Chemo Beanies – Bringing It Back to the Basics

Mar 28, 2020

Bringing It Back to the Basics: Why Chemo Beanies is Committed to Local Assembly

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the entire planet, exposing the shortcomings of multi-continental supply chains that leave countries in peril right now while their medical supplies and medications are produced in other countries, we are all left to reflect on the shortcomings of globalization.

The post-coronavirus economy is undoubtedly shifting towards a more local lens, simply because it’s easier for us to access the resources and products we need if they’re being made right inside our home country. However, something amazing happens when we decide to go local: more money is invested into the people and communities of our home that need it the most, less environmental emissions are released into the air due to shipping, and more control is exercised over fair wages and fair livings for employees.

One company is already embracing this kind of American-made mentality, outlining the benefits of managing every single supply chain step in the United States: Chemo Beanies.

The Chemo Beanie Supply Chain

Founded by two sisters who were diagnosed with breast cancer, Chemo Beanies was designed to help women feel fun, feminine, and stylish through their battles with cancer. As the two collaborated to make the highest quality product they could possibly manage, they began to explore the importance of monitoring their own supply chain today.

Starting with assembly inside their factory, located in Los Angeles, Chemo Beanie realized they would have to relinquish control over the quality of the finished product if they outsourced it. Today, the beanies are made just 50-miles away from their office, which is why they can simply travel to the production site, meet with managers face to face to correct the problem, and ensure it is done speedily. 

Additionally, this kind of operation guarantees they are employing American workers in the creation of their beanies, which gives employment opportunities to struggling people and families that need it the most right inside our country. 

Of course, it is worth mentioning that committing to entirely American-made products comes with an increase in cost. But, as the makers of Chemo Beanie stated, ensuring the quality is top-notch is worth the increase in cost, as well as the decrease in environmental damage that happens in the mean-time. Working in person with their employees, lastly, provides them with control over their wages, so they can ensure that everyone is being paid regularly and fairly in a world with fair-wage concerns.

Retaining American Autonomy

COVID-19 has highlighted just how much of a gamble it is to have your products made halfway around the world today. We will undoubtedly rebound as a people following this pandemic, but there will be fallout. There will be distrust, weariness to interact closely in person with other people, and a newfound resurgence in American-made products.

We have the tools, the resources, and the eager workers right here in this country to create any kind of product or service. Chemo Beanie is proud to be leading the charge with regards to tightening American supply chains. 

If not for the quality of your product, do it for the benefits to our local economy, as well as the planet as a whole.

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Gareth Struivig de Groot is the founder of Buy Localized. He originally hails from Vancouver, and he is passionate about helping people get informed about where the things they purchase come from.


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