How HP Assesses Offshore Labor Conditions

Apple Inc. has been under scrutiny for its self-audit of labor conditions within the factories of its foreign manufacturing partners.(See: What Did Apple’s Supply Chain Audit Uncover? Part 1 and How Will Apple Fix Its Supply Chain Problems? Part 2.) Other major OEMs, such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and NEC have also been cited by third-party…

HP Posts Q1

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2011. Net revenue of $32.3 billion was up 4% from the prior-year period both as reported and in constant currency. GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $1.17, up 26% from $0.93 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP…

Are Suppliers Facing Tough Choices?

Tablet computers and smartphones are eating notebooks' lunch in more ways than one. It looks as if component makers may have to choose between meeting demand in the high-flying tablet and smartphone markets, or in the more staid notebook market. Last week, EBN contributing editors Marc Hermann and Jennifer Baljko reported on supply concerns expressed…

Internet of Things

We need to restructure the DNA blocks of the electronics supply chain. Why? The evidence is piling up that a new world of electronics is dawning, and the supply chain must gear up to support this fascinating but intimidating future. Twitter gave us the first hint of the power that could be unleashed on the…

Apple Responds to Workers’ Rights Abuses

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} did the right thing by auditing its business partners and taking corrective action to ensure the safety and fair treatment of workers throughout its supply chain. Apple's 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report highlighted a number of problems that haven't yet been widely publicized, such as the use of underage labor; the misuse of…

MWC: Parts Challenges Ahead for Mobile Vendors

Supply chain managers, brace yourselves. Mobile is taking off in all sorts of exciting and demanding ways, and making sure there are enough products in the pipeline could be the electronics industry’s next pressure test. Based on the chatter at the World Mobile Congress, which kicked off today in Barcelona, the idealistic, always-connected mobile world…