What is success? Is it only financial? We don't think so!
So, what is it that we do exactly? We broker (act as agents) trade of products and services around the world. This involves the movement of physical goods (or people) and services across oceans/continents, borders, governments, currencies, etc. We have tried to simplify this process, however, by humanizing it! By putting a face to the 'transaction,' this either via travel or 'virtually.'
Additionally, our business model is unique: We don't charge for services, the customer/client shares costs with all participating. So, the more the merrier! This will cause customers/clients to help put together groups simply because of economics: s/he saves money!
How will we survive without the usual lust for profit? Watch us!
Our goal isn't money, but something else...
THE NEW CAPITALISM: The Ten Commandments:
1. MORE SHARING, LESS PROFIT!
2. TAKING LESS, GIVING MORE!
3. THINKING OF OTHERS, NOT JUST OURSELVES!
4. PRODUCING SOMETHING USEFUL (OF VALUE), RATHER THAN SELLING 'AIR!'
5. RESPECTING NATURE MORE, NOT RAPING THE LAND, MOTHER EARTH!
6. CUSTOMERS PAY FOR QUALITY, RESULTS, NOT MARKETING!
7. CUSTOMERS SERVED BY LIVING PEOPLE, NOT SOFTWARE!
8. LESS MACHINES, MORE PEOPLE WORKING.
9. MORE REAL, LESS VIRTUAL!
10. MORE LOW, RATHER THAN HIGH, TECH!
Of course, this has been suggested before, but no reason to give up on… We have to change, or will become extinct. We can't grow forever!
What can you observe in a Chinese factory?
Posted: September 21, 2012
by Renaud Anjoran
A few days ago, I wrote What questions can you ask a Chinese factory during a visit?
Unfortunately, a factory visit is carefully scripted, and you won't get 100% truthful responses. In other words, the supplier’s salesperson will tell you what she thinks you want to hear.
Here is a list of things that anyone can observe easily when visiting a Chinese factory:
Is the production floor clean? Are products in direct contact with the ground?
Is the office organized? Or do they have papers all over their desks?
Are the workers' toilets clean?
Are there lines on the ground, and nameplates for each department?
Do the workers wear protective equipment (masks, gloves…) when they perform dangerous operations?
Are the operators afraid/nervous when you stop and look at them?
Do the workers perform only 1 simple and repetitive operation, in front of a conveyor belt?
Is production organized in islands (bad) or in line (better)? Is there a lot of work-in-process in the workshop? (You can read about the different types of production organization).
What operations are they performing? If it is only packing, you are wasting your time (the real action is somewhere else).
What other customers do they serve in your country? Have a look at the labels on the packing line, and then at the shipping marks in the cartons warehouse.
Do they agree to show you the latest designs they developed for their other customers? Would they give you quotations for these proprietary designs?
Does the showroom contain branded items? If some designs were developed for a specific customer, would they accept to make them for you too?
To finish on a lighter note: make sure you don’t go as far as the pointy-haired boss in the below cartoon.