Posts Tagged ‘supply chain management’

Apple’s China Supply Chain Issues Require IMMEDIATE Attention and Action

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 12:46 10 Comments

News of a 25 year old committing suicide at Apple’s primary China supplier (Foxconn) has once again brought to the front burner the difficulties of managing outsourced operations, and the risk to the brand that these arrangements bring when improperly managed. It is a situation that sadly I believe could have been avoided, and that […]

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Imported Chinese Honey. Haven’t We Learned Anything?

Thursday, February 5, 2009 0:39 2 Comments

The summer and fall of 2007 should have been a wake up call for anyone and everyone whose supply chain involved China.  The risks of doing business outside of one’s four walls smacked importing firms across the face as their products failed.  Lead paint barbie, tainted dog food, and others. It was a time when […]

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When Outsourcing is CLEARLY Not in Your Long Term Interests

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 23:03 1 Comment

The scenario is always the same. An executive team is in China assessing the opportunities for China based manufacturing.  they want to meet potential partners, understand the environment, see what the conditions on the ground are, etc. They have heard from others, and seen in the media (blogs inlcuded), that China can save them money… […]

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Painful Merger Legacies: Integrating Supply Chains and Managing Old Relationships

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:14 No Comments

Going along on a topic I have covered quite a bit in the past, responsible sourcing, Ethical Corporation has written a painfully detailed article on Adidas’s recent supply chain woes and how they are handling them. You may remember my post on their labor issues earlier this year, and as you will remember I have […]

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Product Toxicity and China: Insights for Investors

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 10:49 No Comments

Focusing on the difficulties of transparency within the supply chain, Melissa Brown of Association for Responsible and Sustainable Investment in Asia (ASRiA) sat down for an interview covering a lot of the angles surrounding the integrity of supply chains in China. I highly suggest taking your lunch break to watch the 15 minute clip, and […]

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Countries Who Invest in Logistics Compete Better

Thursday, November 22, 2007 5:25 3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I threw out the argument that the potential success of Vietnam was severely limited over the next 5 years because their logistics infrastructure was not in place to support large amounts of FDI… Well, as it turns out the World Bank agrees with me, or at least their recent Logistics […]

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NY Times Study: Americans Are “Open”to “Chinese” Goods

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 10:26 1 Comment

for the last few months, there have been few China related topics discussed more than the 2007 lead tainted toys, and more generally, product safety. Fingers have been pointed, stones thrown, consumer rights in high gear, and Lou Dobbs has gained traction. But thorough all this, many are wondering what the real impact will be. […]

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Where Your Toys are Made.

Sunday, October 21, 2007 20:48 5 Comments

Just stumbled on a interesting collection of pictures on maZm (via China Digital Times) of men and women working in a toy painting factory. In total, there are 25 shots (I have a couple here). As I said before, the average consumer is too disconnected from this process, and I hope readers will pass this […]

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