Ken Worsley’s excellent Japan Economy News provides this morning’s suggested reading.
It is a fact that American exporters in many industries assume a holier-than-thou mentality. “My product is American, and, therefore, it’s great.” That is no longer true. “Made in America” was once synonymous with high-quality, if only because Americans had the means to produce when others did not. The American-made products of today often epitomize mediocrity — just look at the entertainment products we export — and cost more than those produced elsewhere.
We as exporters need to remove pride from the equation until it is damn well deserved. Ask yourself and your organization this question: what are we doing to ensure that my international customer receives the best value for his money? Then ask it of your customer. The disparity in the responses will very likely shock you.
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