Articles about Supply Chain

Lenovo UK boss exits for EMEA supply chain glory

The arrival of Eric Cador at the top of Lenovo’s EMEA business has signalled a slight reshuffle, with UK boss Marc Godin elevated to a vitally important role running the supply chain in the region. In a note to partners, Godin said the acquisition of IBM Systems x and Motorola means the business profile is “very different to …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2015
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Apple's iPhone 7 to come loaded with depth-sensing camera, supply chain spies claim

Reports coming out of Taiwan claim that the iPhone 7 will have dual rear-facing cameras. It's a move which would see Apple join the ranks of Dell, HTC, Huawei, and Samsung in adding depth-sensing technology to its mobes. A report in the Taiwanese Business Weekly claims Apple has been tinkering with dual-lens tech for three years …
Simon Rockman, 26 Jun 2015

Samsung admits its Chinese supply chain STILL has labour-rights and safety problems

Samsung has admitted that its Chinese suppliers are still guilty of legal and safety violations, despite its repeated promises to clean up its factories. In its annual sustainability report, the firm said that this year’s audits had found a number of instances of poor working conditions for people at 100 of its suppliers. The …

Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

Problems with Apple's sapphire glass supply chain could mean the Apple iWatch will only be released in small numbers this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted. The latest leaked note from the respected KGI Securities bod has claimed that production of the iWatch will be moved back September to November. Kuo also …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Aug 2014
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Intel edu-tablet sales forecast slashed - supply chain whispers

In another bit of mobile-market slippage, Intel is said to have cut in half the number of its StudyBook educational tablets that it believes it will sell in the next two years. According to a Digitimes report on Friday, Intel had planned to sell between 3 and 4 million of its "ruggedized and purpose-built tablet for 21st century …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2012

China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain

The number of ‘high risk’ suppliers, including some flogging counterfeit products to US government, military and commercial channels has grown by almost two-thirds since 2002, with China pegged as a key player, according to market watcher IHS iSuppli. The firm urged all parts of the supply chain to tighten procurement and …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2012
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Lockheed to cyber-armour its supply chain against 'the Adversary'

Top Pentagon supplier Lockheed Martin says its computer networks are under increasing heavy fire from hackers, forcing it to beef up its supply chain's defences. Lockheed veep and chief information security officer Chandra McMahon said about a fifth of the assaults were considered "advanced persistent threats", which are attacks …

Shenzhen wage hike causes supply chain jitters

Chinese tech hub and boom town Shenzhen is set to increase the minimum wage of workers there by 13.3 per cent in early 2013, causing a few sweaty palms in the technology supply chain. Shenzhen and the wider Pearl River Delta area in southern China is one of the most concentrated technology manufacturing hubs in the world. …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Aug 2012
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BlackBerry to be throttled by own supply chain

Mobile phone makers that can't sell 35 million phones every six months – three per cent of the global market – are doomed, according to Taiwanese analyst outfit Trendforce. The firm has just popped out some predictions about the mobile market, one of which suggests “obtaining upstream components and materials at good prices can …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
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Take a deep breath: No NORKS panic for ICT supply chain … yet

It’s business as usual for the ICT supply chain in Asia despite heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula which have now seen the de facto closure of the symbolic Kaesŏng industrial zone, according to market watchers. The Reg has had its ear to the ground across the region to see if the recent escalation in threatening …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Apr 2013
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Samsung grabs Sharp shard, brings pain to Apple supply chain

Samsung has shipped up in Apple's pitch by taking a three per cent stake in cash-strapped component supplier Sharp for ¥10.4bn ($111m). Instead of top iDevice manufacturer Foxconn nabbing a bit of Sharp, an idea that had previously been floated, the fruity firm will see Sammy screens being made side by side with its own …
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Neal's Yard Remedies its supply chain

Video Neal's Yard jars and spray in field Neal's Yard is famous for its natural remedies sold in distinctive blue bottles. But how do the perishable and rare ingredients get to the factory, and how do the products of this £20m business get to market? Neal's Yard has both a sophisticated supply and distribution chain - and an IT …
Miatta Momoh, 14 Jun 2011
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Japan quake to hit supply chain for rest of 2011

