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Rosemary Coates - Blue Silk Consulting. Los Gatos, CA, US

Rosemary Coates

President | Blue Silk Consulting


Reshoring: It's Time to Bring Manufacturing Back from China



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Ms. Coates is a high-energy, entertaining and highly sought global speaker and consultant. She is the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a seasoned executive with an MBA, 25 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Systems Consulting.

Ms. Coates has consulted with global and domestic clients, VCs and PE firms on operations 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, Software, Chemicals, Automotive, Consumer Products, Industrial Products, Food Distribution, Transportation, Publishing, Retail, Oil and Gas.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in China. She has authored an Top Seller book: "42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China," "Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers" and "42 Rules for Superior Field Service."

Industry Expertise (10)


Logistics and Supply Chain

Import and Export



Consumer Electronics

International Trade and Development


Management Consulting


Areas of Expertise (5)

High Performance Field Service

The Art and Science of Business Negotaitions

Expert Witnessing

Reshoring: How and Why to Bring Manufacturing Back to the Us

Building High Performance Teams

Accomplishments (3)

Consultant to Manufacturers for 25 years (professional)


Ms. Coates has been a Global Supply Chain consultant for over 25 years, helping companies with their manufacturing strategies. Now she is helping companies Reshore. Ms. Coates has helped over 80 global clients with their business strategies

Author (professional)


Ms. Coates is the Author of 3 business books, including a Best Seller on

Licensed US Customs Broker (Homeland Security) (professional)


Ms. Coates is licensed to assist in commercial importing

Education (2)

Arizona State University: Bachelor of Science, Business Logistics 1979

University of San Diego: MBA, Finance and Statistics 1989

Affiliations (6)

  • Thompson-Reuters Experts
  • Asia-America Management Association
  • ISM
  • The Service Council
  • University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute

Testimonials (4)

Tex Texin, CEO | XenCraft

I have heard Rosemary Coates speak several times. She is always entertaining and keeps the audience engaged. Her talks are very informative

Joel Sutherland, Managing Director | University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute

Rosemary is a popular speaker and contributor to the Supply Chain Management Institute events. She is always high-energy, entertaining and educational, and always receives excellent speaker reviews

Greg Stein, Managing Director | SanDisk

"When does 1+1 = thousands of great insights and best practices? The answer is in “42 Rules”. The superb collaboration of two Field Service experts with contributions from their considerable network of experts has produced a definitive guidebook on on how to deliver what Customers want and competitors overlook. Keep this book close by as you’ll want to reference it often.""

Brian Dietmeyer, CEO | Think Inc! and 5600 Blue

Rosemary is not only the consummate professional and uber smart, she is a really good person who I trust and admire. She has a work ethic that is second to very few and has a drive to do world class work in anything she touches!

Media Appearances (4)

Voice of America: US Experts See Growing Desire to Curb Outsourcing to China

Voice of America Broadcasting  tv


Building the case for bringing manufacturing back to the US

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Production Costs in China

NPR  radio


The price of producing in China vs the US

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Reshoring Manufacturing to the US

DDTV Silicon Valley  tv


The decision to Reshore

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Sourcing and Manufacturing in China

Marketing Talks Radio  radio


Best Selling author, Rosemary Coates, discusses doing business in China

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Event Appearances (10)

China Sourcing Workshops

Global Supply Chain University  Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Diego, NYC, Shanghai


Reshoring: Bring Manufacturing Back

Supply Chain Management Institute  University of San Diego

Global Manufacturing Strategy

Graduate School of Business  Claremont College

The Rise of Chinese Consumerism

Bloomberg Conference on Private Equity in China   New York City

Keynote: Survival Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China

Supply Chain Management Institute  University of San Diego

Reshoring America

DingDing TV Innovation Series  Silicon Valley, CA


Your Career in Global Business

Management Speaker Series  Arizona State University


China Sourcing - What You Need To Know

IEEE Conference  IEEE Silicon Valley


What You Need to Know About China

Financial Leaders Seminar - UHY  Atlanta, GA


Reshoring - Building Enthusiasm for Bringing Manufacturing Back

Supply Chain Management Institute Fall Forum  University of San Diego


Sample Talks (2)

Cowabunga! It's Time to Bring Manufactuting Back

Cowabunga! was a term invented by the writer of The Howdy Doody Show, a children's TV show that ran in the USA from 1947 until 1956. It expresses a spirit of wonder and enthusiasm…just what is needed to bring manufacturing back to the US. Beyond the cost comparisons of the rush to reshore, companies need to consider product innovation to take advantage of evolving markets, automation to make products cost-effective, and localization to make these products attractive to the US consumer. Ms. Coat

Silicon Valley Mixer: Reshoring



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


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