Chinese Imports Expert Witness, Chinese Manufacturing Expert Witness, Supply Chain Expert Witness
Rosemary Coates provides consulting, investigations, research and expert witness services in the following areas:
- Chinese Manufacturing
- Counterfeit Imports
- China Products Sourcing
- Global Inventories
- Field Service
- Procurement and Purchasing
- Supply Contracts
- Forecasting and Planning
- Warehousing and Distribution
- Import and Export
- ERP Project Management
Software and Systems
- Project Management
- ERP Systems
- Scope Management
- Runaway Projects
- Breach of Contract
Areas of Expertise
Ms. Coates is the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a global supply chain firm, with specialties in Chinese manufactured products and imports. She is a seasoned executive with an MBA, 20 years experience in Management and Systems Consulting and Sales Management. Prior to Blue Silk Consulting, she was a Senior Director at SAP, a Supply Chain Practice Leader at Answerthink and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard. She is the author of five books about supply chain management.
Ms. Coates has consulted with over 80 global and domestic clients on systems and processes. She has considerable international experience and has worked for extended periods in Asia and Europe. Her experience spans a broad range of industries including High Technology, Chemicals, Health Care, Consumer Products, Industrial Products, Food Distribution, Transportation, Publishing, Retail, Oil & Gas. She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in China.
She has authored five business books including an Amazon.com Best Seller: "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China" and "42 Rules for Superior Field Service" and "Reshoring Guidebook" and "Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers" and "Legal Blacksmith - How To Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes."
All States and worldwide. I have particular expertise in Asia (China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore).
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Ms. Coates has been a global supply chain consultant for 25 years and has worked on projects for over 80 clients. Prior to consulting, Ms. Coates spent 10 years as an executive in the high-tech industry and as an adjunct professor in California colleges where she taught manufacturing, management, and international business.
Her experience has been focused on Supply Chain and software and especially Chinese manufacturing. She has expert knowledge in discrete manufacturing, forecasting and planning, inventory control, warehousing and distribution, transportation, field service and import/export. In addition, she has project and program management experience with software implementations including SAP and Oracle, i2, Manugistics/JDA and many others.
Ms. Coates is a China expert and has authored an Amazon.com Best Seller book "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China" and "42 Rules for Superior Field Service" and "Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers" and "Reshoring Guidebook" and Legal Blacksmith-How To Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes."
Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She teaches "Global Supply Chain Strategies and Architectures" at UC Berkeley. She is on the Board of Directors of the Supply Chain Management Institute at the University of San Diego.
Licensed United States Customs Broker
US Department of Transportation National Executive Reserve
Teaching Credential - California Colleges and Universities
Legal Experience & Services
Rosemary Coates has legal expertise in the following:
- Expert testimony: depositions, at trial and in arbitration
- Export Report writing
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Argument research
- Document review and analysis
- Rebuttal and report preparation
Reshoring Institute - Executive Director
University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute - Board of Directors
Asian-American Management Association
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Institute of Supply Management
China Business Network
Past President of the World Trade Association
Reuter’s Insight, a Community of Experts - Supply Chain
Gerson Lehrman Group Experts - Supply Chain
Seminars & Training
Ms. Coates currently teaches Global Supply Chain Architectures and Strategies at UC Berkeley.
Ms. Coates is a credentialed lifetime instructor for the State of California Colleges and Universities. She has taught courses in Management and Supervision, Manufacturing, International Business and Import and Export Management for over 10 years.
She teaches public workshops on sourcing and manufacturing in China, and on how companies can bring manufacturing back to the US.
Ms. Coates has published and presented at many forums and in print medium, including the following:
- Book: "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China" A Best Seller at www.Amazon.com
- Book" "Legal Blacksmith: How To Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes" www.Amazon.com
- Book: "42 Rules for Superior Field Service" www.Amazon.com
- Book: "Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers" www.Amazon.com
- Book: "Reshoring Guidebook" www.Amazon.com
- Voice of America 2014
- California CEO Manufacturer's Corner, featured interview, 2015
- CEO Magazine, 2014 "How to Ensure Your Reshoring Project Won't Fail"
- "9 Rules for China Logistics" US-China Business Review, May, 2012
- “Why China Isn’t Ready for Lean Manufacturing” – “China Supply Chain Magazine” July, 2010, Shanghai, China
- China Sourcing - Institute of Supply Management, 2010
- China Briefing – IEEE of Silicon Valley, 2010
- Quality Fade in Low-Cost Manufacturing Countries - Lehigh University Press, CVCR Spring, 2010
- What Everyone Needs to Know About Manufacturing in China – Internationalization Engineering Group Cupertino, CA, 2009
Available on Request.
MBA in Finance and Operations Management from the University of San Diego
Bachelor of Science Degree in Logistics from Arizona State University
Articles Published by Blue Silk Consulting
Global Supply Chains in the Wake of Covid-19
To find guidance, we talked with Rosemary Coates, the Executive Director of the California-based Reshoring Institute, a non-profit that provides information, research, and support for companies trying to reshore their manufacturing and services back into the United States. (Full disclosure, Rosemary is also co-author of the supply chain treatise, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes, with SPB partner Sarah Rathke. She is also an expert witness and the President of Blue Silk Consulting.)Read Article
Logistics and Distribution Are More Complicated Than You Think
Global supply chains are complicated and involve relationships between multiple supply chain partners. Each relationship requires some kind of agreement or contract between the parties that is often the source of conflict that result in law suits.Read Article
You need to understand both the what and the how business is conducted in China if your case involves Chinese manufacturing. Its not enough to consider the facts. You must also consider the nuance of context.Read Article
Chinese Contract Manufacturing
Contract Manufacturers for electronics and industrial products provide engineering and manufacturing services to companies that do not want to own and operate their own factories. CMs are experts in manufacturing and can quickly adopt your products into their manufacturing lines. CMs are excellent at assembly and repeatable production and are the kinds of factories you often see in photographs where hundreds of young women are bent over assembly tables.Read Article
Quality Fade in China
Quality Fade is the single biggest issue in Chinese manufacturing. Quality Fade, the process of quality degradation over time, is the single biggest issue in low cost manufacturing countries. It happens frequently in China where manufacturing processes are immature and competitive pricing drives the profits to extremely low levels. It also happens in Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh and other low-cost countries.Read Article