Archive for the ‘From the Factory Floor’ Category

Pet Food Safety in China. Where Failed Systems Kill

Friday, August 24, 2012 6:39 No Comments

It is a rare find when a single issue/ story can be the string that ties together so many of my recent posts, but the recent NBC news article China stiff-arms FDA on jerky pet treat testing, reports show has managed to tie together three separate posts on quality “fade”, food safety, and transparency The […]

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It’s Not “Quality Fade”. It’s Oversight Fade. It’s Not “Poorly Made”. It’s Poorly Managed

Monday, August 20, 2012 9:40 1 Comment

In response to the recent news that two Chinese automakers were recalling cars exported to Australia for a quality failure (asbestos in car seat foam), Michael Dunne wrote the follow up post on China Realtime Chinese Asbestos in Australia? Blame ‘Quality Fade’ where he offers two possibilities for how the “failure” occurred: First, were they […]

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Is BYD Bombed Out?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:57 1 Comment

With the recent news that several of BYD’s largest shareholders have been dumping their shares in the market, speculation about BYD’s future were reignited once again. Data from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange show that 53.77 million shares, or 2.3% of BYD’s total outstanding stock, had been sold through the exchange’s block trading system at prices […]

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Food. The Reason Some Are Looking to Leave China

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 7:37 4 Comments

Speak to anyone who had a child while they were in China, and one of the first issues that comes up is food safety. Beyond air pollution, there is no topic that (in general) I have more discussions about… and more often than not I am being asked what I eat and where do I […]

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Is it Possible to Have an Honest Trade Debate?

Saturday, April 28, 2012 23:34 2 Comments

If there is one thing that has provided me with a consistent irritant, it is the way in which the US-China trade issues can be politicized on the US side, and in a way that offers absolutely no benefit to the US manufacturing sector (or those who have lost their jobs to offshoring). It is […]

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The Risks Of Outsourcing

Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:56 2 Comments

For many firms looking to outsource, understanding the risks of their decisions can be a difficult process, and there are more than enough firms who have found themselves in the news lately for a failure in their outsourced supply chain. Failures that lead to a product recall Failures that had a negative impact on the […]

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Survey: What Americans Think Of China

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:57 1 Comment

Last month, GALLUP and China Daily (US Edition) asked 250 opinion leaders and 2007 Average American Joes about their thoughts on China, and while I am a month behind , I found the (released) data quite interesting. Released through two separate articles on China Daily, Americans Split on Whether China’s Economy Is Good for […]

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If The US Wants to Reshore Manufacturing Jobs, It May Want to Start Acting Like it.

Monday, February 6, 2012 4:02 2 Comments

Research anything related to China and US jobs, and you are bound to come across some heated posts about China… and some celebrities punting “MAde in America”.. i.e. buy American brands, but not necessarily American manufacturing (i.e jobs) One of the more entertaining articles I came across called 47 Signs That China Is Absolutely Destroying […]

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