Apple indeed is not putting its eggs in a single supplier's basket, I think for the fact that if one fails, one will pass. Seagate Technologies, Western Digital Corporation and Hitach-LG Data Storage are their data storage suppliers too.
I think Apple recent strategy of publishing its suppliers list is to let those suppliers know who is who, and to put them into serious competition to get the best out of them to its advantage of its stringent demand.
"After reviewing the list, I concluded that Apple has at least three suppliers for every single part it needs to make its products".
This is the reason why Apple place its suppliers on strict terms and demanding the highest quality of products because it has many of thess suppliers at hand. The company can easily dictate for them and be in control, while the suppliers too have to agree so as to stay in business.
Nemos, I have been pondering this and I am uncertain why Apple finally chose the option of publishing a list of all its suppliers. This is a list the company had kept secret for very long. A friend suggested during a recent discussion Apple published the list because the secrecy had served its purpose and might now be hurting the company. I tend to agree.
This is really a breakthrough for Apple. Their supplier list is a lot more diverse than most people--including myself--thought. No doubt every name on this list earned its position.
I will point out that an in-depth article on Apple's supply chain strategy was recently published I think in BusinessWeek. It was a very in-depth piece and I remember this because on of the writers, Peter Burroughs, worked with me at EB too long ago to mention. It was an investigative piece that I believe Apple did not cooperate with. Maybe this was the nudge that lead to this report--either way, interesting stuff.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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