So you want to source your products from China?

May 5th, 2014

Do you have any idea what you are getting yourself in to?

Today’s post is by Ron Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

In a recent article in USA TODAY titled Report: Drywall sickness real by Elizabeth Weise, the subtitle was Chinese Product confirmed culprit.

This author posted on this subject five years ago with the following two posts.

  1.   On May 21st of 2009 I posted.  In Hamlet, Marcellus said “Something’s rotten in Denmark”
  2.   On May 22nd of 2009 I posted. What lessons can be learned from yesterday’s post where we posited that “Something may be rotten in drywall from China”?

In the article by Elizabeth Weise mentioned above she goes on to report  that  Chinese made drywall was installed in more than 20,000 homes mostly in the south since 2005 causing a variety of health related complaints. In fact there have been 5 settlements totaling more than $1B. It is not clear how much of the drywall has been replaced.

So, do you really want to source your products from China? Much larger companies that we will leave unnamed have done so in the past and ended up with the type of results listed above.  At the end of the day, if you have not sourced products off shore, you had better know what you are doing!  Do your research or reach out to a company like SafeSourcing for help!

If you’d like to learn more about how SafeSourcing can help you with your off shore sourcing, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Account Manager.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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