What Paintbrush Makers Know About How to Beat China

In an article for the New York Times, Adam Davidson looks at two U.S. paintbrush makers and the strategies they’ve used to stay competitive as Chinese manufacturers offer products for a considerably lower price:...

Does U.S. Olympic Uniform Hoopla Miss the Point?

Despite the raucous raised by U.S. politicians over the revelation that America’s Olympic uniforms are made in China, The Wall Street Journal’s John Bussey asks: Who Cares? Election seasons often bend sensibility,...

Pollution In Fashion and Under Rugs

Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...

China’s Outsourcing Appeal Dimming

The Washington Post writes that some manufacturers may be taking a step back from the global economy as concern grows over rising gas prices and other economic difficulties: Soaring energy costs, the falling dollar and inflation...

Clothes Made Abroad Create Factory Jobs in L.A. for Mr. Fix-it – WSJ

Want a story about how Chinese cheap labor can contribute to job creation in the US? Read on, yesterday’s page one from the Wall Street Journal, about how dirty-cheap apparel industry overseas, including in China, is shipping a lot of defective or counterfeit goods here that need to be fixed to enter US borders or […]

Chinese virtual miners – Terra Nova

From Terra Nova (via Virtual China) (link): Ge Jin, a PhD student from UCSD, is making a video documentary of the gold farming phenomenon. The documentary preview shows some of his interviews with Chinese workers in various gold farming workshops. In our conversations over email, he has brought up some interesting points based on his […]

Ed Frauenheim: Will China dominate outsourcing’s future?

From CNET News: After a run of stunning good fortune, India’s tech community finds itself dealing with a looming challenge from a flourishing Chinese economy. Just as American companies saw jobs disappear to less-expensive venues in India, China has begun to figure as an alternative for the practice of shipping tech tasks offshore… CNET News.com […]

China to be world’s top outsourcing destination

From Financial Express (India): Three-quarters of US companies outsourced some or all of their information technology activities in 2004. And that percentage is likely to increase this year, according to a special survey on outsourcing and offshoring, the Global Outsourcing Report, released by Horasis and Going Global Ventures said. While a smaller percentage of companies […]

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