Inc. Gets My Letter: Manufacturing in China Requires QC Investment

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 11:19
Posted in category From the Factory Floor

In the December issue of Inc, Alex Salkever writes the article Manufacturing in the Middle Kingdom where he follows the roller coaster one buyer rides when sourcing from China.

In response to his article, I wrote the following comment which many of you (my regular readers) will find familiar:

While reading about the toymaker Kridana’s struggles with manufacturers in China [“Manufacturing in the Middle Kingdom,” December], I was surprised that the company didn’t encounter problems sooner. Managing a supplier relationship from another country is impossible. I’m amazed by how many firms are so willing to fly into China, place their order, and then leave, as if their supplier were a McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD).

Outsourcing to China is not just a cost-saving measure. It takes planning, patience, and a constant on-the-ground presence to ensure the integrity of your supply chain.

If there’s one lesson that needs to come out of all the recent product recalls from China, it’s not that Chinese suppliers are inept. It’s that companies need to invest the time and money to secure the integrity of their supply chains, no matter where their suppliers are.

and guess what.  they published this in the February 2008 edition!

Anyway, Inc. is one of my favorite resources for all things business, and I encourage you all to pick up a copy as there are some really interesting articles in this edition (as always).

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2 Responses to “Inc. Gets My Letter: Manufacturing in China Requires QC Investment”

  1. Zixi Yan says:

    February 13th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    what is’toymaker Kridana’s struggles’?

  2. Rich says:

    February 13th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Zixi,

    Kridana was manufacturing toys in China, and was having problems. If you follow the link, then you can see the full story, and why I say I was not surprised.

    R