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Sourcing in China

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Sourcing in China – the “world’s factory” — continues to provide an attractive option for manufacturers for this year. This is also the time that retailers are sourcing products in preparation for the busy holiday season. China will remain a target destination for both. Even as its labor costs rise, China’s large and skilled work force and overall business ecosystem are key factors that set it apart as a...

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It’ll Still be “Made in America”

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Follow Email In this Washington Post article, The town that pork built tries to digest Smithfield sale (pun obviously intended) the residents of Smithfield, Virginia (USA) react to news of the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese buyer. Smithfield Foods is the world’s largest pork producer. The Chinese rank 9th (yes only 9th) among the world’s eaters of pork. On May 30th, 2013, the news broke that Smithfield Foods, located in...

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Hangers & Catfish Wars

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 | 2 comments

Follow Email In another example of how our globalized economy makes the concept of U.S. vs. “them” obsolete, recent news broadcasts have announced that it may soon become more expensive to get our clothes dry-cleaned. Why? The cost of steel wire hangers may soon go up. Why? The United States is considering placing increased taxes, known as anti-dumping duties, on wires being imported from China and Vietnam. The bulk of hangers used by...

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Another Look Behind the Label

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email An earlier post discussed the reality behind the proliferation of “Made in China” (or other countries) labels on the goods that we purchase. The product of outsourcing of the manufacturing processes, these labels can nevertheless hide the origin of other often more valuable inputs, such as the design and brand of the product. The post challenged readers to “look behind the label to better understand the real threats to...

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“Made in the World”: What’s Behind the Label?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email The labels on our purchased items that purport to tell us where the products were made are often misleading. They are the result of labeling laws that ignore today’s reality of global supply chains. This is why I find the series on ABC News which challenges its viewers to reject products simply because they do not carry a “Made in America” label so misleading and rather disturbing; it focuses people’s attentions on the...

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