Do we get quality products from China? When will we and how much will it cost?

September 9th, 2008

I read a really cute blog today at Spend Matters by Jason Busch. The last four or five sentences from the first paragraph were as follows. My wife was wearing a rather trendy looking sun hat that she had purchased at a boutique store in Shanghai (at close to Western prices). Our older son turned to her and asked her where she got it. Lisa blurted out: "in China". Our five-year old responded with a one-liner that had us rolling: "well

I read a really cute blog today at Spend Matters by Jason Busch. The last four or five sentences from the first paragraph were as follows. My wife was wearing a rather trendy looking sun hat that she had purchased at a boutique store in Shanghai (at close to Western prices). Our older son turned to her and asked her where she got it. Lisa blurted out: “in China”. Our five-year old responded with a one-liner that had us rolling: “well, it must not be a good brand.” You should read this blog. It posits that the quality for Chinese products is bound to improve.

I agree with Jason completely but we should also take other issues into consideration such as the total cost of sourcing those products and alternative North American sources of supply which may develop based on the high cost of fuel. I discussed this in two previous posts in more detail.

In the first blog (NAFTA and the High Price of Oil) I discussed an article in which the author discusses the fact that the North American countries could see an increase in production related jobs as a result of rising oil costs that make it to costly to source products from the Asia Pacific region. In the 2nd blog (Does your company source products from China?) Should they?) I discussed important questions that should be asked of your provider that will help to minimize the risks that are commonly associated with the use of long distance global supply chains.
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Please visit Spend Matters regularly as it is one of the best blogs in the space. Plus we can keep up with Jason’s family.

I look forward to your comments.

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