Apple Case Study: Globalization and Technology Change

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Globalization and Technology Change Apple has benefitted significantly from globalization and from technology change. For example, the company started primarily as an American company, but globalization has allowed Apple to become a multinational operation. The company only derives around one-third of sales form the Americas according to the annual report, a figure that includes Canada and all of Latin America in addition to the United States. The company therefore can be said to sell globally. Sales in Asia-Pacific were growing especially fast, and the company has numerous flagship stores in the region. Globalization has also had a significant impact on Apple's supply chain. The company earns high profits because it is able to produce its products at a low price and then sell them at a high price (Chakrabotty, 2012). In addition, the company has noted that it assembles its products in China because all of the components are made there this in addition to the low cost of assembly labor. Apple facilitates this by working with logistics suppliers like FedEx who can quickly move finished goods around the world via a number of hubs. All of Apple's products, for example, arrived in the United States in Oakland, California and from there make their way to the customer. Technology change has naturally been a major factor in Apple's success. The company played a major role in the shift to a mobile computing society, by developing the personal technology devices that would
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