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How many hours should Chinese workers work at Foxconn’s plant ?

An article in the New York Times (March 31, 2012) suggests that only 18% of the Chinese employees at Foxconn’s plant have complaints about working longer than the Chinese government mandated maximum of 49 hours each week, with overtime for … Continue reading

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Will Apple succeed in changing supplier working conditions ?

An article in the New York Times (March 7,2012) describes pressures to improve Apple’s supplier, FoxConn’s working conditions, and the comparison to apparel supply chains. Unlike apparel supply chains, Apple’s products have higher margins, require quick response to design adjustments, … Continue reading

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JIT workers and Sales Impact

A Wall Street Journal article (July 27, 2011) describes the 2009 sales drop of 4.5 % and employment drop of 8.3 % and a ten year growth of 19 % while private sector jobs dropped 2 million.  One concept described … Continue reading

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