The impact of the Japan earthquake and tsunami on the semiconductor industry will be felt for the remainder of the year, according to a warning from Gartner. The analyst has cut its worldwide revenue growth forecast to $299bn (£184bn), representing growth of 5.1 per cent compared to previous estimates of 6.2 per cent, due to an …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2011
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Pure and simple: Why Gartner's and IPOing storage biz's numbers didn't line up

Pure Storage’s S1 IPO filing said one thing about its 2014 revenues while a Gartner report said something a hundred million dollars different. Why? In more detail, Pure Storage’s S1 says revenues in the year to January 31, 2015, were $174 million. Gartner said in a Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2015
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Thai floods threaten Seagate hard drive supply chain

Seagate is assessing the potential impact of flooding in Thailand on the production of hard disks that forced arch rival WD to temporarily halt manufacturing this week. Severe flooding has reportedly killed at least 280 people, inundated homes, disrupted transport links and caused chaos at utilities close to WD's facility, which …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2011

Lenovo exec: Yes we can get IBM's server biz out of the crapper

Interview Lenovo Europe president Eric Cador is banking on a major overhaul of its enterprise supply chain – among other things – to help the x86 business it acquired from IBM “recover” lost ground. In the UK alone, IBM’s revenue share slumped to $31m by Q4 ’14 from $61m in the prior year’s quarter, caused by the uncertainty surrounding …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015
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No, really, that 12.9-inch MaxiPad is totally on the way now

Rumors of the much-fabled 12.9-inch iPad have surfaced once again, via a new analyst report. Supply chain specialists IHS now say they believe the Reg-deemed "MaxiPad" is set to enter production in the latter part of 2015. "This product has been in the planning stage for several years but looks to now be solid for a 2015 launch …
Shaun Nichols, 08 May 2015
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Apple workforce touch up iPhones with Force Touch tech – report

Apple has reportedly started using its so-called Force Touch technology in new models of its iPhone handsets, which have apparently now hit the production line. According to Bloomberg, Cupertino's upcoming iPhones will be kitted out with touch-sensing haptic displays that push back on your fingertips if the pressure is too hard …
Team Register, 28 Jun 2015
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DeathRing: Cheapo Androids pre-pwned with mobile malware

A new mobile Trojan is being pre-loaded onto smartphones somewhere in the supply chain. DeathRing masquerades as a ringtone app and is impossible to remove because it’s pre-installed in the system directory, according to mobile security firm Lookout. Samples of the malware are restricted to entry-level phones purchased in Asian …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2014
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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

Apple has purchased more than 36,000 acres of forestland to supply timber for its paper and pulp mills, and is describing the venture as part of a “conservationist scheme”. "Apple is focused on using only the resources it needs," said Lisa Jackson, veep of environmental initiatives at Apple, and Larry Selzer, CEO of the …
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Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER

Apple is preparing to release a MacBook which tabloid newspapers might describe as "worryingly thin", supply chain sources have claimed. The claims surfaced in the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, which quoted "supply chain makers" in the country. The current MacBook Pro is a relatively chubby 2.4cm, but the report suggested …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Aug 2014

MPs in SHOCK discovery: G-Cloud yet to impact govt SME biz

Just 27 per cent of MPs believe the G-Cloud has enabled small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to more easily access the UK government's notoriously closed ICT market, according to a survey of MPs and peers. By contrast, peers were more encouraging, with 52 per cent believing the programme has improved SME access - although many …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2014
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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

Apple's Watch was slow to reach stores, needed a patch for the FREAK bug, has given users a nasty rash, sparked a lawsuit and may not be notably better than Android Wear, but none of those travails have stopped it from becoming the world's number one wearable. So say the folks at analyst outfit Canalys, who reckon Apple …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2015
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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has denied the total cost of Smart Meters has now outstripped the projected savings, making the hated scheme even more pointless. The department had previously said the scheme would save £17bn. However, a report by the Major Projects Authority has pegged the total lifetime casts as £ …
Kat Hall, 07 Jul 2015
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How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

In the week leading up to the launch of Windows 10 there were zero PCs pre-installed with the new operating system sat in a warehouse awaiting a new home. Not one. For past releases of Microsoft OSs at least 20 per cent of computers at wholesalers came loaded with the software, but times have changed. Context Research – which …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015
Data Centre

Dude, you're getting a few thousand custom Dells!

