The Fashion Police, Pt. II

November 16, 2007 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

It’s Friday, and I’m in a lighthearted mood.   Maybe it’s because I’ve recovered from my flu shot.   Maybe it’s the thought of next week’s Thanksgiving feasting and family.  

Whatever the reason, I want to follow up on my earlier post about Crocs.    As you may recall, Crocs, the ubiqutuous holey plastic footwear, were banned from patient care areas in one hospital late this past summer.   The concern was that a rogue syringe would pierce an unprotected toe.

Despite this ban, Crocs have stepped into the health care world.   The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has given the Crocs Rx™ line its Seal of Acceptance.   The three shoe models in this line are targeted to ease foot pain.   Essentially this endorsement allows Crocs to capitalize formally on the doctor recommendations they’ve already enjoyed.   Your medical provider may not be allowed to wear Crocs to work, but they can recommend that you do.   

Seriously though, because I deal with enterprise compliance issues on a professional basis, I spend time every day looking for potential lapses in good faith practices and helping customers close perceived gaps.  The watchfulness continues at home.   With all the recent news about consumer product safety scares in food and in toys, I start to question just about every purchase.   

As consumers, we generally buy blind.   We don’t know if the product was created with fair labor practices; using “green” or environmentally sustainable; in a place that also processes nuts; or whatever.   We’d like to, but we don’t know.   Health care systems at least have Vendormate and our monitoring and compliance checking services.   It seems the best we consumers can do is close our eyes, cross our fingers, and open our wallets.  

So, I have to admit it’s nice to see an endorsement.   A credible assurance that the claimed benefits are accurate.  Congratulations to Crocs for creating a product that gets endorsed, not just accepted.  

And, note to self, maybe it’s time for a consumer-level Vendormate…

Entry filed under: product safety.

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