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Samsung and Apple, the world's top two phone manufacturers are locked in a court battle that's threatening their supplier-client relationship.  (Source: Into Mobile/AP)

Ultimately Samsung's device business -- whose revenue grew 500 percent last quarter -- is more valuable to it then its fast-growing (but not THAT fast growing) supplier business.
Analysts suggests Apple's customers may hardly notice the difference, even if they're paying more





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RE: Clutching at straws
By Tony Swash on 9/27/2011 1:29:43 PM , Rating: 2
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How do you know this? If you make a statement, you've got to back it up with proof. If you're right, it'd be nice to see this verified.


The web is littered with such evidence. All of 30 seconds in Google found this:

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7 June 2010

A report by AMR Research has named Apple as the company with best supply chain practices in the world for the third year running.

AMR praised Apple’s “embedded innovation, networked supply and demand shaping”. It also highlighted the company’s effective use of vertical integration as a strategy, in particular the purchase of chipmaker Intrinsity “acquired by Apple to ‘steal a march’ on competitors looking to enhance the performance of mobile devices”.

In a feature exploring the secret behind Apple’s success, SM found the company’s ability to bring together two sides of the supply chain (digital and physical) efficiently and at increasingly low cost is a central plank to its rise to global dominance.
Kevin O’Marah and Debra Hofman, the authors of the AMR report, noted that responsibility for the supply chain is moving to board level. “Twenty years ago, a typical product company had the supply chain reporting to manufacturing, with responsibility mainly for inbound materials management and outbound shipping.

“New data shows that supply chain reports to manufacturing in only 6 per cent of companies surveyed, while 61 per cent have the head of supply chain reporting directly to the CEO, general manager or president of the business. It seems clear that supply chain has grown up and the business has taken notice.”

The report also noted that there is growing evidence of a link between effective supply chain activities and good financial results.

http://www.amr-research.com/


and this

http://quickbooksmanufacturing.wordpress.com/2011/...

and this

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3 June 2011 | Adam Leach

Apple’s supply chain has been rated the best in the world for the fourth consecutive year.
According to the annual supply chain ranking compiled by research company Gartner (following their acquisition of previous ranking publisher AMR Research), the California-based technology firm scored consistently strongly in each category, but particularly highly in the ‘peer opinion’ category – which fellow supply chain professionals are asked for their views – and ‘Gartner opinion’ category – which takes into account the view of Gartner researchers. The rank is based on a range of factors, including financial performance, inventory and revenue growth, in addition to opinions.


http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2011/apple-re...

Like I said clutching at straws and then denying they snapped off in your hand. A lot of you sound desperate to me :)


RE: Clutching at straws
By wiz220 on 9/27/2011 2:42:39 PM , Rating: 5
LOL

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"demand shaping”


What a great marketing term for, "manipulating the idiot masses".


RE: Clutching at straws
By The Insolent One on 9/27/2011 3:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
"Idiot masses"
Of which you and I are part of.

The first and most crucial part to being manipulated is thinking that only "the idiot masses" are.


RE: Clutching at straws
By Pirks on 9/27/2011 4:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you think the people who are not experts in computers are necessarily idiots?

Maybe they are great English literature or automotive engine experts for instance, and they too think that whoever is not an English literature or an automotive engine expert must be an idiot :)

So, have you ever thought that those people may also consider YOU an idiot, huh?


RE: Clutching at straws
By Tony Swash on 9/27/11, Rating: 0
RE: Clutching at straws
By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2011 7:02:24 PM , Rating: 3
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Thinking like that, dismissing millions of people as idiots, is a defence mechanism.


Millions of people listen to country music. Millions of people don't bathe every day. Millions of people thought Rebecca Black's "Friday" was a good song. Millions of people get fat and die. Millions of people will buy something just because it's shiny and new.

We could go on and on, you see my point. It's not a defense mechanism, it's a value judgment. In this case, a valid one.


RE: Clutching at straws
By snakeInTheGrass on 9/27/2011 8:25:02 PM , Rating: 1
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Millions of people get fat and die.


Hahaha - news flash! Everyone dies. Not a value judgement.


RE: Clutching at straws
By Tony Swash on 9/27/11, Rating: 0
RE: Clutching at straws
By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2011 9:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
Coming from YOU that means next to nothing lol.


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