Posts Tagged ‘products’

CEO

January 23, 2013

I watched a brief video on Marketwatch.com that produced many reactions from me. My first reaction was disgust coupled with anger. In the video, the CEO of Lever Style is interviewed and states that he is moving manufacturing of their products from China to places like India, Cambodia and Vietnam because the increased wages in China have made it more expensive for his company to produce their products in China.

After my initial reaction, my next thought was surprise. This was the very first time since I started my crusade that I was not happy to hear a company’s manufacturing was being moved from China. Lastly, I thought this CEO has the right to save money and create more profit for his company yet we as consumers also have the right to never purchase any of his company’s products.

This is not to say I think this CEO is a terrible person. For all I know he could be a giving person, a wonderful father, brother or son but his business model is not one I choose to support. He clearly values profit over providing decent wages for his workers. Whereas many companies are creating terrific good will by returning their manufacturing from China to the US, he is going one step ahead in the opposite direction. He is moving production of his products from China, a country where workers are poorly paid to countries where workers are paid even worse. He does not value his workers enough to pay them well and certainly has no desire for American workers. Very well, I never had interest or desire for any of his products and I probably never will.

Check out the interview here:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/made-in-the-usa-gets-hot-again-2013-01-22-121071124

Let me know what you think!

Want to vs Have to

April 17, 2012

Every day I am reading more articles about the resurgence of Made In USA products. I am happy and excited about this but I’m am also aware of the issues that may arise. One of the issues I’m concerned about about is desire for Made In USA products will become more of a demand and expectation which would then lead to unnecessary legislation.

Unfortunately, this has already happened. A law was passed today which made it illegal for national parks to sell items and memorabilia not Made In the USA. Although the intent of the law is good and positive, its execution was not. I can only imagine if a few years ago, it would have been illegal for all businesses to make any of their products in the USA. Business owners would be infuriated and rightfully so. Although I am all for expanding the popularity of Made In USA (MIUSA) products, I don’t believe it should be demanded or legislated. Fans of the MIUSA movement are motivated because they want to enjoy the great quality of MIUSA products, they don’t have to be forced to do it by their legislators. Nevertheless, I’m delighted to see so many people care about the top quality products that can only be Made in the USA!!