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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Blockchain for Mangos

Blockchain for Mangos

February 26, 2018

Blockchain technology has been making the news lately through its implementation in Bitcoin.  The food industry is looking at this technology to track items as they move through the supply chain.

The intent is to create transparency in the supply chain.  As proof of concept, IBM worked with Walmart to track pork from China, and mangos in the United States.  Before the blockchain test, it took Walmart 6 days, 18 hours and 26 minutes to trace a shipment of mangos back to its source.

With blockchain, it took 2.2 seconds.

Blockchain technology is a chain of blocks of information.  These blocks are stored on an open shared ledger through a distributed computer network.  Once the block is recorded it is extremely difficult (almost impossible) to change thus providing security to the system.

This post is based on the Progressive Grocer article, Grocers Embrace Blockchain in New Era of Transparency, by Jenny McTaggart, February 16, 2018. 

Discussion Questions
1. What advantage does blockchain provide to the supply chain?

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