supply chain

Will China’s “Dominance in Manufacturing” Endure?

Earlier this week at The Atlantic, Matt Schiavenza analyzed an infographic published by the International Business Times to show that, despite rising labor costs, we can expect China to remain a dominant force in global...

Report Alleges Labor Violations at Apple Supplier

U.S.-based workers-rights group China Labor Watch published a report on Monday alleging numerous labor violations at three factories owned by Pegatron Group, a major supplier to Apple: CLW’s investigations revealed at least 86...

What Paintbrush Makers Know About How to Beat China

In an article for the New York Times, Adam Davidson looks at two U.S. paintbrush makers and the strategies they’ve used to stay competitive as Chinese manufacturers offer products for a considerably lower price:...

Apple Hire Suggests Focus on Supply Chain Pollution

Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson announced her new role as Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives this week. As Brian Fung points out at the National Journal, it seems likely that...

Apple’s China Problems

The New York Times traces the human element of Apple’s supply chain in a lengthy report on conditions at the Chinese factories that make its wildly popular devices: Some former Apple executives say there is an unresolved...

Concerns Grow Over Environmental Costs Of Apple Products

Tongxin, near Shanghai, is the site of a factory run by Apple supplier Kaedar. Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz found the villagers initially eager to talk about pollution from the plant, but this changed after local authorities...

Mixed Signals from Apple on Pollution Report

Apple’s response to a recent report by Chinese environmental NGOs, in which it came under heavy fire for pollution from suppliers, has been characteristically vague and evasive, but the company has also shown some signs of...

Supply Chain for iPhone Highlights Costs in China

From the New York Times: Last month, while enthusiastic consumers were playing with their new Apple iPhone 4, researchers in Silicon Valley were engaged in something more serious. They cracked open the phone’s shell and started...

Wal-Mart’s Green Push in China

From the Financial Times: Wal-Mart , the world’s largest retailer, is to convene a meeting of hundreds of its Chinese suppliers to set out goals for significant reductions in the environmental impact of its vast supply chain....

Disney Case Highlights China Supply Chain Pitfalls

From Reuters via Earthtimes.org : In his dim two-room flat, Huang Renzhong showed a visitor a Mickey Mouse statuette and explained how creating Disney figurines during 15-hour work days in a grim factory led to a $90,000...

China Must Avert Supply Chain Crunch – Daniel Canty

From Arabianbusiness.com: While beneficial to billions of people, the China trade surge has created unprecedented complexity, additional costs and potential choke points in thousands of international supply chains that touch the country, according to Brian Lutt, president of APL Logistics. Lutt recently warned delegates at the Transpacific Maritime Asia Conference in Shenzhen that these challenges […]

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