Respect the Label!

In a famous Seinfeld episode, George Costanaza bemoans his how his two worlds collide.  “Relationship George” and “Independent George” are two distinct personalities he uses based on the circumstances he is in.

I felt that way, albeit in a more positive manner than George, when an article about Tesla’s labeling issues made the rounds among label nerds last week.  (I don’t know what it says about me, but this article was forwarded to me by several people.)  What are the chances that these two distinct subjects, both of which I have a passion for, would be mentioned in the same story?  Below is an excerpt from the article.

The General Administration of Customs (GAC) reportedly accused Tesla of omitting Chinese labeling on components and mislabeling motor capacity. (Emphasis added) The GAC suspended sales of Tesla’s Model 3s. The stock price dropped as much as 5% on the news this week. But as of today (March 5), Reuters reports that Tesla has resolved the issue, allowing sales and imports of the Model 3 to resume.

I am fairly confident that my phone’s calculator is not set to enough decimal places to calculate the cost of the label(s) as a percentage of sell price that Tesla must apply to meet Chinese standards.  Saying it is a rounding error would be an overstatement.  Yet without those labels, 1,600 cars sat in limbo.  With a company needing cash, every day is critical.

It may be only a label, but without it products cannot be delivered.  In the aforementioned Seinfeld episode George Costanza famously quipped, “If Relationship George walks through this door, he will kill Independent George!  A George, divided against itself, cannot stand!” It may be only a label, but without it products cannot be delivered.  Respect the label!

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