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Trump’s tariffs will make almost everything more expensive

  • In Trump’s view, countries such as China and Mexico are stealing American manufacturing jobs. 
  • He’s vowed to try and bring those jobs back by imposing tariffs on goods imported from those nations, as well as others, in hopes of deterring companies from making their products abroad.
  • According to CNN, Trump may use an executive order to impose a 5% to 10% tariff on all goods imported into the United States.
  • Tariffs are specifically designed to increase the cost of goods imported into the country, making them pricier for the average consumer 
  • Companies that do decide to move manufacturing back to the U.S. would need time to build local manufacturing plants. 
  • That process could take years and would present an additional cost to the company, which could potentially be passed onto consumers. 
  • Without a corresponding boost to wages, experts say the increased cost of goods could hurt consumers and possibly stunt economic growth. 
  • In fact, studies have shown trade wars disproportionately hurt the spending power of lower-income Americans. Read more

Meanwhile, China is already firing back against Peter Navarro, Trump’s controversial trade advisor

  • China just fired back against Trump’s increasingly hard-line approach to China — in more ways than one.
  • Trump ahas appointed Peter Navarro, an economics professor at the University of California at Irvine, to a newly created role overseeing global trade.
  • Navarro is the author of three books, including Death by China: How America Lost its Manufacturing Base, that take a seriously hard-line stance that not only are China’s trade practices unfair, they’re one of the world’s “central problems." 
  • First the Global Times, China’s partially-state-owned newspaper, published fiery editorial condemning Navarro. In the editorial, the newspaper wrote that Navarro’s nomination alone "may raise risk of Sino-US conflict.”
  • Then, less than a day later, China announced a nearly $29 million fine against U.S. auto giant General Motors over its “monopolistic pricing.”
  • Read more

Mr.PAW is a Melbourne-based dog shampoo and grooming brand with a focus on natural ingredients and local manufacturing. We developed a visual identity for Mr.PAW to gain an audience in an already competitive marketplace, resulting in a brand that is contemporary and clean in aesthetic. The simple identity design mixes bold typography softened with rounded edges, which is then combined with playful brand imagery to complete the visual experience of the online retail store.

Kevin Carson is one of the people I was subtweeting with that quip about self-sufficiency. I don’t think that’s quite his idea, but then I’m not totally sure what his idea is. He does have this book though, “The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto.“  From his summary on Amazon:

A history of the rise and fall of Sloanist mass production, and a survey of the new economy emerging from the ruins:  networked local manufacturing, garage industry, household microenterprises and resilient local economies.

Now I have this idea for “The little beige book” where I convert Maoist phrases into silicon valley wisdom.  “The disruptor must move amongst the market as a packet navigates the network.“



Ingvar Feodor Kamprad was born on 30 March 1926, on a small farm called Elmtaryd near the village of Agunnaryd, in the Swedish province of Småland. Kamprad began his career at the age of six, selling matches. When just ten, he criss-crossed the neighbourhood on his bicycle, selling Christmas decorations, fish and pencils.

At the age of 17, in 1943, his father rewarded him with a small sum of money for doing well in school, despite being dyslexic. With it, Ingvar founded a business named IKEA, an abbreviation for Ingvar Kamprad from Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd, his boyhood home.

Two years after starting IKEA, he began using milk trucks to deliver his goods. In 1947, he started selling furniture made by local manufacturers. By 1955, manufacturers began boycotting IKEA, protesting against Kamprad’s low prices. This forced him to design items in-house. 

He is also behind the simple, yet revolutionary innovation that is the flat pack. He began selling IKEA products in flat-pack form, from his own warehouses. Thus the basic IKEA concept – simple, affordable flat-pack furniture, designed, distributed and sold in-house – was complete.The driving idea behind IKEA was, and is, that anyone should be able to afford stylish, modernist furniture. He felt he was not just cutting costs and making money, but serving the people as well.


The first store was opened in Älmhult, Småland, in 1958, while the first stores outside Sweden were opened in Norway (1963) and Denmark (1969). The stores spread to other parts of Europe in the 1970s, with the first store outside Scandinavia opening in Switzerland (1973), followed by West Germany (1974).

Older IKEA stores are usually blue buildings with yellow accents (also Sweden’s national colours) and few windows. They are often designed in a one-way layout, leading customers counter clockwise along what IKEA calls “the long natural way” designed to encourage the customer to see the store in its entirety (as opposed to a traditional retail store, which allows a customer to go directly to the section where the desired goods and services are displayed). There are often shortcuts to other parts of the showroom. Newer IKEA stores, like the one  make more use of glass, both for aesthetics and functionality. Skylights are also now common in the self-serve warehouses; natural lighting reduces energy costs, improves worker morale and gives a better impression of the products.


