Changes in the OEM World

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Daryl
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Re: Samsung - Apple -Mitsubishi
Daryl   3/1/2013 5:09:31 PM
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The US does have a culture but that was lost to the last 2 generations.  Respect for individual property rights and self-reliance (and not dependent on the almighty federal government.)   The trend was broken during the FDR era and you see it today in a country that cannot understand personnel responsibility.   No .... we are not a country that is married to traditions that are present in the orient nor to the clans of Europe.  We WERE a society that understood that freedom from tyranny is the only way that the human spirit can achieve their ultimate goal (success or failure) but now we are influenced by the so called enlighten few in Washington DC and led by a man who never grew up in the environment understanding what really is the core of the US culture. 

t.alex
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Re: ex RIM
t.alex   2/10/2013 7:58:10 AM
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Samsung is really trying out every possible thing. Medical devices is the trend now so it is not surprising Samsung is trying to enter too. But is it true it is doing this for its own self rather than maintaining loyal customers like Apple ?

AzmatMalik
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Samsung - Apple -Mitsubishi
AzmatMalik   2/5/2013 8:03:11 PM
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Samsung is to Korea what Mitsubishi was (is?) to Japan. Mitsubishi got its big break when the emperor needed someone to literally (financially) bail him out. But a servile adherence to western (specially US) business practices may have destroyed that great comapny. An organization MUST honor and live by the CULTURE it operates in: US companies can be a 'mutt' since there is no real 'culture' in the US, but Japanese and other Asian companies will have to live by their cultural values for several more decades.

AzmatMalik
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Reorganization is USUALLY senior management cop-out
AzmatMalik   2/5/2013 7:59:29 PM
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The worse the management (Board and CEO etc) of a company the more frequent and drastic their reorganization efforts. The Japanese have made it routine: management is rolled over twice a year in various party of the business, as people are moved around and internal politics are sorted out. I am aware of more than a few cases where the roles were swapped when two senior oerational managers were at each others' throats because 'things werent being done just right'.

The list of successful mergers-acquisitions is very short; IBM -Lenovo is a recent one that comes to mind. Compaq-DEC-Tandem-HP-Autonomy are a string of major-disaster. Mr Romeny and his ilk have established a chain process where they pull the wool over 'investors' eyes and make money for themselves, but leave a disaster in their wake. With the hollowing out of US businesses-manufacturing in particular, it is just a financial shell game now. And a VERY short-term view; make a killing and get out.  Dell is DONE.

Blackberry appears to have arisen from the dead. Brand loyalty exists only for slow changing consumer goods, (soap, shampoo, cereal, etc), NOT so much in electronics. I have bought Gateway, IBM, Dell, HP, Apple, Lenovo, PCs .. NEVER the same brand twice. I have had VWs more than 3 times, and am about to get a 4th, but that is because of performance and utility; nothing to do with 'BRAND'. I had bought a Volvo years ago because of the BRAND image of quality-safety; I was SO DISAPPOINTED with quality that I now dont even consider it when I go looking for a new car.  I have hads American car brands, Chevy, Dodge, and do still 'look' at them because I would LIKE to buy American, but have yet to do so because of the price-quality-perfromance doesnt get close to the foreign brands, and because the 'American' cars are really no longer 'American'.

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FLYINGSCOT   2/5/2013 7:56:52 PM
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What is RIM's new name?  I agree companies must constantly evolve to survive.  I am not sure if Apple is evolving dramatically enough to maintain its cult following. I was amazed to hear Samsung makes more from its phones than the rest of its operations combined.  If you visit Korea you can appreciate how stupendous this is as Samsung literally make everything one could imagine.

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: Brand loyalty is vanishing
Jennifer Baljko   2/5/2013 6:53:32 AM
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elctrnx_lyf - agree - fighting spirit is good, but without constant investment in innovation the competitive fight will only get so far. 

 

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: Brand loyalty is vanishing
Jennifer Baljko   2/5/2013 6:49:01 AM
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Prabhakar - The branding issue is a good point. I wonder, though, if consumers are getting confused or if for some things brands don't really matter much any more. Sure, if you're shopping for a phone or a PC  consumer loyalty may fall in one camp or another, but does it really matter which lighting fixtures or glucose monitor you choose? I'm not sure...

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Re: Changes in the OEM world
Jennifer Baljko   2/5/2013 6:41:55 AM
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FreeBird - guess we'll see in a couple years if Philips made the right bet. Maybe the lighting and healthcare markets will be stronger than we think.

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: More changes in direction.
Jennifer Baljko   2/5/2013 6:38:28 AM
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Cryptoman - yes, the Lenovo rumor was interesting, and it will be even more interesting to see how the major Chinese PC maker strengthens its mobile device market (tablets and smartphones) and if it tries to go after Apple and Samsung in this space, as Forbes mentions here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2013/02/01/lenovo-wants-a-piece-of-apple-samsung/

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: Philips
Jennifer Baljko   2/5/2013 5:22:43 AM
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You're right Bolaji. And we see this often - the idea of spin-offs making leaner companies stronger. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn'y. I think how well the companies do post-spin-off has as much to do with the products being offered as the broader economic climate they spin off into.

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