The recent revelations surrounding Lumber Liquidators, which faces criminal charges for the alleged presence of the carcinogen formaldehyde in flooring made in China, are only the latest example of serious slip-ups in manufacturing quality control. It's tough enough to police one's overseas suppliers for violations of human rights in the workplace – and even more challenging to detect the use of unauthorized and potentially hazardous ingredients in toys, apparel, home furnishings and consumer electronics. On this episode, we speak with Ron Keith and Mark Medlen, executive chairman and chief operating officer, respectively, of Riverwood Solutions. They discuss the challenge that companies face in monitoring their suppliers' production lines, given the presence of 22 million factories in China alone, and the $40bn worth of goods imported by the U.S. from China each month. And they propose an answer to the question: Why does this keep happening? Hosted by Bob Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain.
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A blog post by Ron Keith on sourcing in China.
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