Every store includes a restaurant serving traditional Swedish food, including potatoes with Swedish meatballs, cream sauce and lingonberry jam, although there are variations. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the usual boiled potatoes have been replaced with French fries. Besides these Swedish foods, hot dogs and drinks are also sold, along with a few varieties of the local cuisine, and beverages such as lingonberry juice. Also items such as prinsesstårta (princess cake) are sold as desserts. Stores in Israel sell kosher food with a high degree of rabbinical supervision. The kosher restaurants are separated into dairy and meat areas; falafel and non-dairy ice cream are available at the exit. IKEA stores in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates serve chicken shawarma at the exit café as well as beef hot dogs, while in United Kingdom, a Quorn hot dog is available in the exit café.


Every store has a play area, named Småland (Swedish for small lands; it is also the Swedish province where Kamprad was born). Parents drop off their children at a gate to the playground, and pick them up after they arrive at another entrance. In some stores, parents are given free pagers by the on-site staff, which the staff can use to summon parents whose children need them earlier than expected; in others, staff summon parents through announcements over the in-store public address system.


Rather than being sold pre-assembled, much of IKEA’s furniture is designed to be self-assembled. The company claims that this helps reduce costs and use of packaging by not shipping air; the volume of a bookcase, for example, is considerably less if it is shipped unassembled rather than assembled. This is also practical for many of the chain’s European customers, where public transport is commonly used, because the flat-pack methods allow for easier transport via public transportation.

IKEA contends that it has been a pioneering force in sustainable approaches to mass consumer culture. Kamprad calls this “democratic design,” meaning that the company applies an integrated approach to manufacturing and design. In response to the explosion of human population and material expectations in the 20th and 21st centuries, the company implements economies of scale, capturing material streams and creating manufacturing processes that hold costs and resource use down, such as the extensive use of Medium-Density Fiberboard (“MDF”). It is an engineered wood fibre glued under heat and pressure to create a building material of superior strength which is resistant to warp. IKEA uses cabinet-grade and furniture-grade MDF in all of its MDF products, such as PAX wardrobes and kitchen cupboards. IKEA also uses wood, plastic, and other materials for furniture and other products. The intended result is flexible, adaptable home furnishings, scalable both to smaller homes and dwellings as well as large houses.


IKEA products are identified by one-word (rarely two-word) names. Most of the names are Scandinavian in origin. Although there are some exceptions, most product names are based on a special naming system developed by IKEA. Kamprad, found that naming the furniture with proper names and words, rather than a product code, made the names easier to remember.

  • Upholstered furniture, coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs: Swedish placenames (for example: Klippan)
  • Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture: Norwegian place names
  • Dining tables and chairs: Finnish place names
  • Bookcase ranges: Occupations
  • Bathroom articles: Scandinavian lakes, rivers and bays
  • Kitchens: grammatical terms, sometimes also other names
  • Chairs, desks: men’s names
  • Fabrics, curtains: women’s names
  • Garden furniture: Swedish islands
  • Carpets: Danish place names
  • Lighting: terms from music, chemistry, meteorology, measures, weights, seasons, months, days, boats, nautical terms
  • Bedlinen, bed covers, pillows/cushions: flowers, plants, precious stones
  • Children’s items: mammals, birds, adjectives
  • Curtain accessories: mathematical and geometrical terms
  • Kitchen utensils: foreign words, spices, herbs, fish, mushrooms, fruits or berries, functional descriptions
  • Boxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks: colloquial expressions, also Swedish place names

They Were The First Company To Feature A Gay Relationship In a Commercial.While the commercial only ran once in 1994, it was still a big deal for such a major company to release an ad with a homosexual couple. Since then, the company had ran a number of ads targeting the gay community, including one of the first ads to feature a transgender person

Their Catalog Is almost More Popular Than The Bible. Every year, there are almost three times more copies of the catalog printed than the bible. They started printing the catalog in 1951 and it has since taken on a life of its own, consuming a full 70% of the companies marketing budget every year and developing a devoted fan base of people who analyze the images looking for obscure books in the bookshelves, Mickey Mouse references and cats hiding in the fake households. There are now 55 editions printed in 27 languages every year.

IKEA Also Sell Houses. If you live in Scandinavia or the UK, don’t head to a real estate agent, head to IKEA and grab a flat-pack house for a fraction of the cost. The BoKlok houses were originally released in Sweden in 1996, and have since expanded to IKEA stores across Northern Europe.


Kamprad has been married twice. In his first marriage, to Kerstin Wadling, he adopted a daughter, Annika Kihlbom. In the other, to Margaretha Stennert, he has three sons: Peter, Jonas and Mathias. The three sons are gradually succeeding their father, who now serves as senior advisor at IKEA.


