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Michael Dell, Dell’s chairman and CEO.  (Source: Dell)
Dell takes steps to save $3B USD over the next three years

Dell is continuing its efforts to cut costs and an Austin, TX desktop manufacturing plant looks to be the latest victim. As is the case with many U.S.-based companies these days, Dell will cut jobs and rely even more on overseas manufacturing "to restore the competitive advantage of the company’s operating model."

The Austin plant closure is a part of a five-point Dell growth plan which will focus on global consumer, enterprise, notebooks, small and medium enterprise and emerging countries. By removing the Austin plant from its portfolio, Dell hopes to make a sizeable dent in the $3B in savings that it hopes to realize over the next three years.

"We believe we have a $3 billion opportunity to drive both productivity and efficiency," said Dell CEO Michael Dell. "We’ve analyzed the business and opportunity, so we know -- without question -- where our priorities should be. And as we’ve reignited growth in our business, we’re taking deliberate steps across the company to improve our competitive position."

Dell's insistence on reaching thing $3B figure will also come at the expense of 8,800 jobs. This is in addition to the 3,200 employees that were removed from the mix during fiscal 2008 -- 900 of which came as a result of a Canadian call center closure.

Other cost-saving measures that Dell has already taken include the closing of its 140 Dell Direct Store kiosks across the U.S. To make up for the loss of the kiosks, Dell expanded its presence in big box retailers like Wal-Mart and Staples.

"We expect that these actions, along with the continuing rigor we’re applying to operating expense control throughout our operations, will result in an improved, world-class cost structure," added Dell CFO Don Carty.

Despite the outsourcing and layoffs, Dell is moving along quite swiftly with product development. The company recently leaked its future notebook plans including the Latitude XT2 tablet and the Latitude E4200 and E4300 notebooks. The company also revealed a new, low-cost Blu-ray option for the Inspiron 1525 notebook.

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RE: April Fools?
By FITCamaro on 4/1/2008 2:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
including my fiance

Ah well that must make it imaginary dog says we're not so does that count as much as her vote?

The fact is it has been shown that 90% of what determines what happens is what people are made to believe will happen. If the media makes people believe we are in a recession (as they're happy to do because bad news is good news), we'll likely go into one. If they don't, then we're less likely to. Breeding fear that everything is about to collapse will cause it to because everyone will stop doing things. I'm not saying to go out and take every risk you can, but I don't think people need to stop investing, stop shopping entirely, etc.

One thing that I do think could actually worsen things is the Democrats repealing the tax cuts. One because it means those of us who actually pay taxes will have less to spend. Two because it means we have less to invest. And three because it will also repeal some of the cuts on the capitol gains tax which further discourages investing.

People's votes will determine that though. So if you like getting less of your paycheck (or don't care because hey, you don't pay taxes anyway), vote for Obama, Hillary, and any other Democrat in favor of repealing the tax cuts.

RE: April Fools?
By Ringold on 4/2/2008 10:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
JustTom said everything I'd of said, so no point rehashing that. To JustTom: Democrats, liberals, and other extremists, unfortunately, are not interested in statistics, historical comparisons, or anything else -- unless it serves their purposes. :(

I got on the horn with my life-long Democrat mother earlier today, and mentioned the positive ADP jobs report for March; "I don't want to hear that right-wing propaganda."

The fact is it has been shown that 90% of what determines what happens is what people are made to believe will happen.

FIT, read this:,2933,343671,00.html

The power of the MSM is.. depressing. Those people have the OP eating out of the palm of their hand.

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