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John Niggl

John Niggl

John Niggl comes from Bolton, Massachusetts and has worked in various roles in client services, sales and marketing at InTouch since 2013 to October 2019. He has lived in Shanghai, Jilin City, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
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Recent Posts

The U.S. Ban on Imports Made with Forced Labor

by John Niggl on 29 Feb 2016 | 4 Comments
Your imports made with forced labor cover a multitude of products, ranging from cotton and carpets to seafood and rice. Read on to find out what the ban on forced labor in the U.S. means for your business!

Topics: Social Compliance

Is Your Chocolate Made by Child Slaves?

by John Niggl on 13 Jan 2016 | 0 Comments
Businesses have always tried to cut costs in a competitive market, some employing unethical measures in the process. Three plaintiffs are suing Nestlé, Archer-Daniels-Midland and Cargill claiming they were trafficked from their home in Mali and forced to harvest cocoa beans in Ivory Coast as children without pay. Find out the full story and how you can investigate possible use of forced or child labor in your own supply chain.

Topics: Social Compliance

China’s Pollution: A Story of Imports and Canned Air

by John Niggl on 17 Dec 2015 | 2 Comments
Beijing faced an air quality index of 250, that’s 10 times higher than what the WHO considers “healthy” levels. How has China's pollution come to this?

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

Simple Storage Tank Leak Test in 6 Steps

by John Niggl on 7 Dec 2015 | 4 Comments
The soapy water tank leak test stands alone in its simplicity, low cost, and effectiveness. Make sure leak testing is performed on any imported tanks.

Topics: Special Inspection Tests

What Can Importers Learn from Nestlé’s Supply Chain Mistakes?

by John Niggl on 30 Nov 2015 | 2 Comments
Supply chain negligence can cost you dearly. Importers can learn a lot from the failures of major brands – how to avoid issues with food safety and forced labor and how to correct them. An internal investigation by Nestlé S.A. found slavery in their own supply chain in Thailand, made headlines last week. How does Nestlé’s story stand out as an example for importers of supply chain mistakes? And what lessons can you learn from its telling?

Topics: Social Compliance

3 Must-Do Procedures for Handling Golden Samples for Manufacturing

by John Niggl on 20 Nov 2015 | 0 Comments
Here you’ll learn three best practices for sending the samples you’ve approved for production back to the supplier to prevent issues.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

Essential Dishwasher Testing for Kitchenware

by John Niggl on 17 Nov 2015 | 2 Comments
Whether you are using ceramic, stainless steel, silicone or Pyrex polymer kitchenware, any item that claims to be dishwasher safe should go through the same method of testing during a product inspection before the goods leave the factory. Here you'll learn everything you need to know about dishwasher testing for kitchenware.

Topics: Special Inspection Tests

The Tianjin Explosions - Supply Chain Mismanagement

by John Niggl on 14 Oct 2015 | 1 Comment
How could the Tianjin warehouse explosions on August 12th have been prevented? And what can this tragedy teach us about managing supply chains? This article intends to illuminate, based on what is known, how the Tianjin warehouse explosions could have been prevented – namely through the use of an ISO 9001-type audit.

Topics: Manufacturing Tips & Advice

A Fresh Look at Chinese Factory Conditions

by John Niggl on 21 Jul 2015 | 0 Comments
I wanted to talk to someone relatively new to the manufacturing scene in China to see what his first impressions were of Chinese factory conditions and whether or not his expectations were met. I asked Client Manager George Huang to join me for a similar podcast interview to discuss his viewpoints on the working conditions of the factories in China he visited in recent weeks. Here is what George had to say.

Topics: Social Compliance

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

by John Niggl on 30 Jun 2015 | 0 Comments
If you’re like most savvy manufacturers, you know to watch out for changes in labor laws that could affect you in countries where you have factories, or where you sell your products. Now we want to bring your attention to legislation that could put you at risk as a manufacturer or retailer. The law is called the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. Since taking effect in 2012, this law has forced many manufacturers to be open about their products and supply chains. In this bulletin article, we’ll tell you how to know if you’re affected and what you can do to make sure you’re compliant.

Topics: Social Compliance