15 Real Products Created from Children’s Wildest Ideas

Awesome “Inventors!” project by British designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox (who we posted about last year). After gathering over 600 ideas from over 450 children across Sunderland and South Tyneside, UK, Wilcox whittled down the entries to 60 and challenged local manufacturers to create exactly what the kids envisioned. See more of the original imaginings paired with the real-life creations here!

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Holden Hurricane Concept, 1969. I’ve posted about the Hurricane before but what the hell, it’s Australia Day and I found some new (old) pics. The Hurricane was a mid-engined prototype designed to house and promote Holden’s then new Australian-made V8 engine (their first, and the first locally manufactured V8). The original concept car was restored by Holden’s engineers and represented in 2011

anonymous asked:

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I kid u not … these are amazing <3 magnesium, melatonin, zinc, b6! 

If I get cramps , these pills, ginger tea (use fresh ginger in boiling water or find a natural ginger tea without any additives), and applying heat to my crotch area are the only things that work for me to relieve my pain! I also find that when I’m exercising and moving around more throughout the month before I get my period , my cramps are practically non-existent. So walking around and eating well is VERY important! If you haven’t already ,,, I really recommend cutting out dairy and meat bc you don’t need those hormones in your precious body messing with the lil hormones that are already there .. <3 sending love 

California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'
Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios.
By Los Angeles Times

But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam.

Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California’s minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state.

Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wiped out about 500 local jobs. The company still employs about 4,000 workers in Southern California.

“The exodus has begun,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Cal State Channel Islands and a former director at Forever 21. “The garment industry is gradually shrinking and that trend will likely continue.”

In the last decade, local apparel manufacturing has already thinned significantly. Last year, Los Angeles County was home to 2,128 garment makers, down 33% from 2005, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. During that period, employment also plunged by a third, to 40,500 workers. Wages, meanwhile, jumped 17% adjusting for inflation, to $698 per week — although that can include pay for top executives, as well as bonuses, tips and paid vacation time.

Many apparel companies say Los Angeles is a difficult place to do business. Commercial real estate is expensive and limited, the cost of raw materials continues to rise and it can be difficult to find skilled workers who can afford to live in the city. They expect things will become even more challenging after the minimum-wage hike further raises their expenses.

Felix Seo has been making clothes for wholesale in downtown for 30 years. His company, Joompy, used to count giant retailers like Forever 21 among its clients. But as prices have gone up in recent years, he said, those fast-fashion peddlers are no longer giving him orders.

“I used to pay $5 to get this sewn, and now it costs $6.50,” Seo said, holding up a patterned dress. “But my customer doesn’t want to pay that, so I can’t sell it anymore.”

To survive, Seo, 59, said Joompy may have to start importing goods instead of producing them locally. “It will be impossible to make clothes in Los Angeles,” he said.

The minimum wage is accelerating changes in the L.A. apparel industry that began decades ago, industry experts said.

In the 1990s, as borders opened up, foreign competitors began snatching up business from Southland garment factories.

Eventually, many big brands opted to leave the region in favor of cheaper locales. Guess Jeans, which epitomized a sexy California look, moved production to Mexico and South America. Just a few years ago, premium denim maker Hudson Jeans began shifting manufacturing to Mexico.

Jeff Mirvis, owner of MGT Industries in Los Angeles, said outsourcing was necessary to keep up with low-cost rivals. MGT, which makes apparel sold to retailers, moved its production to Mexico in the 1990s, China in the early 2000s and Southeast Asia a few years later. Its designs and samples are still made in Los Angeles, Mirvis said.

“Manufacturers really have no choice,” said Mirvis, whose father started the company in 1988. “With the rise of Forever 21 and stores like that, price points have gone down and down and down.”

2012 resolutions: support homegrown people, products and talent!
What if we all decided to buy Canadian-made products whenever possible?

Let’s think about this simple question. What could change?

One would feel good about helping our country.
The retailer where you purchased your product would then replenish the stock and consequently order another item from the Canadian designer who manufactured it.
The designer and manufacturer would both have more money to re-invest and essentially produce more locally made products.
The manufacturer would employ more people to produce the products and maybe even open another factory.
The brand would become more profitable, be able to re-invest in the local economy, and purchase more raw materials to make the product.
Both the brand and the manufacturer could expand their operations and start exporting overseas, potentially decreasing our country’s trade deficit.

Could this happen? Heck YES! It starts with you and me.

Ponder this simple question next time your buy. Look for Made in Canada.

- thanks to the peeps at REPOP MFG.

An Indian-built T-72M1 Ajeya which went into production at the Heavy Vehicles Factory Avadi in 1987 – the first 175 tanks were built from Russian supplied kits and then the factory went over to local manufacture.