Jul 262017
 
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Apple CEOs:  The Story of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook You Didn’t Know About

Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook to improve the Apple supply chain.  Steve Jobs wanted something similar to the Dell supply chain.  Tim Cook was brought in to reduce inventory and make Apple’s supply chain much more agile as well as leaner. Tim Cook went from Apple’s Chief Procurement Officer and took Steve Jobs place as Apple’s CEO.

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

  • “We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of. We say no to good ideas every day. We say no to great ideas in order to keep the amount of things we focus on very small in number, so that we can put enormous energy behind the ones we do choose …..It’s not just saying yes to the right products, it’s saying no to many products that are good ideas, but just not nearly as good as other ones.” ~ Tim Cook, CEO Apple, Supply Chain Expert.
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “Steve [Jobs] and I spent months getting to know each other before I joined Apple. He had no exposure to marketing other than what he picked up on his own. This is sort of typical of Steve. When he knows something is going to be important, he tries to absorb as much as he possibly can.”  ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Inc.
  • “Companies that get confused, that think their goal is revenue or stock price or something. You have to focus on the things that lead to those.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO

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Jun 102017
 
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Delivers The 2017 MIT Commencement Speech | TIME

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  • “We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain… What we will not do – and never have done – is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain. On this you have my word.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain guru.
  • Too often people think about intuition as the same as relying on luck or faith. At least as I see it, nothing could be further from the truth. Intuition can tell you, of the doors that are open to you, which one you should walk through. But intuition cannot prepare you for what’s on the other side of that door.” ~ Tim Cook.
  • “Apple has changed every day since I have been here. But the DNA of the company, the thing that makes our heart beat, is a maniacal focus on making the best products in the world. Not good products, or a lot of products, but the absolute best products in the world. In creating these great products we focus on enriching people’s lives – a higher cause for the product.” ~ Tim Cook, Supply Chain Guru.
  • “Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.” ~ Tim Cook, CEO Apple.
  • “Creativity and innovation are something you can’t flowchart out.” ~ Tim Cook.
  • “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” ~ Steve Jobs.
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~Steve Jobs.
Apr 212017
 
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How Apple’s Inventory Management is So Lean

Steve Jobs brought in Tim Cook, Apple’s current CEO, to improve the supply chain.  Tim Cook did such a cook job with Apple’s Inventory Management he became Apple’s CEO.

Supply Chain Information.

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Apple Supply Chain Management

  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “Steve [Jobs] and I spent months getting to know each other before I joined Apple. He had no exposure to marketing other than what he picked up on his own. This is sort of typical of Steve. When he knows something is going to be important, he tries to absorb as much as he possibly can.”  ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Inc.
  • “Steve [Jobs] brilliance is his ability to see something and then understand it and then figure out how to put it into the context of his design methodology – everything is design.” ~ John Sculley
Oct 302016
 
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Apple’s Supply Chain – supplier conditions and Apple’s Top Suppliers

Supply Chain Information.

Apple’s Supply Chain is one of the best in the world.  This is a bit older video but still very interesting.  Talks about the labor issues and conditions with its suppliers.  Apple has become much more transparent in their supply chain.  Fair treatment and transparency is a big topic and Apple is tackling it head on.

  • “And that’s what everyone at Apple is focused on – pushing forward and creating the future.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  • “Companies that get confused, that think their goal is revenue or stock price or something. You have to focus on the things that lead to those.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO

 

 

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Apple Supply Chain Practices

Apple Supply Chain Practices have made Apple Inc. one of the top supply chain companies in the world.  Many consider Apple as the best supply chain company.

  • “We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of. We say no to good ideas every day. We say no to great ideas in order to keep the amount of things we focus on very small in number, so that we can put enormous energy behind the ones we do choose …..It’s not just saying yes to the right products, it’s saying no to many products that are good ideas, but just not nearly as good as other ones.” ~ Tim Cook, CEO Apple, Supply Chain Expert.
  • “Our whole role in life is to give you something you didn’t know you wanted. And then once you get it, you can’t imagine your life without it. And you can count on Apple doing that.” ~ Tim Cook, Steve Jobs brought in Time Cook to improve the Apple Supply Chain.
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don’t have an answer to that. That’s one of the more perplexing problems of society.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Computer.
  • “Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.”  ~ Louis Gerstner, former CEO of IBM.

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May 182016
 
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Apple CEO Tim Cook, Supply Chain Expert

Apple CEO Tim Cook is following Steve Jobs as the top person at Apple.  This is no easy task considering Steve Jobs’ cult following.  Steve Jobs did amazing things at Apple and Tim Cook is doing very well also.  Apple continues to do amazing things under Tim Cook.

Tim Cook was Apple’s Chief Procurement Officer and he now has the top position at Apple.  Steve Jobs brought in Tim Cook in 1998 to make Apple’s Supply Chain lean and agile.  Steve Jobs wanted something similar to what Michael Dell did with Dell Computer’s Supply Chain.  The Apple Supply Chain is now considered one of the best in the world.  Many would say the best in the world.  Tim Cook is one of the main reasons for the supply chain at Apple being so good.

Tim Cook Quotes

  • “For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  • “We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of. We say no to good ideas every day. We say no to great ideas in order to keep the amount of things we focus on very small in number, so that we can put enormous energy behind the ones we do choose ….. It’s not just saying yes to the right products, it’s saying no to many products that are good ideas, but just not nearly as good as other ones.” ~ Tim Cook, Supply Chain Expert
  • “Apple Stores Offer the Best Buying Experience and Customer Service On The Planet.” ~ Apple CEO Tim Cook
  • “Our whole role in life is to give you something you didn’t know you wanted. And then once you get it, you can’t imagine your life without it. And you can count on Apple doing that.” ~ Tim Cook, Supply Chain Expert

 

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“Winning has never been about making the most.” ~ Tim Cook

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May 132016
 
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The Apple Supply Chain is one of the best in the world.  Many people may even call it the best.  These Apple Supply Chain quotes may not call out Supply Chain specifically but they can be applied in so many ways.  Apple has an amazing Supply Chain and that didn’t happen by accident.  Apple is a great company to do research if you are benchmarking top Supply Chain companies.

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.  The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything.  It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”  ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

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“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.  Design is how it works.”  ~ Steve Jobs

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“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.  It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”  ~ Steve Jobs

Apple Supply chain quotes by Steve Jobs

 

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

Apple Supply Chain

The Apple Supply Chain is one of the best in the world if not the best.  See how you can apply these quotes to your supply chain.

Mar 212016
 
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Customer Loyalty

Apple Experience. We all know how great a company Apple has become. Here are some great insights you may not know about.

  • “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”  ~ Steve Jobs
  • “The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best but legendary.” ~ Sam Walton
  • “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”  ~ Jeff Bezos