DA 3: Review the following news item to motivate your discussion.
News Item: Apple’s Supply-Chain Secret? Hoard Lasers
For our discussion, I am including below link to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine titled Apple’s Supply-Chain Secret? Hoard Lasers. It discusses insights on how the company stockpile inventory of key items that they believe to be crucial for their long-term operational continuity in a supply chain context. Provide your opinion on what your learned from it in context of implications for operations management in the computer industry.
Apple’s Supply-Chain Secret? Hoard Lasers (clicking this link will download the item as a PDF file)
In addition to contributing to discussion, you are expected to reply one of your classmates.
Discussion 350+ words, reply the student 150+ words. Do not use any reference.
CTA 3: Fruits of NAFTA â€“ The Mexican Medical-Devices Supply Chain.
Links to short news item and video about Mexico medical-devices supply chain are included herewith. Thanks to NAFTA, Tijuana has transformed from a seedy party destination for overage college students to a thriving industrial hub for medical device production. Well-known names of US medical device companies produce their products in factories situated here. Mexicoâ€™s medical device industry buys much of its raw materials and capital machinery from American suppliers. Half of the factoryâ€™s final output is shipped back to the U.S. and much of the rest to American-owned companies elsewhere.
News Item 1: Also Made in Mexico: Lifesaving Medical Devices (clicking this link will download the item as a PDF file)
News Item 2 (video): Mexico Medical Device Industry in Tijuana (Links to an external site)
Or use this link for the videoï¼šhttps://youtu.be/xCASqaKwpqQ
Critically analyze the information contained in news article and the video. Then write well-thought out answers to the questions below:
- What factors appear to threaten this medical-devices supply chain with its manufacturing hub in Tijuana, Mexico?
- Why is it hard to relocate these medical factories back to the U.S?
CTA Assignment 650+ words.