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minute to make a drastic change to the screen of the iPhone before it was released and notified itssuppliers that it needed a sudden influx of workers to meet its deadline. “A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. There’s no American plant that can match that.” (Duggid et. al., 2012).This is but one component that gives foreign countries the upper hand in manufacturing in comparison to the United States; however, the rate of adoption of outsourcing jobs, in particular manufacturing positions, isn’t about to change drastically. The rate may slow graduallyas developing countries mature, but it is the view of the authors of this paper that there will always be a hierarchy in business which will result in continuous outsourcing. Apple is without question an incredibly large and successful company, hence it’s PR troubles and outsourcing strategies are inevitably going to be the topic of public scrutiny. Apple’s outsourcing is in a sensethe “tip of the iceberg” when referring to outsourcing manufacturing. It’s upfront, so large that
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