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Ariella
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Ariella   12/12/2012 8:25:06 AM
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@Bolaji looking forward to it!

Bolaji Ojo
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Bolaji Ojo   12/12/2012 6:31:30 AM
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My next headline: Back in Vogue: Made in the US.

Ariella
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Ariella   12/11/2012 7:01:55 PM
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@Bolaji I'm sure you're right about that.  Ultimately, businesses decide on a direction based on what they believe will benefit their bottom line. Neowin notes that while there's been quite a bit of buzz generated by Apple's announcement, the fact is that HP has American factories at work already:

This week, HP quietly posted word on its website that it already assembles many of its PCs in the U.S. That includes all of its workstations in a factory in Indiana, as well as 36 percent of its business desktop PCs. HP servers are made in Houston, Texas. HP says, "In 2012, we expect to assemble 2.9 million PC units in the United States."

News.com reports that even some of HP's business EliteBook laptops are assembled in North America, although there's no specific city or state named by HP. And what about consumer PCs? Tony Prophet, senior vice president of operations at HP, states, "We're marginally moving even some consumer PC [assembly] back to North America. Doing less of that in China."

 

Bolaji Ojo
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Bolaji Ojo   12/11/2012 5:57:03 PM
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Ariella, To remove that air of cynicism, I could change my vote to say it was a "patriotic decision" by Apple to rescue the US economy (thank goodness they didn't announce this before the US presidential elections!). However, I would be deceiving myself because the reality is that this is a purely business decision. Removing the negative cloud is a business decision.

Ariella
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Ariella   12/11/2012 11:58:06 AM
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We appear to be a somewhat cynical lot. The top choice is "to liminate negative PR," followd by "to save cost." Less than 20% consider it "a patriotic move to create US jobs."

Bolaji Ojo
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Bolaji Ojo   12/10/2012 6:31:08 PM
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An old wise executive I used to know likes to say "You can do good by doing good". I am not sure if this was original to this gentleman Pasquale Pictorio, formerly CEO of STMicroelectronics, but the reality is that Apple could do worse than move some manufacturing to the US at a time it is being pounded in the press for what's happening at plants in China that make products for it.

Bolaji Ojo
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Bolaji Ojo   12/10/2012 6:28:19 PM
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Gene, I absolutely agree Apple's decision makes business sense. The fallout from its engagements in China and the impact on its public image have taken a toll on the company although this may not be so easily seen considering its roaring sales. The smartest executives know how to anticipate the wind of change and make sure they are ready for it. Apple may not move most manufacturing out of China but it does seem in my opinion to make sense that it shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket.

Bolaji Ojo
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Bolaji Ojo   12/10/2012 6:28:04 PM
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Gene, I absolutely agree Apple's decision makes business sense. The fallout from its engagements in China and the impact on its public image have taken a toll on the company although this may not be so easily seen considering its roaring sales. The smartest executives know how to anticipate the wind of change and make sure they are ready for it. Apple may not move most manufacturing out of China but it does seem in my opinion to make sense that it shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket.

 

Wale Bakare
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Re: Apple's Reshoring Move
Wale Bakare   12/10/2012 10:40:23 AM
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>>America remains one of Apple's biggest markets. Foxconn has announced that it is working on plans with M.I.T. to "help train Americans" in manufacturing technologies.<<

I think US and/or North America markets will forever be largest base for Apple's products. And for Apple to maintain that - NOT DESIGNED IN US, MANUFACTURED IN CHINA. Rather, people would love to have both - DESIGNED & MANUFACTURED IN US.

Gene Weiner
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Apple's Reshoring Move
Gene Weiner   12/7/2012 2:16:59 PM
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It is a good business decision and most likely part of a complex larger strategy between Apple and its major supply chain. Minimum labor rates and social costs in China where most of Apple's products are assembled by Foxconn (Hon Hai)  have been increasing annually for years. Labor unrest and suicides at Foxconn has gained international notoriety during recent times. Foxconn's new manufacturing facilities under construction in Chengdu are reported to sport 10 foot high fences around the roofs (to prevent leaps by workers?). America remains one of Apple's biggest markets. Foxconn has announced that it is working on plans with M.I.T. to "help train Americans" in manufacturing technologies. They note that the American engineers would have the opportunity to learn Chinese during their training periods in Taiwan/China. As Sherlock might have said, 'Methinks the game is afoot".

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