Last week, we had a little fourth birthday party for my son. I just couldn’t turn off my sourcing curiosity and decided to compile some statistics on the origin of his new gifts.

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Out of the 26 packages he received, 19 bore the label “Made In China.” That’s 73 percent!

And these items weren’t just typical molded plastic toys. There were puzzles and books with the China label, too.

Not included in the calculation was a $5 bill.

I did some more lead testing, including on some of his new Hot Wheels cars made in China (some of his new Hot Wheels were made in Malaysia, too). After this additional testing, I felt better that there actually is lead-free paint on China-made toys.

But, from what I understand, Santa is still contemplating avoiding gift makers who outsource manufacturing to China.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President and Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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