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Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations

Samsung has threatened to cut ties with a key supplier after the latter was accused of hiring children to work in its factory. Last week, Child Labor Watch (CLW) claimed the Chinese firm Dongguan Shinyang Electronics employed underage workers during busy periods - and then paid them a pittance. Now Samsung has announced it will …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Jul 2014
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NHS supplier Trustmarque seeks backers after accounting change

The future of major NHS supplier Trustmarque looks less certain after private equity backer Dunedin confirmed that a change in the way revenue is recognised has created a “funding gap”. The venture capitalist was the vital cog in the £43m management buy-out at York-headquartered Trustmarque, a top table Microsoft partner that …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2014
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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014
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Samsung supplier halts assembly line amid child-labor probe

Debt collectors are literally circling the factory of a Chinese supplier to Samsung, where the assembly line remains halted following allegations that it hired underage workers. Samsung, which claims to have a "zero tolerance policy on child labor," said in a statement last week that it had temporarily suspended its relationship …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2014

Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

Tech manufacturers and their third party suppliers have profiteered by ignoring the real demands of SME customers in the pursuit of extra margin, or so says the CEO at a print hardware and services biz. The, er, revelatory piece of info was announced by Steve Francis, boss at print solutions company Danwood. Francis was …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2014
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Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

A botched network upgrade at the Houses of Parliament caused comms bottlenecks, web outages and continuing capacity woes – and could yet delay the full rollout of Office 365 for our lords and masters. Director of Parliamentary ICT Joan Miller emailed staff on 4 March to apologise for the "frustrating and inconvenient" episode …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2014
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Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

Samsung is once again under fire from a watchdog that claims the South Korean leviathan sources components from suppliers that employ child laborers. China Labor Watch (CLW) on Thursday identified a factory called Shinyang Electronics, located in Dongguan, China, that it alleges hires children to work long hours for little pay …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2014
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Storage array supplier Dot Hill: Revenues are down, but so are losses

Storage array supplier to OEMs has less to be dismal about with declining revenues but much less of a loss in its second quarter. The business isn't growing, but at least it is not shrinking. Revenues for the second calendar 2014 quarter were $48.2m, the same as the previous quarter but 8.4 per cent down on the year-ago quarter …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2014

Apple supplier's '11-hours-a-day' toilers have '1 day off a month'

A Hong Kong rights group has accused supplier Biel Crystal of mistreating workers who are making touchscreens for Apple, Samsung and other smartphone makers. The Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) released a report which claimed that Biel was forcing employees to work 11-hour shifts, seven days a week …

Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

London's Metropolitan Police has defended its use of a single supplier procurement standard after it penned a four-year deal with IT hardware outfit Insight, claiming it could yield cost savings of up to ten per cent over the contract's lifetime. The previous buying arrangement that London cops had with SCC under the Sprint ii …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014
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It's a Brit Apple supplier BORG: Two become one £80m fruity tech titan

Private equity-backed Jigsaw24 has swallowed fellow Apple supplier Square Group for an undisclosed sum to create a circa £80m powerhouse in the fruit-branded channel. NorthEdge Capital took a stake in Jigsaw24 in April '13, providing the Nottingham-based dealer with an investment fund to speed up growth both organically and via …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2014

Brit education tech supplier comes back to life after collapse

The company formerly known as Tribune Business Systems is about to be reanimated after Dubai-based investment firm VMS bought it out of administration in a classic pre-pack arrangement. As revealed this week, the London-based education supplier called in receivers FRP Advisory after failing to secure additional investment. All …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014
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Brit schools' supplier Tribune Business Systems RUBBED OUT

Education tech supplier Tribune Business Systems (TBS) has gone into administration due to crippling cash flow issues with FRP Advisory handling the affairs. CEO Sheldon Stoutt was understood to have been looking for additional investment but this did not materialise, and the company called in the receivers in the middle of last …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014

Uh, Obama? Did you miss a zero or two off Samsung's Chinese supplier 'fib' settlement?

