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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:38 PM

Walmart Promises To Strengthen Supply Chain Safeguards After Bangladesh Factory Fire

Source: Reuters

Walmart Promises To Strengthen Supply Chain Safeguards After Bangladesh Factory Fire

Reuters | Posted: 12/11/2012 1:13 am EST | Updated: 12/11/2012 8:49 am EST

By Jessica Wohl

Dec 11 (Reuters) - A factory fire that killed more than 100 garment workers in Bangladesh has led the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, to concede that it needs to do more to control its supply chain and keep unauthorized manufacturers out.

In an interview with Reuters, his first since the Nov. 24 Tazreen Fashions fire, Wal-Mart Vice President of Ethical Sourcing Rajan Kamalanathan said the company's current controls could only go so far in preventing a factory Wal-Mart did not approve of from making its clothes, as was the case here.

"If a supplier or an agent chooses to subcontract without informing us, then that is a problem," Kamalanathan said. "We can put all kinds of controls in place, but if they don't tell us where they're putting our order, then that is a problem."

Wal-Mart has said repeatedly that its Faded Glory clothing should not have been in production at the Tazreen factory, a facility Bangladeshi authorities said was not safe for use. The building was not cleared to be used by any party manufacturing garments for the world's largest retailer.

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Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/walmart-bangladesh-factory_n_2275783.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:39 PM

1. By 'supply chain' perhaps they mean

locking the ENTIRE factory next time so no one gets out to tell of the horror.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:50 PM

2. i believe they've made such promises before. however, such promises are trash if your policy is

 

to keep forcing your suppliers to deliver at lower cost.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:50 PM

3. Yeah, sure...uh-huh...


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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:06 PM

4. "Yeah, that's it!"

Jon Lovitz beat you to it, dude.

Everyone knows how hands-off Wal-Mart is.

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