Like many of you, I’ve been watching the stories of the sorry working conditions associated with my iPhone. Apple’s Chinese manufacturer, Foxconn, had its deplorable labor practices outed and it spread, as it always does, across the planet and into the ears of nearly every current and potential Apple customer. (more…)
I recently stumbled upon a great article in The Atlantic about GM’s inability to make a product specifically for the consumer. That is, a product with every gadget the consumer would want without worrying about cost-efficiency. The article is called “Why GM Couldn’t Be Apple, According to a Former GM Exec,” and I think it’s spot-on.
It’s an insider’s view of the cookie cutter vehicle industry and the yearning for decent models, but more importantly, cost-efficient materials. Why have real Italian leather when we could have vinyl? and the like. The author, Alexis Madrigal, compares GM – a company that once upon a time had to be bailed out by the government – to Apple. (more…)