Samsung Electronics America has agreed to settle with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over claims the company lied about where its products were made. The DoJ accused Sammy of violating the Trade Agreements Act, which requires gear purchased by the government be sourced either directly from US manufacturers or countries with …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2014

TSMC sole supplier of Apple's A8? NO WAY, says Samsung, US TOO

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may not have the exclusive contract to fab Apple's next-generation mobile processor, the A8, after all, as had previously been suggested. Last week, China's Commercial Times reported that TSMC had ramped up production of the new chip and that it would replace Apple's erstwhile …
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2014

SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

Updated GT Advanced Technologies, the struggling materials firm that was once tapped to provide durable sapphire glass for Apple, says it will cut staff and close its sapphire manufacturing plants as it moves toward bankruptcy protection. In documents filed with the New Hampshire bankruptcy court on Friday, GT said the "cash burn" at …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2014
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UK.gov IT supplier catalogue G-Cloud 4 goes titsup

Gremlins in the system have caused approved government supplier catalogue CloudStore to crash this morning - not that any tech buyers in public sector would have been crying into their cornflakes. A Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed work took place over the weekend in preparation for today's relaunch of the G-Cloud 4 framework …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2013

Systemax's Euro tentacle set to buy ailing schools supplier RM

Exclusive The word sweeping through the technology channel is that big changes are afoot at education supplier RM with the parent of reseller Misco understood to be acquiring the software and services business. Sources claimed that talks between the LSE-listed RM and NYSE-listed firm Systemax, which trades in Europe as Misco and Inmac …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2013
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Usual suspects make UK.gov Digital Services supplier list

Some 183 suppliers have bagged a place on a nine-month, £40m public sector framework to bid for digital services project work, with a third of the firms new to government work. A tender was issued by Government Procurement Services in July. It had been looking for a maximum of 999 suppliers to provide software engineering and …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013

Wanna slice of £6bn? Set up an IT supplier and apply to the UK.gov

The tender for the UK government's colossal IT supply framework, worth up to £6bn over four years, has finally landed on the desks of would-be suppliers – months after it was first expected. UK.gov procurement body Crown Commercial Services has dispatched copies of the Computer Equipment and Supplies (CES) tender, initially …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

Aria Technology has received a telling-off from the Advertising Standards Agency for failing to respond to a complaint about a hard drive promotion which the toothless watchdog deemed to be "misleading". The Manchester-based reseller was put on the ASA naughty step over a "500 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA III Hard Drive - Clean …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2014
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Suitors line up to bid for cash-challenged NHS supplier

Top brass at Trustmarque Solutions are locked in talks with interested parties in a bid to sell the financially challenged biz this week – at least that is the plan. As exclusively revealed by us earlier this week, Dunedin, private equity backers of the York-based licensing specialist, claimed a change in revenue recognition in …
Paul Kunert, 04 Sep 2014

KPMG: UK tech supplier takes on 'majority' of customers from titsup Glasshouse

More than half the workers at defunct storage consultancy Glasshouse Technologies have been chopped after administrator KPMG failed to find an investor to secure the business as a going concern. Glasshouse simply ran out of cash and called in the receivers late last month just days before it was due to defend itself against a …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

Shaken Oz reader Christopher Scott has been in touch to say he's just stumbled upon a transdimensional rift, spotted by Street View's all-seeing eye menacing Ringwood, Victoria: Strange tear in the fabric of space time in the skies above Ringwood It's difficult to ascertain just what lies beyond this sinister portal ripped …
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2013
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Peak Apple: Yet ANOTHER supplier reports drop in demand

A key Apple supplier has hinted that its revenue from Cupertino has plummeted in recent months. Laird Plc, which makes heat-control components and electromagnetic shielding for use in wireless devices, said revenue from its "largest customer" fell 17 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2012 …
Jasper Hamill, 03 May 2013
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Apple supplier Foxconn could still take a bite out of Sharp

Sharp has said that it is still in talks with Foxconn for an investment that would make the Apple supplier the largest shareholder in the firm. The struggling Japanese company already struck a deal with Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, for a stake in exchange for some much-needed cash. But Hon Hai backed off …