Dell has launched a new business line of custom servers to companies with unique needs and those that don't quite want the server volume of "hyperscale" data centers. The Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) unit will specifically target companies in web tech, telecoms, hosting, oil and gas, and research spaces. "Today, there' …
Neil McAllister, 24 Aug 2015
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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

A 6TB Helium-filled drive from HGST costs $120 more than a traditional 6TB drive from Seagate. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, interviewed Seagate’s CFO, Pat O’Malley, and noted afterwards that Seagate estimated an approximate $30/drive extra cost versus traditional air-filled drives. Rakers notes the “HGST (WD) …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2015
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Jurassic Part: Vertu announces lizard-skin phones

Vertu, makers of super-expensive phones for the insanely rich, has announced two new lizard-skin phones, coming in at a cool £7,600. “Night Forest is a rich dark green and the Dark Scarlet is a beautifully woody chestnut red, both inspired by the canopy of an English woodland," said the UK manufacturer and retailer of luxury …
Simon Rockman, 07 Jun 2015

Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

Small biz suppliers received no more love from government procurement departments last year, with direct spend dipping by 0.1 per cent compared with 2012/13 to £4.5bn. Over the last two years, direct spend rose by just 0.3 per cent, according to government figures. In 2010 the government set a target for 25 per cent of all its …
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015

SanDisk slashes sales outlook as growth shudders to a stop

SanDisk expects the current quarter's revenues to be about $1.3bn, 14 per cent less than a year ago, with the flash business supposed to be a growth area. The execs must have been horrified when they heard. At the end of the poorly performing previous quarter it expected $1.40bn to $1.45bn, still down on the $1.51bn earned a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015

Oracle slings 193 patches, nixes exploited Java zero day

Oracle has poured cold coffee on a recent Java zero-day that's already under active attack, with just one of the critical patches it's released to address 193 holes in its sprawling product suite. The zero day is the most urgent fix of the lot and of the two dozen other Java patches present among Big Red's quarterly patch …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jul 2015

MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

A consumer PC bottleneck in the UK could result in some price cuts ahead of the Windows 10 launch - or so folk in the supply chain are telling us. Distributors are sitting on roughly 60 days of client stock - around twice the amount they typically carry - and all vendors, save for HP, contributed to the mess. “Inventory levels …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2015
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NSA: Here’s $300,000, people. Go build us a safer Internet of Things

The NSA is funding development of an architecture for a "safer" Internet of Things (IoT), in the hope of incorporating better security at a product's design phase. The controversial US intelligence agency is bestowing a $299,000, one-year grant to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) for a project that aims to build a …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2015
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ULLtraDIMM dam plus inventory oops smacks SanDisk’s Q4 growth

+Comment The expansion of SanDisk’s business nearly stopped in its latest quarter, with revenue growth stalled and profits down as it lost a major customer, experienced troubles in its supply chain and the ULLtraDIMM injunction took hold. Just a temporary setback guys, nothing to see here, move along folks. The consumer and enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015
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Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

Apple has enough sapphire glass within its grasp for two models of the iPhone 6, if one was to appear, as well as the semi-mythical iWatch, an independent analyst has claimed. Matt Margolis, of Wall Street Forensics, has scoped out GT Advanced Technologies, the firm tasked with operating Apple's sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jun 2014
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Tech sector still loves its slaves: study

They avoid paying tax at the top, and avoid paying workers at the bottom: a new study into the supply practises of the tech sector finds most participants don't know where their materials come from and don't really seem to care. That's what emerges from a Baptist World Aid report that scored 39 kit suppliers – covering all …

Wannabe a nano-bot-manufacturing giant? Better cozy up to Apple

Apple's demand for minute mechanical gizmos in its iThings is more or less dictating who wins and who loses among MEMS manufacturers, analysts reckon. Supply-chain researchers at IHS said the Cupertino idiot-tax operation's use of Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) and sensors in iPhones and iPods draws so much business that …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015
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Supply snitches: 4in iPhone 5 screens shipping now

Don't spit your coffee out, but further rumours today make it more likely that the iPhone 5 will have a 4in screen. Hitachi Displays and Sony Mobile Display Corporation are already shipping 4in LCD touch screens destined for next-gen iPhones, say "sources within Apple's Far Eastern supply chain", according to AppleInsider. The …
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2011

