Bill Leber, a business development manager with Swisslog, says that companies haven't done a lot of aggressive expansion, which has left many with cash on their balance sheets. Wall Street Journal supposes that companies hope to gain more control over materials, manufacturing and distribution through vertical integration. In Bill's opinion, companies who choose to outsource distribution and logistics are giving up more than they think, including control. Relying on third party performance, he warns, can put companies at a strategic disadvantage to their competitors.
Companies haven't done a lot of aggressive expansion, he added, which has left many with cash on their balance sheets, so they are looking at what they are going to do with that cash moving forward. Bill is seeing a trend toward companies investing in "their sphere" to improve competitiveness, which is exactly what Swisslog does -- help companies invest in their distribution facilities to improve their supply chain. In Bills words, "Our company specializes in material handling, automation, and software systems that optimize warehouses, distribution centers, order fulfillment centers and those sorts of facilities."
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