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Apple's New iPhones Have Expensive Hidden Costs

This week Apple launched its new iPhones to much fanfare and looking closely at the iPhone XS (details), iPhone XS Max (details) and particularly the iPhone XR, this is deserved. That said, Apple also made a second, quieter announcement shortly after the launch and it will be greeted with a lot …

Galaxy Note

Elon Musk agrees robot glut slowed Model 3 production

Tesla's big issue is battery production, but this robot thing didn't help.<p>Tesla's affordable Model 3 has been trapped in development hell for what seems like ages now, and in an interview with CBS's Gayle King, CEO Elon Musk offered a little more insight into how the production process has fallen …

Report: Apple trialling 2018 iPhone production in Q2, aiming to avoid supply bottlenecks that plagued iPhone X ramp

Apple is apparently starting trial production of the 2018 iPhone lineup in the second quarter, according to a report published this morning by Digitimes. Apple is set to debut three new iPhones later this year, an update to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch device dubbed ‘iPhone X Plus’ and …

GM, DHL use Chinese plant to lead manufacturing change

Inside General Motors Co.’s vehicle assembly plant in this southern China city, many workers wear the red-and-yellow uniforms of DHL, the logistics …

How To Retire At 62 On A Meager Million

How can I ever retire?<p>Many older workers grapple with this question every day. Often, they turn to Seeking Alpha for answers. Today, retirees need a …

How Amazon Is Changing Supply Chain Management

Amazon.com has changed the face of retail through its use of bold supply chain strategies and its deployment of innovative technologies. In this …

Tesla Model 3 production is increasing to 5,000 units per week, say suppliers

Several Tesla suppliers are now reporting that Model 3 production is increasing rapidly and they are back to working on Tesla’s guidance of 5,000 units per week in December, which was delayed last month.<p>In October, a few days before Tesla’s earnings and the announcement of the Model 3 production …

Tesla Model 3

For every Amazon package it delivers, the Postal Service loses $1.46

An old salesman joke: A salesman says, "We sell below cost." A customer asks how he can do that. "Simple," he says. "We buy below cost."<p>For a day or …

U.S. Postal Service

Delivery Is Getting More Complex, but Will Soon Be Faster and Cheaper

Once again, how goods flow from manufacturers to consumers is about to change. Over the next decade, prompted by new technologies and business …

Tesla’s Model 3 production plans said to include a risky manufacturing move

Tesla’s making a bet on its production process for the Model 3 that defies accepted industry know-how – which is not at all an unusual strategy for the young carmaker. Basically all of Tesla’s success thus far has been due to its ability to defy accepted industry wisdom, but with the Model 3 …

Correction: Amazon-Faster Delivery story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 2 about Amazon's earnings, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the CEO of Convey, a company …

Foxconn Teases $7B US Display Factory

But the promise of $7 billion investment and 50,000 jobs comes with a big 'if.'<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Apple to switch up its manufacturing process for iPhone 8

Apple will adopt a new manufacturing process to deliver an all-new form factor for iPhone 8, according to a new report. The next-generation Apple smartphone will use a stainless steel forging process for its metal frame as opposed to traditional CNC machining.<p>To celebrate the iPhone’s 10th …

IPhone 8

Battery cells are now in production at Tesla’s Gigafactory

Thirty months after the first shovel hit the Nevada dirt, Tesla’s massive Nevada Gigafactory is churning out batteries, the company said in a blog post. The carmaker, along with its main battery production partner Panasonic, are building custom-developed “2170” battery cells (named after the …

Why iPhone production isn’t coming to the United States

By on December 30, 2016 at 3:01 pm<p>Apple is not the top seller of smartphones in the world — not even close. It does, however, have the vast majority …

UPS invests in reverse logistics firm Optoro

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>UPS has joined as a backer in reverse logistics provider Optoro Inc.'s latest $30 million funding round as returns become an increasingly costly problem for the e-commerce …

For Amazon, It’s About Planes, Trains and Automobiles...Not Drones

By<p>Dec. 14, 2016 9:25 p.m. ET<p>With all the hype about Amazon’s first drone delivery, it’s easy to forget that Amazon has bigger delivery plans in store.<p>…

Amazon makes its first drone delivery to a real customer

By Sarah Halzack<p>Amazon.com has long talked about its ambitions for using drones to deliver small parcels to its legions of customers. Now, it appears the e-commerce giant is one step closer to that goal.<p>On Wednesday, the company said that it has made its first autonomous drone delivery — an order …

Amazon Fire TV

The Company That Makes Apple’s iPhones in China Wants to Expand to the U.S.

Amid President-elect Donald Trump‘s push for manufacturing jobs to come and stay in the U.S., a company that builds Apple products in China said it’s …

Hole In Roof Key To Mass Production Of Tesla Model 3?

Tesla Model 3<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk, along with the company’s head of vehicle production, Peter Hochholdinger, have made repeated comments regarding …

Snapchat Video Ads Average Less Than 3 Seconds a View

Snapchat ads are averaging less than 3 seconds a view, leading some advertisers to wonder whether that's long enough to win over consumers.<p>Video ad …

Trump and Apple Manufacturing: Let's Try a Carrot Instead

Mac Pro is one of the few Apple products manufactured in the U.S. Image source: Apple.<p>A big part of Donald Trump's election victory was predicated on the idea that Trump could reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing and the related jobs. While that's far easier said than done, <b>Apple</b> (NASDAQ: AAPL) is no …

21 incredible facts about Elon Musk's Gigafactory

By the end of 2017, the company aims to begin production of its more affordable Model 3. And by 2020 it plans to ramp up production to build as many as one million vehicles per year, an ambitious goal considering the company expects to produce about 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles in 2016.<p>For any of this …

21 Ways to Be a Better Leader

Not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader.<p>It doesn't matter if you are running a business, managing a team, or teaching a class--leadership skills are important. Some people seem to be born knowing what to do to inspire and lead people, but for most of us it …

Tesla is planning to build a futuristic 'Gigafactory' in Europe that will produce more than just batteries

Tesla will build its next Gigafactory in Europe and it will produce more than just batteries, CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday.<p>Musk said that Tesla plans to establish a combined vehicle and Gigafactory in Europe, where both batteries and vehicles can be produced on site. Tesla plans to eventually have at …

Target gets tough with vendors to speed up supply chain

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Discount retailer Target Corp is cracking down on suppliers as part of a multi-billion dollar overhaul to speed up its supply chain and better compete with rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Amazon.com Inc .<p>The sixth-largest U.S. retailer by sales plans to tighten …

iPhone manufacturing giant Foxconn adds screen-making to its arsenal

Foxconn’s $3.8 billion acquisition of Sharp recently passed anti-trust scrutiny in China and will now proceed as planned, according to a report from</i> …

Mobile Technology

What is Continuous Improvement?

Continuous Improvement Defined<p><b>Continuous improvement, or Kaizen,</b> is a method for identifying opportunities for streamlining work and reducing waste. …

This Hyperloop Startup Now Has a Factory Near Las Vegas

Hyperloop One, one of the startups racing to build a futuristic and high-speed system of depressurized tubes for transporting people and packages, …