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When's the right time to start developing a package or bag for summer?

If you’re managing a brand in the U.S. and you need to have an order ready for summer, delivered from your supplier or factory in China, then you should start planning in December for a comfortable launch.

Starting early on summer projects is crucial, because you will have to contend with a loss of time for the Christmas/New Year season in the U.S. and the even more impactful Chinese New Year hiatus between Jan. 20th and Feb. 15th.

It’s best to begin your pre-production development phase before the U.S. holidays so that you’ll be able to have about 3 weeks to finalize your package before the CNY holiday. Once the factories open up, in February, you be able to begin the production phase with shipping to follow, which should take you to the end of April for delivery to your door.
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Interesting numbers of the day: The planet's 85 richest humans have as much wealth as the planet's poorest 3.5 billion people.

Do you think that information asymmetry plays a large part in that disparity?

Is the information collection apparatus of the NSA the preferred method of maintaining information superiority?
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+Quartz has the most reporters with a critical eye working for them than any other news source today.

Exaggerations and untruths aside, everyone this side of the Mongolian steppe knows that the air in Beijing can sometimes make you feel like you're breathing in toxic gas. 

So, why on earth would you make up a news story relating to how bad the air is in Beijing? Simple. You get clicks. Clicks equals getting paid in the attention economy. The more clicks, the more ad revenue. The more outlandish, the more clicks. If the story is false or better yet, controversial, it's left up to get more clicks.

This fake story doesn't really matter on its own because it's built around something that is true. Unfortunately though, news is no longer discovered, it's created, edited by those with an agenda reinforced by their paycheck and rolled on to a teleprompter for a good looking human to mouth mindlessly.

What's troubling is that these news creation techniques are also used to sell things like drugs, bullets, war, fear, the abrogation of personal liberty and perpetual debt to people as paid for advertising in the guise of news.

Lastly, as this piece points out, accuracy and accountability do not factor into the equation of what to publish or what to correct in places like Time, CBS News or HuffPo. And the list could go on... Caveat Emptor.
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Alex Jones is sure about it
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Has anyone seen any evidence that this story is true? In any of the now myriad stories and reports of this supposed outbreak, has anyone seen even a single name mentioned of one of the affected families? Or are these ghost families, conjured up to sell more vaccines. I don't know.
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+Shane Peden or you could blame the fake hpv vaccine and the other bullshit vaccines (of which there are dozens) instead of sell-a-breties. After all, Jenny isn't putting mercury and other filler bullshit in the needles...
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The increasing regional use of air freighting components within a manufacturer's supply chain is an interesting trend. Make no mistake about it though, these costs are inevitably passed along to the customer (B2B) or the end consumer.

In an Amazon Prime world, people are used to getting things shipped to them quickly and that rationale effects OPG as well.

Manufacturing in Asia and shipping to the West still does take some time. But for the vast majority of our customers, when a project is well planned and executed, there is no need to spend exorbitant sums on air freighting mass produced orders.

OPG's freight forwarding lead times from any China port to any zip code in the continental U.S. is 30-35 days via Ocean LCL and 5-8 days by Air for those in the Prime state of mind.
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Protests or not. We skate.
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THE ARITHMATARD'S GUIDE TO TONNES

For fun, I was looking into why the New York Federal Reserve is unwilling or unable to return 10% of the gold that Germany has stored there and I learned the following:

A British (long) ton is equal to 2240 pounds. A U.S. (short) ton is equal to 2000 pounds.

Both tons are actually defined as the equivalent of 20 hundredweight. However, the definition of the hundredweight differs between countries.

In the U.S. there are 100 pounds in the hundredweight, and in Britain there are 112 pounds in the hundredweight.

Therefore, to distinguish between the two tons, the smaller U.S. ton is called short, while the larger British ton is called long.

There is also a third type of ton called the metric ton, equal to 1000 kilograms, or approximately 2204 pounds. The metric ton is officially called tonne.

The SI (International System of Units) standard calls it tonne, but the U.S. Government recommends calling it metric ton, just because they enjoy messing with your head.

Historically, when in a geopolitically risky position, nations would rely on friendly partners to help store their gold, which they hold as a hedge against currency collapse. For example, Germany made much of its gold deposits to the U.S. during the Cold War, just in case a potential Soviet invasion made it too close to home.

It’s interesting that Germany only requested 10% of their gold deposits back. This could be their political version of an acid test of already strained relations with the U.S., due to surveillance of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

So, far the U.S. seems to be failing the test. The entire U.S. (and global) economy is based on trust, not paper.

The broader trend seems to be of foreign powers like Russia, China and Germany gobbling up gold as fast as they can get their hands on it. While some report that China is dependent on the U.S. to maintain its own economy, they seem to be looking for a way out of the coupling to the U.S. dollar via promoting domestic consumption.

The way to do that seems to be to let the Yuan rise, as it would if not artificially suppressed, versus the dollar so that the common Chinese laborer could buy some of the goods they produce at home. 

What would you do if you were China, thought it was a good idea to de-couple and wanted to hedge against the downside? Maybe acquire more gold?

I’m just an arithmatard looking at the dots and drawing lines in fun-sized crayon, but what might these tea leaves be telling us about the future of the U.S. Dollar and the goodwill (or lack thereof) towards the U.S.?

Photo Credit: Zerohedge.com (The amount of Gold Germany requests to be returned vs. the amount of gold the NY Fed claims to hold).
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Seasons Greetings from OPG. Wishing you a healthy & prosperous New Year.
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The Rapid Packing Container is an interesting concept developed by engineering students at Cooper Union. We have one question:

What is to stop the quick open feature from being accessed inadvertently by anyone in the logistics chain?

Other than that concern, we're all for more efficient corrugated packaging and we're looking forward to seeing if the economics of this product suit the marketplace.
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Koh Samui. Not a bad place to spend a week in December.
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Wandering around Central Sydney I stumbled upon this little organic cafe that also serves up some gluten free specialties. At Olive Green's Cafe, you can have a fresh combo of fruits and vegetables either juiced or blended. You can even bring your own green powder, and they'll happily add it for you. I tried the lemon chicken with a little side salad for lunch, and it was excellent. Simple, clean, tasty food. The seating area inside the cafe itself is a bit cramped, but that makes it all the more accessible for proprietor Connie O'Mahoney to chat up her regulars. The native Irishwoman and now transplant to Australia has the typical Celtic gift of gab. We spent some time talking about travel and politics, both local and global. There was no political correctness and no mincing words. Just a good old fashioned honest conversation between strangers. You just don't get that type of engagement in most places around the world. (Or maybe I've been in Asia so long I've forgotten what it's like to deal with people who are direct). While I lingered, it also became clear that Connie and her partner are pretty deep into the organic food concept. A local stopped in to provide samples and suggestions for fair trade products for her consideration. I sensed that this is a common occurrence. This is not a just a branding concept for them, but a way of life. I'd highly recommend trying out this unassuming little cafe in the heart of Central Sydney.
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Latitude 22 has become my favorite tapas joint in Hong Kong. It's a bit of a tight squeeze, and they usually require reservations for Thursday through Sunday, because those in the know have already booked in advance. The stuffed vine leaves, marinated artichoke hearts and Manchego cheese plate, are all top notch. And the pan-fried chorizo with wild mushroom is so good that you might find yourself licking the cream sauce out of the bowl.
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The juicy deep fried duck is a favorite. The sautéed string beans with garlic and the cold cucumber salad are great as well. We tried the aubergine and the spicy pulled pork last time and the conclusion is, it's hard to find a bad dish here.
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