Micron buys Apple supplier Elpida for $2bn, becomes world's No 2 DRAM baker

The chip firm from Boise, Idaho, has done well – Micron has finally closed its deal to buy bankrupt Japanese DRAM-maker Elpida. This means Micron is now the number two DRAM chip-maker in the world after Samsung. Elpida's plant in Hiroshima, Japan For around $2.5bn, Micron gets Elpida's 300mm DRAM fab and has also bought a 24 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

Juniper in shock dump of biggest supplier

Juniper Networks has dumped its biggest manufacturer Plexus from a huge contract to make switches and network gear. Juniper had said that it was cutting the number of suppliers it uses and Plexus announced yesterday that it was one of the firms getting the axe. "This is very surprising news to us given our recent communications …

Chairman grabs CEO's chair at British Airways' IT and comms supplier

KCom Group recorded a first-half year profit slide on the back of infrastructure and fibre optic investments with a downturn in business broadband and large enterprise integration work not helping. Despite the slight stumble for the six months to 30 September, the LSE-listed telco – which provides comms to private and public …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
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Locked-up crims write prison software that puts squeeze on grub supplier

Prisoners serving time in an Oklahoma penitentiary have written software to monitor the institution's canteen that could save the state $20m a year – and which has raised some awkward questions for one of the prison's outside suppliers. Two criminals in the Joseph Harp Correctional Center – one doing time for murder and another …
Iain Thomson, 02 Nov 2013

Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

Manufacturers have slammed the UK government for its "poor communication" and "lack of clarity" over the high speed Broadband UK (BDUK) programme. In a survey of 134 manufacturers by representative body the Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF), 40 per cent rated broadband as "quite poor" or "very poor". Only 30 per cent said …
Kat Hall, 03 Nov 2014
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Apple supplier AU Optronics suffers IP theft blow

Two former execs from Taiwanese flat panel-maker and Apple supplier AU Optronics have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out industrial espionage for their new employer, Chinese electronics firm TCL. The two – surnamed Lien and Wang – were pulled in for questioning by the Taiwanese Bureau of Investigation last month, …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2012
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AGIMO suspends govt supplier application process

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has suspended its Multi Use Lists (MULs) for consultants and general ICT suppliers, possibly because no-one is using them. The lists contain vendors approved to supply goods and services to Australian federal government agencies. A blog post announcing the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2012
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Comet’s might-have-been saviour 'not paying biz debts'

Clive Coombes, the man who tried and failed to save the Comet brand, appears to be struggling to keep his existing business Lewisons Wholesale (LS) afloat, with supplier debts now mounting. The electronics retailing entrepreneur had planned to buy the name of the once mighty High Street giant that went under in late 2012, but …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2014

UK.gov SLASHES ICT frameworks by more than HALF

The government is cutting the number of its ICT frameworks from 26 down to just 10 - a move that has been criticised for leaving SMEs in the dark. The strategy will initially reduce the number of frameworks down to 16, but as more agreements expire that number will decrease to 10. The new frameworks will typically last for …
Kat Hall, 16 Dec 2014
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Flight Centre settles $US14m legal battle with web supplier

Australian discount airline booker Flight Centre has settled a two year legal stoush against its former web services supplier Dublin-based Datalex. In an ASX statement Flight Centre said, “FLT and Datalex have negotiated in good faith and resolved the proceedings to their mutual satisfaction.” The settlement covers Flight …
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Flood-hit HDD parts supplier resumes production

Major disk drive motor supplier Nidec has resumed production at several facilities in Thailand, but continues to deal with damage to six sites that are still under water. The component giant, which manufactures around three-quarters of the world's HDD motors, confirmed operations were back online at its Rangsit plant in …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2011
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Samsung, Apple soap opera drama: Korean giant WILL churn out chips for iPhones, iPads

Apple and Samsung have fought bitterly in the courtroom when it came to patents, but the two firms are still prepared to do business: namely the buying and selling of chips. Earlier this year, Apple reportedly decided to drop Samsung as its manufacturer of A-Series system-on-chip processors used in iPads and iPhones. Instead, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2014
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Breaking with your back-up supplier is a sticky business