Free ethical upgrade offered as Fairphone launches mobe No 2

Fairphone, the crowd-funded mobe maker, has launched its second model, and in marked contrast to others (a sideways glance at you Apple) has literally taken the lid off. Fairphone launched in 2013 with the aim of creating a mobile that was free from conflict minerals, and was generally more ethical all round. More than 10,000 …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Jun 2015

Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

Apple has refuted claims made by the BBC’s Panorama programme that it is not working hard enough to protect the rights of workers. The programme Apple's Broken Promises claimed that Pegatron - a contractor making the iPhone 6 - was abusing rules on working hours, keeping workers' ID cards, and using underage workers. Employers …
Simon Rockman, 19 Dec 2014
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Intel says NO MORE BLOOD PENTIUMS by 2016

Intel has set 2016 as the deadline for its transition to a 100 per cent conflict-free product line. Under the plan, Chipzilla will look to receive gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin only from those smelting facilities that it has certified as taking materials exclusively from ethically-mined sources. The company unveiled the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014

Tech Data: screw you Wall St, we're a high flying distie

Walloping Wall Street expectations is becoming a bit of a habit for Tech Data - tighter cost controls beefed up operating profit, and higher than expected sales led to a double digit spike in the share price. The world’s second largest tech distie suffered at the hands of currency exchange rates - like the rest of the US-based …
Paul Kunert, 21 Aug 2015

PeopleSoft p0wnage possible with a day of GPU brute-forcing

ERPScan researcher Alexey Tuyrin says hundreds of Oracle PeopleSoft users, including banks, are running publicly-exposed services that are open to a token-plundering vulnerability. The penetration tester says a breach could be worse than that of the Office of Personnel Management which recently lost millions of records in a hack …
Darren Pauli, 02 Jul 2015

Judge greenlights class-action suit accusing AMD of securities fraud

A US federal judge has given the green light for a class-action lawsuit accusing AMD of securities fraud over the chipmaker's alleged failure to inform investors of problems with its manufacturing. The suit, first filed in January 2014 and amended in June of that year, accuses AMD of willfully misleading investors by withholding …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2015

EU parliament pushes for Dodd-Frank style conflict mineral laws

European electronics manufacturers will have to double check where the minerals in their products come from in future, according to a draft EU law approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The law, adopted by 402 votes to 118, is part of an effort to clamp down on so-called conflict minerals, so that European companies and consumers do not …
Jennifer Baker, 20 May 2015
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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

The production of Apple's iPhone 6 has reportedly hit a major snag after the redesign of a screen component caused a supply shortage. Pegatron, which builds iStuff for Apple, 'fessed up to the problem and admitted a key component was in short supply. "Currently, there's a small shortage in supply of a specialised component for …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2014
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Lenovo CEO: We will axe 3,200 workers as our profits shrink to nowt

There’s no room for sentiment or emotion in business, as Lenovo showed today when it reported an 80 per cent crash in pre-tax profits and plans to axe 3,200 jobs across the group. Revenues for the three months ended 30 June grew three per cent, excluding the impact of for-ex conversions to $10.7bn – but the firm saw a 47 per …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2015
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Insiders BAFFLED: HP split-up inexplicably NOT a disaster

The separation of HP, the biggest ever of its kind in tech corporate history - with a similarly enormous potential for disaster - is going through without any operational explosions, dumfounded insiders familiar with the process have told the Register. From this month, the US monster split the PC and print business from the …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015

Facebook's Open Compute could make DIY data centres feasible

DIY vs COTS: Part 2 Last time I looked at the PC versus console battle as a metaphor for DIY versus Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) data centres, and touched on the horrors of trying to run a DIY data centre. Since 2011, however, we've had the Open Compute Project, initiated by Facebook. The ideal is some kind of industry-standard data centre, with …
Trevor Pott, 07 May 2015

BP: Oil prices crashed, so must our ICT budget

BP has confirmed it is looking to squeeze costs from its annual ICT budget on the back of crashing oil prices, and well-placed sources tell us the business wants to identify $300m in savings. It’s been a tough couple of years for the over-enthusiastic oil seeker and distributor, what with the crisis in Gulf of Mexico and more …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015