In India over the holidays, I found that globalization at the multi-country level to be rising and thriving-like never before. This blog post as we ring in the New Year 2013. First two somber incidents and public reactions:
- The Delhi rape has outraged the Indian public with multiple protests and huge pressure on the Indian Government. Metro stations in Delhi were closed, and many folks cancelled New Year celebrations and opted for candlelight vigils instead. A highly shared post on Facebook reads “if the girl was sent to Singapore for better treatment then the rapists should be sent to Saudi Arabia for better justice."
- Every time someone discovers our Connecticut connection, the Sandy Hook massacre comes up and one finds oneself explaining the second amendment to skeptics. Most folks do not seem to understand despite best attempts to explain the notion of a "free people" and its relation to gun ownership and the right to self-defense.
Taking up some of the less serious but business related multi-country globalization issues:
- Kids at a get together wanted buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken that are delivered with free Pepsi. The local tandoori chicken would not find favor with the young and surprisingly the older folks also wanted to stay with KFC with only lukewarm interest in the vintage tandoori chicken.
- At an electrical products store the sign reads “No guarantee for Chinese made goods." I ask the shopkeeper whether anything is made in India. He assures me that nothing except "zero watt" bulbs are made in India- which no one buys. Strangely the electrical manufacturers in India seem to be thriving. Deeper investigations reveal that while many electrical products are made in China, Indian manufacturers at the lower end make goods that are sold as Chinese made by the small retailer. Why would you do that-sell goods made in India, as made in China- within India? Well the best answer seems to be - completely avoid consumer warranty claims in the domestic market!
- Everyone knows that big businesses source a lot from China. However, one does not realize that small businesses in countries like India find it really easy to source from China. B2B owner buyers, even in non-technical stuff seem to be really happy with prices, services and quality. Differing grades of quality at different prices are available and the big consideration is the price-quality point the consumer market can take. Will every country just distribute and market Chinese manufacture- one wonders....
As 2013 rolls in, we can expect much more multi-country globalization at cultural, social and small business level. Happy New Year 2013! Contact StratoServe.