Nor are these higher costs endemic just to the tech sector. As far back as 2010, handbag maker Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) began looking to Vietnam and India as home for its manufacturing to reduce costs, and others are combing Malaysia, Thailand, and elsewhere for cheap ports of call. Though its robust infrastructure that supports its larger labor pool has set China apart from its neighbors, in time that will level out and put its rivals on a more equal footing.
Still manufacturing jobs are being relocated to the U.S. In recent years General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) have made such shifts, and French airplane maker Airbus opened a plant in Alabama last year. The depressed economy here and its sluggish recovery has made the U.S. more attractive to manufacturers as median household income has continued to fall since the recession supposedly ended.
In short, though, the success of the Moto X won’t stand on whether it was made in Texas or China (as the Nexus Q attests), but whether the technology resonates with consumers. It’s up to consumers now whether they’ll respond to the smartphone’s features, but at least Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) can say it’s got the cost side of the equation down. And that’s something worth hanging the bunting for and waving the flag over.
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Fool contributor Rich Duprey owns shares of General Electric. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Apple, Coach, and Google. It owns shares of General Electric and Qualcomm.
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