A Meditation on Supply Chains and Adding Real Value in the World

For a long time I’ve been concerned and even worried about the many “middle men” between factories and consumers, and the costs that this incurs all along the way. As an industrial designer, I’ve seen it first-hand.

It seems suspect for goods that cost pennies to manufacture should be sold to the end consumer for sometimes 10-20 times their cost. A bottle of lotion, for example, might cost 30 cents to manufacture, but is sold at retail for $7. Is this a good thing? Continue reading “A Meditation on Supply Chains and Adding Real Value in the World”