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Could Dell build Precision mobile workstations in the USA?


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Just curious, do you think Dell could build the precision mobile workstation in the USA? 

Right now I believe when you put in an order, the selection of parts is assembled (built) overseas (like almost every other electronic device we buy now) and then shipped to the USA which might take approximately 7 days to ship here, and then shipped to the customer via expedited shipping which might take 2 days.


I wonder how much it would cost to build the final configuration in the USA which I would assume would be assembling the memory modules, ssd, screen, camera, fpr, wwan, etc.  It could shave 7 days off the order time when everything is in stock, which would seem like a major perceived advantage at least to the individual/small business customer who both purchases and receives the laptop -- maybe a corporate buyer wouldn't notice this advantage as much though.


I'm sure with the pandemic Dell has looked at this, but watching my order status, I was just thinking today -- you sure would think there would be an opportunity to assemble laptops in the USA. I think I'd pay an additional $120 for example to shave off that 7 day continental shipping time... but I don't know how much it would cost with the cost of real estate, taxes, etc. in the USA plus the wage gap. I wonder how much time it takes to assemble a dell laptop to the ordered configuration - 10 minutes? 30 minutes? 1 hour? 

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Manufacturing happens in China to save money.  It's cheaper to get all of the components (mostly manufactured in Asia) to one spot in China than to one spot in the U.S..  Labor is cheaper in China as well.


As for saving on shipping time...  Dell doesn't just build systems in China and ship them to the U.S.  They have a worldwide customer base.  Lots of users here live in Europe.  I don't see them saving money by either opening a second factory just for North America customers, or making the U.S. their primary build location and shipping from there to the rest of the world.


I just wish they'd expose the freight tracking data so that you can tell what's going on with the system while it makes its way from China.  They have it, I've seen a number of Reddit users who successfully obtained the DHL Air Freight tracking number from a Dell rep and were able to follow their system over.

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