This contributed story by Girish Rishi, Blue Yonder CEO, originally appeared in Chief Executive on Aug. 23, 2021. Excerpts from the story below. To see the full story visit

While our country continues to face exceptional challenges at the hands of the pandemic, extreme adversity is not unique to 2020. In recent years, the impacts of severe global weather events caused by the climate crisis, escalating trade wars and the polarizing political environment have made it plenty difficult for businesses to maintain their footing. This year’s Covid-19 pandemic and America’s overdue awakening on racial injustices have only accelerated the need to support our nation’s frontline industries, essential workforce and underserved communities.

As we look at both societal and business concerns through a seemingly existential lens, one of the many necessary solutions is clear to me—we must return to a “Made in America” approach for essential manufacturing. And I’m not alone. It is encouraging to see the new administration lean into U.S.-based manufacturing, but political rhetoric isn’t enough. Here’s the roadmap to how the public and private sectors can make it happen.