Backup is like software superglue with three sticking points: the backup software installation; its operation; and the longevity of the stored backup data vault, which can be needed for years after the last piece of data has been written to it. Let's take an imaginary product, BackNetVaultExec Pro. It is a typical enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013
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Public IT supplier frameworks aren't baffling – gov organ

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has defended the matrix of monolithic public sector IT purchasing frameworks, claiming purse-holders will figure out where to spend taxpayers' cash. It emerged this week that the forthcoming £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework, due to go live on 1 June, will run in parallel with two other …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2012
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Lenov-OUCH! 500,000 laptop cables recalled in burning mains cock-up

Lenovo is recalling about 500,000 AC power cords for its B, G, and V-series laptops and IdeaPads – after 15 cases were reported of the cables overheating, sparking, melting and burning. "Only the AC Power Line Cord is being recalled," Lenovo said on its global recall website. "The Adapter that connects to the computer is not …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2014
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Wipro uses Nexenta to blast its way out of the hardware prison

Comment India-based systems integration biz WiPro is using Nexenta storage in preference to Dell, EMC, IBM and NetApp, as a key to break hardware lock-in. Is Nexenta crossing the chasm from SMB land to become an enterprise storage software supplier? Wipro is using NexentaStor software as the basis for a cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2014
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Failed would-be COMET saviour now FAILS to save his own biz

A creditors' meeting has been called for Lewisons Wholesale, an electrical retailer run by Clive Coombes, the man that tried and failed to resurrect the brand name of fallen UK High Street giant Comet. As revealed by the Register last month, Lewisons Wholesale was struggling to remain afloat and had notched up eight County Court …
Paul Kunert, 15 Dec 2014
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Murphy's law: Avnet brings in EMEA boss to rule UK

Avnet Technology Solutions has handed control of UK and Ireland ops to director Miriam Murphy who also manages strategic supplier relations across EMEA in the Enterprise Business Group. The distie seems to favour dual-role responsibility: Murphy's predecessor Tony Madden doubled up as global senior veep of the supplier business …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014

Slippery £4bn supplier deadline flies through UK.gov's fingers AGAIN

The folks at Government Procurement Services certainly seem to like to play it fast and loose with deadlines; there has been yet another slip in the schedule for the forthcoming £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework. As revealed by The Channel last week, GPS told suppliers whether they had provisionally made it onto the three- …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012
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DWP cuts spending with top IT supplier HP by 4%

The Department for Work and Pensions has cut spending in 2010-11 with HP and BT, but increased it with Atos Origin. HP Enterprise Services remains the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) second largest supplier, despite a drop in the government's spending with the firm. It received £629.4m in 2010-11, according to figures …
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Hightail buddies up with Cleversafe

File sync 'n' sharer Hightail has hightailed it from DDN to object storage supplier Cleversafe after facing a dramatic cost hike. The company started out as YouSendIt in 2004, enabling users to bypass email restraints on sending large files. It then moved on in 2012 to being a file-sharing site for enterprises, competing against …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2014
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Schools IT supplier RM swings to full year loss after sales dive

Ailing specialist education IT supplier RM has admitted it reacted too slowly to government budget cuts in schools after revealing massive losses in fiscal 2011 ended 30 November. The firm posted a loss before tax of £23.4m for the 14 months to nOVEMBER 2011 – including restructuring costs and excess property provisions. This …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2012

Toshiba Australia recalls combustible laptop power cords

Toshiba Australia has issued a recall notice for the power cord it supplied with laptops sold in Australia between 1st September 2010 and 30th June 2012. The recall notice says the “'LS-15' labelled AC Power cord” was built with “electrical insulation [that] may degrade over time”. If that happens, there's “potential to …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2014
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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

BT has pipped Logicalis to be the preferred supplier to provide the Welsh public sector with broadband and other IP services in a contract valued at up to £420m over its lifetime. This is a blow for the Welsh Slough-based Logicalis, which from 2007 built a public sector network (PSN) for Wales - the first in Europe - to provide …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2014