Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fewer car dealers, higher dealer sales, how about the customer

A Wall Street Journal article (February 23, 2011) describes growth in demand at car dealerships – the result of the auto recovery but also the elimination of about 20 % of the dealers the last few years and elimination of … Continue reading

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Sick workers at Apple’s supplier and OEM’s responsibility

A New York Times article (February 23, 2011) describes worker complaints at an Apple supplier, Wintek, and their plant in China that uses the n-hexane agent to cleaning glass panels for the Apple iPhone.  The cleaning agent was used for … Continue reading

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Pepsico’s guaranteed price corn purchases from small farmers in Mexico

An article in the International Herald Tribune (February 22, 2011) describes Pepsico’s guaranteed price purchase (upfront) of corn from small farmers in Mexico. The farmers use the contract to buy seeds, fertilizer and equipment. Buying from these farms close to … Continue reading

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Eliminating a Shared Public database of Injury Report

An article in the International Herald Tribune (February 22, 2011) describes an effort by the US Congress to eliminate funding for a shared public database listing all injury reports for products like cribs, strollers etc. But opponents worry that the … Continue reading

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Choosing the Apple option or the Google option – a quandry for publishers

An article in the New York Times (February 21, 2011) summarizes two choices for publishers wanting electronic magazine sales – go through the iTunes store and pay Apple 30 % and get no consumer information, or go through Google and … Continue reading

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Is Apple more like Zara ? How can the ipad be sold for $ 500 ?

A article in WIRED magazine (February 21, 2011, Brian X. Chen) asks the question – how can the ipad be sold for $ 500 when other manufacturers cannot attain that price ? The answer suggested is that Apple is, for … Continue reading

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New Flu vaccine manufacturing process and impact

A New York Times article (February 20, 2011) reports on a faster manufacturing process for flu vaccines – using animal cells vs using chicken eggs. The new manufacturing process is reported to be faster by six weeks and with lower … Continue reading

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