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Reflecting on the tragedy in Bangladesh: Is it possible to shop with a clear conscience?

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Re-printed with permission from Devorah Miller, owner of Red Thread Designs. Such an important message! On April 24, we all heard about a factory building collapsing in Bangladesh. Dozens of people were declared dead, and it was horrifying to hear about this tragedy unfolding from afar. Photos of the scene showed a garment labelled Joe Fresh, and Canadian consumers suddenly felt they had played a part in this tragic event. Now twelve days later, the death toll tops 600. Terrible grief has come to countless people in Bangladesh, and journalists around the world have grappled with the questions raised –...

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Cheap Isn't Always Best!

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The world was reminded last week that the pursuit of the cheapest goods possible isn’t necessarily a good thing! Hundreds of Bangladesh textile workers died needlessly because their employers forced them to work in a building that was structurally unsound. Even though there were obvious cracks in the walls of the facility and concerns were expressed about the safety of the building 2 days before the horrible tragedy, employees were forced back to work.   Why was this situation allowed? Because the pressure on manufacturers to produce goods at the lowest possible price drove employers to cut corners even though...

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Shortcuts

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The saying, “do it right and do it once” is a motto I live by every day. It applies to both my personal and business life and it has never let me down. It seems as if it’s a rare sentiment these days though and that reality hit me hard this week. While doing some home renovations, our painter discovered that the builder of our home cut corners during construction. Of course, now we are stuck with the cost of un-doing his work and then re-doing it properly. What did the builder gain by these shortcuts? A few dollars? A...

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Bigger Is Not Always Better

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Restaurant takeovers are occurring fast and furiously. Here are two examples: Cara Operations (owner of Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s) bought Prime Restaurants (owner of Casey’s and East Side Mario’s). MTY Food Group recently acquired the Mr. Sub sandwich chain. In summary, the large restaurant chains are taking a greater share of the business away from independents. At the same time, the big chains are getting bigger through acquisitions and further growth. Why should this concern you? Do you really want to have fewer and fewer choices of places to eat? My experience typically shows that when a restaurant is taken...

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Proudly Made In Canada

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The following is an excerpt from an article I recently read in the Wired.com magazine titled, "Made in America: Small Businesses Buck the Offshoring Trend". Although the article is about an American company, it could just as easily apply to my Canadian company, Tail Wags Helmet Covers. If you'd like to read the article in its' entirety, please visit: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/02/ff_madeinamerica. In early 2010, somewhere high above the northern hemisphere, Mark Krywko decided he’d had enough. The CEO of Sleek Audio, a purveyor of high-end earphones, Krywko was flying home to Florida after yet another frustrating visit to Dongguan, China, where...

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