Is Apple Pulling the Plug on Samsung?

Is Apple Pulling the Plug on Samsung?

February 26, 2018

Apple gained a key advantage by offering the iPhone X with OLED screens. And the screen is also one of the reasons for the hefty price tag.

Interestingly, the sole source of supply for the screens is Samsung, one of Apple’s biggest rivals. As a sole source provider, Samsung gains insights into its competitor’s sales, while generating revenue from those sales.

Now, Apple is dropping its orders by up to 50% this quarter, leaving Samsung with extra capacity for OLED screens. And it leaves us all wondering, what’s the next move for these tech giants?

This post is based on the Forbes article, Apple’s Cunning iPhone X Plans Are Causing Problems for Samsung, by Ewan Spence, February 19, 2018. 

Discussion Questions
1. What are the potential issues with this type of sourcing strategy?

Guidance: Obviously, one of the issues for the customer, is giving a competitor access to projected sales.  Most organizations don’t like to share this information.  With a single source of supply, a company is also vulnerable because there isn’t a backup supplier.

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Wendy’s and DoorDash

Wendy’s and DoorDash

December 28, 2017

Article Title: Wendy’s will deliver your next Baconator through DoorDash

Author of Article: Mallory Locklear

Date of article: December 1, 2017

Source URL: https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/01/wendys-deliver-baconator-doordash/

Wendy’s has partnered with DoorDash to deliver food to customers’ homes, taking advantage of the trend for restaurants to add delivery to their offerings.

By partnering with DoorDash, Wendy is better able to compete with other fast food restaurants like Taco Bell, KFC, and McDonald’s as more and more fast food customers prefer having food delivered to their house in new ways using drones, self-driving cars, and robots.

Discussion Questions
1. What are the challenges of operating a fast food restaurant?

Guidance: Discussion may focus on speed of delivery, labor intensiveness, capital intensiveness, and demand fluctuation.

2. How does Wendy’s partnership with DoorDash meet the challenges of operating a fast food restaurant?

Guidance:  Two key benefits: lower overhead and faster delivery by partnering with DoorDash to operate as a “virtual” restaurant

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