Tag: Apple iPhone supply chain challenges

Apple Leverages Clout and Influence to Attempt Aggressive New Product Introductions Within the Shadows of COVID-19

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights Apple’s planned 2020 new product introductions and speculates how the consumer electronics giant will leverage its aggressiveness and clout to overcome likely COVID-19 related challenges and constraints.

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Report Reveals Apple’s Procurement Management Practices Which Are Not Necessarily Collaborative

The Supply Chain Matters blog calls attention to a published report exposing Apple’s procurement management practices which are not necessarily collaborative, and which is certain to fuel ongoing debate as to whether extracting aggressive cost savings from suppliers adds to sustaining product innovation.

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Apple Indeed Assessing Some Movement of Production from China

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights of more definitive reports indicating that Apple’s is indeed assessing a shift of some of its iPhone and other consumer electronics manufacturing out of China. The effort appears in an assessment phase for upwards of 30 percent of current production, and if consummated could result in a permanent shifting of some manufacturing sourcing.

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Foxconn Discloses Contingency Production Sourcing Readiness for High Tech Products

According to a published report, Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s prime contract manufacturer is ready to shift production out of China if becomes necessary. The revelation came in the contract manufacturer’s first-ever investor meeting and conference call.

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Breaking News: Apple Resets Revenue Expectations for the Holiday Quarter in a Thud Heard Round the World

In a direct letter to Apple investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook dramatically lowered revenue guidance by $5 billion for the current fiscal quarter that ended on December 31. He further pointed to revenue expectations hampered by supply network constraints.

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Added Reports of Cutbacks Within Apple’s Supply Network Imply Broader Implications

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights added reports related to reduced long-term demand for Apple iPhones, the consequent implications across Apple’s supplier networks, and a likely broader concern for high-tech and consumer electronics supply networks in 2019.

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Apple Shares in Freefall Due to Effect of Product Strategy and Supply Network Implications

Financial headlines this week are keenly focused on a building decline in technology stocks being led by Apple and its perceived shifting of iPhone product strategy that is now cascading across the hardware supply network.

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Apple’s Fiscal Q4 2018 Financial Performance- The Building Realities Hardware Supply Network Segmentation Strategy

Apple stock is in a current downspin after reporting its best quarterly financial performance in the history of the company. With a concern and focus on whether the company’s future iPhone’s strategy will be lower volume, higher margin hardware and related services generated margins, the implication for the supply network segmentation and supplier relationship strategies remain concerning.

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