The new old-fashioned general store

by Roger Simmermaker -- If you shopped online on Cyber Monday, you were part of an increasing trend. ComScore reports 8.7 million people made online purchases this year, up 5 percent from more…

Finding 'Made in USA' made simple

by Roger Simmermaker -- If you were out shopping on Black Friday or the weekend that followed, you've probably had enough of traffic and crowds. The good news is that you don't more…

Are domestic offerings endangered?

by Roger Simmermaker -- Is buying American an endangered activity? Bald eagles were on the endangered species list for years, being removed in 2007 after their population had recovered, even though their more…

Preserving American military heritage and pride

by Roger Simmermaker -- For 35 years, Cockpit USA has been a supplier of fine civilian and military apparel. Now the pieces from the company's classic American collection of quality goods are more…

Don't bother hunting for 'Made in China'

by Roger Simmermaker -- Have you ever been strolling down the aisle of a retail store and wondered why they don't have an "American Aisle" where you could find products made only more…

What is 'Made in America' worth?

by Roger Simmermaker -- Do you feel the "Made in USA" label is valuable and should be protected, or is it appropriate to allow the category to be watered down or eliminated more…

Power of saying 'Made in USA'

by Roger Simmermaker -- Is there any real power in the "Made in USA" label when it comes to influencing American consumers? If you ask America's free-trade economists who make up our more…

Demand to know if it's 'Made in U.S.A.'

by Roger Simmermaker -- Through most of the 1990s and into 2001, legislation was introduced regularly into the U.S. Congress to establish a toll-free number that consumers could call to find information more…

Standing up to China

by Roger Simmermaker -- As expected (as I expected, anyway) President Obama has slapped fairly significant tariffs on Chinese tires that have been flooding the U.S. market and forcing American factories to more…

The fundamentals of socks

by Roger Simmermaker -- Alexander Hamilton once said, "Every nation ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of a national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing more…