In my opinion the real reason for all this uproar against a company like Apple using the services of Foxconn is not that we are the saviours of human rights but because we are loosing those thousands of jobs which the Americans would have kept, had not the greedy American executives used those cheap labor chinese factories to increase their profit margins.
I own nothing, use no products from - not even "free" applications - from Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola Mobility, or Nokia.
I do not shop at Wall Mart.
Granted, due the massive loss of nearly all our manufacturing capacity overseas, and very much to China, I cannot get along totally without buying goods that are manufactured in China. It is, alas, thanks to Republican "economic policy" starting with Reagan, impossible to get along without feeding the beast at least somewhat.
These conditions COULD be fixed. We could demand that in exchange for an import license any company - and any and all of its suppliers - agree to abide by U.S. workplace safety standards, including breaks etc. And that the companies must agree to allow inspections at any time, anywhere, without prior notice.
But it won't happen. Not as long as someone -- not me - keeps electing Republicans to congress.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
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.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.