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The Hazardous Bangladeshi Leather Trade

by Matthew Milasius on 9 Apr 2017 | 0 Comments
This week on Best in Manufacturing, learn about hazardous conditions in the Bangladeshi leather trade, increased robotics spending in China, smart factories, reducing down time with robots and light-guiding cobots!

Topics: Best in Manufacturing, Social Compliance, Internet of Things (IoT)

The Toxic Conditions Slowly Killing the Chinese Workers that Make Your Products

by Matthew Milasius on 2 Apr 2017 | 0 Comments
This week on Best in Manufacturing, learn about toxic conditions in Chinese factories, the Augmented Age, growth in secondary cities, avoiding negotiating mishaps in China and challenges for South Korean manufacturing!

Topics: Best in Manufacturing, Social Compliance, Working with Factories

The Scale of Chinese Labor Unrest

by Matthew Milasius on 26 Feb 2017 | 0 Comments
This week on Best in Manufacturing, learn about labor unrest in China, using drones for maintenance, IIoT in the packaging industry, manufacturing technology trends, and prospects for doing business in Thailand in 2017!

Topics: Best in Manufacturing, Social Compliance, Internet of Things (IoT), Process Improvement

China’s Awful Manufacturing Safety Record

by Matthew Milasius on 1 Jan 2017 | 0 Comments
This week on Best in Manufacturing, learn about China’s awful manufacturing safety record, a new packaging system, solar energy’s affordability, Chinese lessons about globalization and stopping China counterfeits!

Topics: Best in Manufacturing, Social Compliance, Globalization

How Importers Meet Walmart Ethical Sourcing Standards

by Oliver Knack on 28 Jul 2016 | 0 Comments
Supplying to Walmart is a major accomplishment. But what can quickly end that relationship is a factory in your supply chain that earns three orange ratings within a certain time frame or one red one from Walmart's audit team. By meeting Walmart's ethical sourcing standards, you can avoid this nightmare situation and keep business going smoothly.

Topics: Social Compliance

Social Insurance Violations in Chinese Factories

by George Huang on 14 Mar 2016 | 0 Comments
Sometimes you are lucky and find what seems to be a perfect Chinese factory. Their prices are reasonable and you haven't noticed any defects - at least not yet. While everything might appear fine on the surface, a recurring (and usually hidden) issue that plagues factories in China is social insurance violations. This problem might not seem significant at first, but it could be a red flag to your clients' social compliance programs and signify other problems with the supplier you are trying to work with.

Topics: Social Compliance

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

How Effective are Worker Interviews During a Social Compliance Audit?

by Vicky Yu on 11 Jan 2016 | 0 Comments
Worker interviews during a social compliance audit remain an important aspect of investigating if your supplier is compliant with international or brand/retailer standards. An auditor will ask questions about working hours, wages and conditions to uncover whether or not local laws or standards are being violated at the factory. But it’s important to understand that the efforts of worker interviewers can be thwarted by factory management. Still, a social compliance audit remains one of the best ways to investigate your supplier.

Topics: Social Compliance

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