As soon as I logged onto the Internet this morning, two China-sourcing-related stories caught my eye:

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China Toy Boss Kills Self After Recall

Slaves Found In Chinese Brick Factories

One interesting quote from the former article was “Chinese companies often have long supply chains, making it difficult to trace the exact origin of components, chemicals and food additives.”

I’ve seen sourcing teams not exercise enough due diligence in evaluating their prime suppliers in China let alone going downstream to Tier II and Tier III suppliers. Hopefully, all of this bad news is a wakeup call to ensure a satisfactory supplier qualification process, not just in sourcing from China but sourcing period.

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Charles Dominick, SPSM
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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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