Manufacturers are battling price hikes in the wake of changing NAFTA demands and increased tariffs. As the world’s largest steel importer, the U.S. is facing higher production costs due to trading tariffs on steel and aluminum. Since Canada, Mexico and Brazil make up 43% of sourced steel for the U.S., manufacturers will have little choice but to pay the increased costs.
The tariffs make it incredibly difficult for manufacturers to ride the line between keeping costs low and customers happy. And it often falls on operations managers to make sure systems are up and running despite cost fluctuations. But the best operations managers strive to go unnoticed by their customers, as a seamless supply chain process should require little to no attention from them.