How is it our folding collapsible coffee cups be so inexpensive?
In 2020 the veil has been lifted on how to save money when buying your promotional products or for specialty retail goods.
It is no secret that many of our consumer goods are made in Asia. The resons are varied and many but the reality is 2 very important issues.
Firstly, these type of low wage manufacturing jobs have left the USA long ago and sad to say this, but we really do not want them back here.
We do not want low wage manufacturing jobs here in the USA like we did 50 years ago because our economy cannot support them. No one wants to work for 10 or 12 dollars an hour moulding and packaging folding collapsible coffee mugs.
In fact many of our lowest wage manufacturing jobs here in the States are currently occupied by immigrants from south of the border. Our resident workforce, for the most part, wants clean tech jobs. If you realize that we have an effective unemployment rate of less than 3% it’s easy to see why low wage USA manufacturing jobs are for the most part, long gone.
Secondly, the manufacturing supply chain and infrastructure for products like these are almost exclusively based in the South East Asian countries.
All parts of the product such as silicone, moulding facilities etc are abundant off-shore. not so much here anymore.
All of this may make you unhappy or worst yet, offended, but understand our entry level wages have effectively risen over the past 4 decades at the same time as our low wage manufacturing jobs have left.
Low wage or entry level manufacturing jobs in Asia are like our first jobs at McDonalds!
We travel to China 3 times a year and have done so for 20 plus years. What we have noticed is that most mainland Chinese who do not go to University often opt for their first job in entry level manufacturing. Just like we do with McDonald’s and other service jobs.
These jobs tend to last 2-3 years and then they move onto ore substantial occupations. Just like we do here.
We own part of the factories!
In fact we own part of 6 factories in China and other Asian countries. We specialize in some very unique products for both the promotional product market place as well as retail wholesale. We have a very focused attention on delivering factory direct products to these 2 markets.
We are also the marketers and customer service!
15 years ago we realized that what we did the best was market, service and deliver the orders. At the same time our factory partners realized understood that they really did not have the time or inclination to crack the western markets.