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Could “nearshoring” be a solution to slow supply chains and the labor shortage?

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Many business leaders continue to find themselves challenged by the slow supply chains and the domestic labor shortage. And they’re finding, especially during the pandemic, that offshoring has exacerbated that problem. Which is why our next guest’s software company has decided to delve into the market of “nearshoring”. Mike Switzer interviews Andy Kurtz, CEO of Kopis in Greenville, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.