Three months can be an awfully long wait. Yet that’s typical of the time it takes to move manufactured goods from a factory in China to a store shelf in the United States, according to Hal Sirkin, senior partner with Boston Consulting Group, speaking at Wal-Mart Stores’ annual shareholders meeting events this month in Arkansas. “Most of the time is spent on a boat, or waiting for a boat,” Sirkin explained. “If I’m selling a good that’s hot in ...

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