3 tips When Looking into Overseas Manufacturing?

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3 tips When Looking into Overseas Manufacturing?

Interesting article if you are considering overseas manufacturing.

Article: Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner on the No. 1 Mistake to Avoid When Manufacturing Your Product Overseas

lori-greiner-manufacturing image by Logan Alexander

image by Logan Alexander Source: Entrepreneur.com

There have been multiple stories the last few years of when things go wrong with overseas manufacturing. In this article, Lori Greiner of Shark Tank suggests using audit services such as Bureau Veritas, Intertek and SGS Group.

The company that you choose to manufacture your products represents your brand. Consider the following:

  • Are they using safe materials?
  • Are their working conditions safe?
  • Are their employees being treated ethically and paid fair wages?

A few years ago, I was working for a kitchen and bath design company. One of the cabinet companies attempted to persuade me to use cabinets manufactured overseas. At the time, they could not address my concerns on the products used in the manufacture of the particle board. This was during the time when there were massive lawsuits going on in Florida over unsafe drywall. Environmental regulations are not as stringent in some countries which contributes to them being able to manufacture products at a lower cost. Think of the product recalls you have seen for lead based paint in products for children, recalled dog food products that originated overseas. For more information: Chinese Drywall Lawsuits

In 2013, Western clothing retailers faced questions over the link between cheap fashion and worker safety in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza disaster, which killed 1,129 people in Bangladesh.  The Guardian., Huffington Post

There are considerations beyond cost. Reach out to the resources who can help you.

Be safe, be profitable, and act in integrity…


About the Author:

Yvonne Bryant is CEO and owner of consulting firms (2014) Yvonne Bryant International llc and (2012) Motus Design Group llc. She started her first business, database development and data entry services for international non-profits, over 20 years ago. As CEO of Yvonne Bryant International llc, Yvonne is on a mission to help creative entrepreneurs and experts build and grow profitable businesses. She works with them to improve productivity (your backend systems, processes, marketing, time management, work/life balance), products (your products and services), profits (your pricing strategies and overall business plan), and presence (your leadership and communication skills). She is the 2011-2012 District 26 Toastmaster of the Year for Leadership Excellence and Service for Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska. She has established two Leadership Institutes in Western Colorado. Yvonne is a Certified Small Business Consultant with the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network and she holds a certificate in E-Business. She is in the process of completing her Executive Coaching Certificate with the Center for Executive Coaching. In her free time, Yvonne volunteers in her community as Vice-Chair on the Dillon Planning & Zoning Commission. She enjoys spending time with her husband Evan and their yellow lab Cheyenne hiking in the Mountains of Colorado and riding dirt bikes.

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