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Asean: outsourcing from near and far

Asean: outsourcing from near and far | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

The great outsourcing story used to be from Europe to India (IT) and China (manufacturing). But now southeast Asian countries are the preferred destination, and not just for western companies. India and China are outsourcing to their Asean neighbours too.

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Apple expands audits, says China labour agent forged documents

Apple expands audits, says China labour agent forged documents | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Apple Inc expanded internal audits of suppliers and identified a Chinese labour agent hiring underage workers as the world’s most-valuable company moves to boost conditions for people making iPhones and iPads.

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Growth window slams shut on open economies

Growth window slams shut on open economies | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

South-East Asia has become an island of hope in a sea of global economic troubles, according to a World Bank report.


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Global clothing industry fails to come up with a long-term solution to fix working conditions

Global clothing industry fails to come up with a long-term solution to fix working conditions | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
About a year and a half before a fire at a clothing factory in Bangladesh killed 112 people in November, executives from Wal-Mart, Gap and other big retailers met nearby to discuss ways to prevent the unsafe working conditions that have made such tragedies common.
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Analysis: SE Asian governments gamble on making cheap labor less cheap

Analysis: SE Asian governments gamble on making cheap labor less cheap | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

After years of profiting from cheap labor, Southeast Asian businesses paying wages low enough to undercut China are being forced to accept it is time they paid people a bit more.

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Samsung says to fix outsourcing issues, but keep most production inhouse

Samsung says to fix outsourcing issues, but keep most production inhouse | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics Co plans to keep the bulk of its manufacturing inhouse but reiterated a pledge to improve working conditions at its suppliers after admitting excessive overtime and fines for employees in China, a senior executive said on Friday.

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Thailand, Indonesia Leading Southeast Asia's Photovoltaic Market

Total cumulative photovoltaic installations in Southeast Asia are forecast to reach almost 5GW by 2016, according to the latest report from IMS Research.

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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 15, 2:50 PM

With the rise on green energy and less reliance on fossil fuels, solar panels has been making its way into the spotlight. Photovoltaic panels help absorb energy given to us from the sun and converts it into usable and sustainable energy. The rise in this industry has been booming in regions of Southeast Asia like Thailand and Indonesia where the population is immense. With the onset of global warming it is predicted that solar panel use will rise by 50% each year from this point on in order to help cope with climate change. I believe that with the proper help and finances, eventually everyone will begin resorting to photovoltaic technology in a way to think green and help preserve the environment 

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Rumor: Foxconn Planning a Factory in the US

Rumor: Foxconn Planning a Factory in the US | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Well here’s some news you probably didn’t see coming: Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn is rumored to be planning a manufacturing plant in the United States according to Taiwan’s Digitimes. The company, which has most of its factories in China at present, produces many of the most popular electronic devices (including Apple devices) and employs a huge number of workers.

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Study Shows Ford Climbs to #3 Overall in 'Working Relations' With Suppliers; Honda and Toyota Still #1 and #2, but Slipping; GM Gaining

Study Shows Ford Climbs to #3 Overall in 'Working Relations' With Suppliers; Honda and Toyota Still #1 and #2, but Slipping; GM Gaining | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

The annual study tracks supplier perceptions of their working relations with the top three U.S. and top three Japanese automakers across 14 commodity purchasing areas. This year 646 sales personnel from 510 suppliers participated, providing data for nearly 2,500 buying situations.

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As China Costs Rise, US Factories Return Home

As China Costs Rise, US Factories Return Home | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Seesmart Inc (SEST.PK), a small California lighting company, used to make all of its LED products in China, but last year that started to change. Frustrated by expensive and slow shipping and wanting more control over the manufacturing process, the 15-year-old company started building factories in Simi Valley, California, and Crystal Lake, Illinois.

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Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam Ranked Top Emerging Markets

According to the Business Perspectives on Emerging Markets 2012-2017 Report by Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) will retain their leading positions as the worlds’ top emerging markets for 2012-2017. In a ranking of the top 30 emerging markets international companies plan to target in 2012-2017, most of the non-BRIC emerging markets are in Asia or Latin America, with Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico, Turkey and Argentina ranking highest amongst secondary emerging markets.

