In a recent case study by Assay Depot, Joe Payne told us of this rule of thumb. “If you need the compound in 3 hours, make it in house; 3 days, near-source it (i.e. outsource it locally); 3 weeks, outsource it including overseas” . However, in the past decade, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about jobs moving overseas. Detractors attacked companies for forsaking local communities in favor of lower labor costs.