I met a Toronto mfg’ing/repair shop owner whose business is mainly
with one very large retail account that is all across Canada. I asked
him why did that big retailer close their new main repair shop last
“I’ll tell you Gerry, they are now buying all of their merchandise
from China”. They don’t need us anymore, they put a lot of darned
good setters and related staff out to pasture!
I once worked at that same main shop and where hundreds of thousands
of dollars was spent in quality-control and on a 28,000 sq.ft
building with top-of-the-line security. But it only lasted for about
1=>2 years, so to save a few dollars everything went literally
overseas. So where are those fantastic jewellers doing now? They are
looking for work that is now getting less and less. Many of them have
totally left the trade out of disgust! In fact one of those fellows
is now a school bus driver!!!..
To further this story, that company used to buy all of their
jewellery from one of Canada’s oldest companies, so they withdrew
their multi-million account before leaving…that manufacturing
company was forced to close their doors and then sent all and
everyone packing. Nice,eh?