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Changing Manufacturing in a Changing World

Changing Manufacturing in a Changing World | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

One thing we’ve learned over the past several decades is that we live in an ever-changing world. There was a time when America was the unquestioned global leader in manufacturing. That changed to include Germany and Japan… which, in turn, changed to include China and other nations. Now, there is ample evidence that our world is changing or about to change once again. Are we ready for this change and will this change be good for us?

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The Thriller That Will Teach You How To Manage a Factory

The Thriller That Will Teach You How To Manage a Factory | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
When I began to gather information for this Slate series on operations management, I asked a few business-school professors to recommend books I might read on the topic.
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Waiting for the sun to shine again

Waiting for the sun to shine again | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Chinese solar panel makers confident of prospects in Europe, despite EU's anti-dumping investigation

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Hon Hai shows interest in buying Sharp's TV plant in Mexico

Hon Hai shows interest in buying Sharp's TV plant in Mexico | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics maker, has expressed relatively high interest in acquiring Japan-based Sharp Corp.'s TV assembly plant in Mexico.


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Manufacturing domestically allows control over supply chain

Manufacturing domestically allows control over supply chain | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
U.S. manufacturers who remain on the fence regarding the continuing cost effectiveness of overseas production could take a lesson from the Duchess of Cambridge, according to the BBC.
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Nash Petropoulos's comment, January 21, 2013 7:21 PM
interesting counter-argument to outsourcing
Amanda Scardamaglia's comment, January 21, 2013 8:47 PM
Fascinating take on how manufacturing domestically allows manufacturers to take advantage of the 'Kate Middleton' effect.
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TONELSON: Apple's made-in-USA plan fuels wishful thinking

TONELSON: Apple's made-in-USA plan fuels wishful thinking | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
Sorry to spoil the party, but I am completely unimpressed with Apple’s announcement last week that it will resume manufacturing some computers in the United States next year. I’m even less impressed with the larger narrative continually fed by such news for months — that America is reclaiming from an over-the-hill China the mantle of global industrial leadership.
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US Mac production likely to still rely on Foxconn, not American companies

US Mac production likely to still rely on Foxconn, not American companies | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Though Apple will be bringing production of one full Mac lineup to the U.S. next year, it's likely that the primary supplier will be Taiwanese company Foxconn, which is planning an expansion to America.

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'Top apparel exporter' status beckons Bangladesh

Global buyers are now turning their focus onto Bangladesh for long-term apparel sourcing as the country has the potential to supply quality garment products. It can also beat China to become the largest exporting country, industry insiders said.

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Suzuki to exit US, focus on emerging markets

Suzuki Motor will pull out of the US car market after almost three decades, following Saab Automobile and Isuzu Motors among automakers making exits after failing to earn profits in the country.

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Lenovo to open first U.S. manufacturing plant in N.C.

Lenovo to open first U.S. manufacturing plant in N.C. | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
Lenovo said it will open its first computer manufacturing plant in the U.S., where it will make laptops, PCs and tablets sold under its Think brand.
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U.S. Factories Leaving China?

U.S. Factories Leaving China? | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

U.S. companies are leaving China and heading to other parts of the world, including back home. One of the reasons, of course, is rising wage costs in mainland China compared to other nations in the region, and declining wages in the U.S.

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Tim Lee overseeing GM's China operations to take charge of global manufacturing

Tim Lee overseeing GM's China operations to take charge of global manufacturing | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

The executive in charge of General Motors' growing China operations has been placed in charge of GM's global manufacturing, a role that includes oversight of vehicle production in the automaker's troubled European unit.

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Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the USA

Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the USA | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Etched into the base of Google’s new wireless home media player that was introduced on Wednesday is its most intriguing feature. On the underside of the Nexus Q is a simple inscription: “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.”

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Could Africa be world's next manufacturing hub?

Could Africa be world's next manufacturing hub? | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

With domestic labor costs rising, many Asian manufacturing producers are now looking to relocate their factories in other regions of the world. Could Africa replace Asia and/or China as the world's next manufacturing hub?

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