Controversy erupted when politicians found out that uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Olympic team in the opening ceremonies were made in China even though they were designed by Ralph Lauren.
Businessweek says "those made-in-China items are good for the U.S. economy and for U.S. jobs" because it gives companies like Nike and Ralph Lauren the advantage of being cost competitive globally.
That's because "garment manufacturing is a low-cost commodity business. Most of the value in the apparel industry comes from design, technology, sales, marketing, and distribution—not manufacturing."
This week, a group of senators introduced a bill that would require all U.S. Olympic team uniforms to be made in the United States.
Many questions here:
- Should the uniforms for for the opening ceremonies be trashed?
- Should lawmakers be concerned with mandating where uniforms are made?
- Do you buy strictly "Made in the USA" products?
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