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Ford scales up in China and India.

Ford vows to rev up supply chain in India and China -- Ford is preparing to rev up its supply chain across China and India after announcing "big plans" to scale up Asian operations. "We have big plans for India, China and the region," said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa.

China goes on the defense.

China Vice President Defends Investment, Procurement Policies -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday rebutted criticism that the foreign investment environment has deteriorated in China and that foreign companies are discriminated against in government procurement. Speaking at a forum, Xi said that China is entering talks to join the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement "with a serious and responsible attitude."

What size are your pants?

Are Your Pants Lying to You? An Investigation -- The pants manufacturers are trying to flatter us. And this flattery works: Alfani's 36-inch "Garrett" pant was 38.5 inches, just like the Calvin Klein "Dylan" pants -- which I loved and purchased. A 39-inch pair from Haggar (a brand name that out-testosterones even "Garrett") was incredibly comfortable. Dockers, meanwhile, teased "Leave yourself some wiggle room" with its "Individual Fit Waistline," and they weren't kidding: despite having a clear size listed, the 36-inchers were 39.5 inches. And part of the reason they were so comfy is that I felt good about myself, no matter whether I deserved it.

Genius marketing ploy or great American denial of its obesity problem? I think to be honest to myself, I'm going to start sourcing "real-size" pants...

Dunkin' looks to go green.

A cup good to the last drop-off -- For more than four years, Hellyar, supply chain manager for Dunkin' Donuts, has hunted for an alternative to the much maligned Styrofoam cup -- long enough to earn him the nickname "Joey Cups.'' The ideal container would have to be recyclable or compostable, keep coffee hot, and not cost franchisees too much. It might as well be the Holy Grail. Neither Joey Cups and his team of 12, nor anyone else in the industry, has been able to find it.

Sheena Moore

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