Category Archives: Outsourcing

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…


I came across an article last week in Businessweek that discussed New Balance and the current effort underway by the Obama administration to conclude yet another free-trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with eight Pacific nations, including Vietnam.  Vietnam now ranks fourth among the world’s footwear … Continue reading

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You don’t say!


As I told you a while back, Apple hired the Fair Labor Association to carry out investigations to ensure that their contractor Foxconn runs their plants in a safe and ethical manner.  The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending sweatshop … Continue reading

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Now on deck, Bangladesh!


Over the last week, I have introduced you to a number of great American firms making apparel in this country: Montauk Tackle Company, American Giant and Game Gear.  Yet the production of apparel by firms like this is a pittance when … Continue reading

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Some light reading


One of the best things about writing my book, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back To Work and writing this blog has been the opportunity to read widely on all sorts of views on manufacturing in this country.  … Continue reading

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Virtually none would have been a shorter answer


Over the last nine months, I have discovered loads of great American firms that make great products in America that we can all purchase to support jobs for members of our extended American family.  Just look at the long list of … Continue reading

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Thomas Friedman’s interesting suggestions


Last month Thomas Friedman wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times on a bill in Congress meant to punish China for its alleged currency shenanigans.  Mr. Friedman urged that the bill be pushed forward in order to scare … Continue reading

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What does American made mean to you?


For the last year, I have urging everyone I know to consider buying more products manufactured by members of our extended American family.  I have featured a lot of these products on this blog.  But what does it mean for a … Continue reading

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Will someone please sell me a pair of American soccer shoes?


Soccer plays too much of a role in my life, I admit it.  When Fox started broadcasting their Premier League and Champions League games in HD in September, their arrival was welcomed in the Briggs household with the ardor that … Continue reading

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Flat Man


I read yet another op-ed piece by Thomas Friedman in the Seattle Times this morning.  In it Friedman repeats the idea that has been the subject of several of his books, that national boundaries are increasingly irrelevant to corporations.  He clearly … Continue reading

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