Move some manufacturing back to the US - apply customization in the US to speed up shipping
Here's an idea:
Dell should apply customization options in the US to move some jobs back to the US and to speed up shipping times significantly. So a computer's manufacturing step would look like this:
1. The base barebones computer would be made in China, which includes the case, motherboard, PSU, etc. Basically, all the non-customizable parts should be assembled and put together in China.
2. The barebones computers are shipped to a factory in the US. The factory should keep a large stock of these base barebone computers, and when orders are made by customers they go to the US factory.
3. Customization is applied at the US factory. CPUs, amount of RAM, graphics cards, add on cards, etc. should all be added in the US as specified by the customer, instead of being installed in China.
4. Computer ships from the US factory after customization is complete.
Shipping times would be cut dramatically this way since orders would ship from a US location instead of from the other side of the Earth. When orders are placed, they go to the US factory, which just takes a barebones system from the warehouse and adds everything to it instead of starting everything from scratch. This would also add jobs to the US at a time when they are needed badly.