Carl Pope lays out with eye-opening clarity one dire result of globalization on the future of American business.
The problem is not China. The problem is a business model in which companies outsource manufacturing under short-term, low-cost contracts to the firm that will follow their design standards most cheaply. All that is really Fisher-Price about Dora the Explorer is the design--the product itself is made in a factory over which the company has almost no control. It doesn't manage the working conditions, environmental standards, or safety practices. As a result, it no longer controls the product itself.The race-to-the-bottom business model, where relationships are brief and uncommitted, is suicide in the long term. Once brand value is depreciated by inevitable product safety scandals, why would a domestic company be any more trustworthy than a foreign one?
Bleeding your brand is just another form of living off your assets. What will we do when everything is gone? Sell our souls? Fat lot they'll bring.