Foxconn’s Tijuana Manufacturing Operation Shows the Nearshoring Possibilities

Thursday, February 1, 2024 · Rosemary Coates
Reshoring Institute Executive Director Rosemary Coates got a first-hand look at Foxconn’s Tijuana manufacturing site and saw what is possible when companies invest in nearshoring.

The Astonishing Port of Laredo

Friday, October 27, 2023 · Rosemary Coates
The expected continued growth in cross-border commerce with Mexico is likely to attract new investment all along the border. The nearshoring activity to Mexico and reshoring to the U.S. will continue for years to come.

A Manufacturing Supercycle Has Begun

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 · Rosemary Coates
Thanks to a trio of bills passed in the past few years, investment in U.S. manufacturing is at all-time highs, and that means the economy could be poised to take off again.

When Reshoring Projects Fail

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 · Rosemary Coates
The temptation to reshore manufacturing is growing, but there are pitfalls that can derail a project if proper planning is not part of the process.

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