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u/LongInTheTooth · 5 pointsr/bjj

One other risk they manage is successful communication with the factory about what exactly the factory will produce. Even if the factory is producing gis for several companies, they are likely being made to different specifications, features, quality control, et. cet. Getting all of that right requires expert knowledge and a bit of trial and error before the factory is consistently producing exactly what was ordered.

So if you get a few people together and go straight to the factory there is some chance you'll wind up with stuff that's not quite what you are after.

The garment industry is some fascinating stuff, I highly recommend the book The "Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy" which gives an in depth look at the whole life cycle of a t-shirt, from cotton to the African surplus market. That serves as a window in to the modern global economy, as well the history of how agricultural societies industrialize. Very cool stuff.

u/aeiouicup · 2 pointsr/politics

Like know where your food is coming from, know where your clothing is coming from. This book Blood Oil is about how, if you go back far enough in a natural resource supply chain, there’s often a terrible tyrant extracting it, coupled with a western approval process that basically says “it’s cool”. You see that with sweatshops, too. You can ask about sweatshop labor, but at a certain point Wal Mart will be like “we subcontract with regional suppliers and what happens with them is none of our business ”. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is also a good resource to consult on supply chains.

u/ATQB · 2 pointsr/OzoneOfftopic

May want to check out this book. The title is literally "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy". Lighter read....goes through the supply chain thoroughly (and a brief history of textiles). Has an economics lesson embedded....Don't know if it's a practical lesson for your purposes though.

>During a 1999 protest of the World Trade Organization, Rivoli, an economics professor at Georgetown, looked on as an activist seized the microphone and demanded, "Who made your T-shirt?" Rivoli determined to find out. She interviewed cotton farmers in Texas, factory workers in China, labor champions in the American South and used-clothing vendors in Tanzania. Problems, Rivoli concludes, arise not with the market, but with the suppression of the market. Subsidized farmers, and manufacturers and importers with tax breaks, she argues, succeed because they avoid the risks and competition of unprotected global trade, which in turn forces poorer countries to lower their prices to below subsistence levels in order to compete. Rivoli seems surprised by her own conclusions, and while some chapters lapse into academic prose and tedious descriptions of bureaucratic maneuvering, her writing is at its best when it considers the social dimensions of a global economy, as in chapters on the social networks of African used-clothing entrepreneurs.


https://www.amazon.com/Travels-T-Shirt-Global-Economy-Economist/dp/0471648493

u/TropicalKing · 1 pointr/collapse

It is. Imagine what our society would look like if people didn't want to buy new clothes and instead wore used clothes. In the book "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade" the last stop for used clothing that is donated from America is often in used clothing shops in Africa. I love thrift shops- but I know that they don't provide many jobs or money velocity.

America does not want to be the "last stop" for cars. Used car lots cannot support the jobs and money velocity that America needs to remain a first world country.

https://www.amazon.com/Travels-T-Shirt-Global-Economy-Economist/dp/0471648493

u/ilikeleaguesortof · 1 pointr/worldnews

It's a subsidized industry that really only competes through protectionism.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Travels-T-Shirt-Global-Economy/dp/0471648493

^ great read on the subject

u/Indigoes · 1 pointr/AskReddit

And there's also Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, (the book).