Travels Of A T Shirt

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The book Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli is about the journey of a plain cotton shirt internationally through the economy. This book consists of a plain, cheap t-shirt bought at Wal-Mart, is split into four important parts. The first part is about the source of the t-shirt: cotton. The second part is about the creation process the t-shirt goes through while being created in China. The third part is consists of explaining what happens after the t-shirt goes to the United States and faces the American protectionist policies. Lastly, the fourth essential part of this t-shirt is what happens to the shirt when it is finished in America (or other developed nations). These four essential parts makes you think and puts…show more content…
They have figured out how to compete in markets but also—and at least as important—how to avoid competing when the risks are too high” (Rivoli 7). Rivoli explained the strategy that the U.S. farmers had used for this success and helped them sustain their success was the Porter’s Diamond plan. Porter’s famous Diamond plan that the cotton producers followed each step which includes 4 different factors (used to describe the shape as a baseball field, diamond, etc.) such as: factor, demand condition, related and supporting industries, firm tactic, structure, and rivalry. During the time of the Civil War, there were slaves working on farmers, these slaves were not compensated for their labor and services and were producing cotton for a little to nothing cost. Since the Civil War, America has produced an immense amount of cotton and would export it to different parts of the world. America has also had enough workers to meet the exact supply and demand, which follows the demand policy. Correspondingly, the manifest destiny caused for cotton growers further west. Due to the cotton growers going further out west, cotton became easier to grow and easier to protect. These technological advancements simplified the process by which people were able to grow cotton and export it to China for the workers to create these shirts. There are now many subsidiary industries to cotton; industries are always producing new clothes every day. Due to this
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