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January 13, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc., which has been criticized for allowing harsh work conditions at some of its China-based suppliers, has for the first time disclosed the names of all of its suppliers and manufacturing partners. The list was revealed as part of its Supplier Responsibility 2012 Progress Report, which is issued annually and details Apple's efforts to monitor its suppliers to make sure they're operating within legal codes and following the company's policies on environmental standards, human rights and occupational health and safety.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
An alleged drug supplier went on trial in Orange County on Thursday  on charges that he killed a man he believed had stolen drugs from his dealers. Jose Felix Zepeda, 41, is charged with felony special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery, felony kidnapping and felony conspiracy to commit a crime. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without parole. Zepeda has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Prosecutors say that in April 2012, Zepeda supplied three pounds of methamphetamine to two men who were supposed to sell the drugs to a buyer.
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BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Small to midsize component suppliers are among the U.S. companies most likely to benefit first from a resurgence in American manufacturing, according to a new white paper by the Boston Company Asset Management, a BNY Mellon company. The analysis, authored by Shirley E. Mills, vice president and senior research analyst, looked at various changes in the landscape affecting U.S. manufacturing opportunities, and it concluded that the best investment opportunities might not involve large-scale manufacturers.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report Thursday, drawing praise from Greenpeace for steps the company has taken to reduce use of conflict minerals in its products.  "Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company," said Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall in a statement. "Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2000
The Southern California Edison-commissioned "MIT study" told of finding evidence of energy withholding on the part of suppliers throughout the state ["Power Suppliers Accused of Manipulating Prices," Nov. 23]. It's what the study didn't tell that was most interesting. For example, it didn't acknowledge that suppliers went far beyond "utility standard," working round-the-clock, fixing units that experts said couldn't be fixed and returning units to service that could easily have sat broken for the entire summer.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2011 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Responding to pressure from Greenpeace this week, toy maker Mattel Inc. said it would direct its suppliers to stop buying wood products from Asia Pulp & Paper, a Singapore company that has clear-cut vast swaths of Indonesia's rain forest. As the environmental group's global campaign against Mattel gained traction, the El Segundo company said on its Facebook page: "Mattel does not support deforestation nor does it contract directly with Sinar Mas/APP. We purchase packaging materials from a variety of suppliers and it is not the normal course of business to dictate where suppliers source materials.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2010 | By Mark Milian and Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
By giving out free cases for its iPhone 4, Apple Inc. hoped to smooth over troubles with unhappy customers. But it may annoy a different group: the companies that make the various hard, soft, colorful, arty, sleek, fat and other kinds of enclosures bought by users to personalize their phones. With Apple giving away its own cases, analysts say, there will be less demand for those offered by third-party suppliers. At least two case manufacturers contacted by The Times acknowledged that Apple's giveaway could cut into sales.
BUSINESS
October 25, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
Avon Products Inc. said Friday that it will offer fewer discounts, make fewer products and use fewer suppliers to save as much as $400 million a year by 2000. Wall Street liked the news, driving shares of the New York-based cosmetics company up $6.88, or 10%, to $73.75 in trading of 3.88 million shares, more than five times the three-month daily average. Avon said it will take pretax charges of $150 million to $200 million as it cuts 30% of its fragrance, cosmetics and toiletries lines.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is helping more than 1,000 of its apparel suppliers secure financing based on the strength of its own credit rating. The program was outlined in a letter to suppliers Nov. 2. Commercial finance giant CIT Group Inc. had filed for bankruptcy protection a day earlier, raising worries about apparel industry financing.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2005 | From Reuters
Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it would cut its suppliers by about half and award key parts makers larger, long-term contracts in a move to reduce costs globally and stem losses in North America. Ford -- which buys about $90 billion of parts, goods and services a year worldwide -- already has chosen seven companies as initial suppliers. They are Autoliv Inc. of Sweden, Delphi Corp., Johnson Controls Inc., Visteon Corp. and Lear Corp. of the United States, Canada's Magna International Inc.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
In the latest move in its animal welfare standards program, fast food company Wendy's International Inc. said it would require its pork suppliers to submit quarterly progress reports detailing their efforts to phase out controversial gestation crates. Confining breeding sows to the crates has been criticized as cruel, and dozens of food companies, including Wendy's, have said they would eliminate them from their supply chains.    In an update on its website, Wendy's said it hopes to end the use of gestation crates in its supply chain by the end of 2022.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Shan Li
Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwanese manufacturer for tech firms such as Apple Inc., is looking to build a factory in the United States. The major maker of iPhones and iPads is in talks with several states including Arizona and Colorado to set up a manufacturing facility to make high-tech parts, company spokesman Simon Hsing told Bloomberg. Rising transporation costs and wages in mainland China has spurred some companies to look at bringing some manufacturing capacity closer to home either within the U.S. or in nearby Mexico or Canada.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - As brutally cold temperatures continue to blast much of the nation, a propane shortage is driving up heating bills, prompting accusations of price gouging and leading to energy emergencies in more than a dozen states, from Alabama to Michigan. The lack of propane has forced the closing of schools in Tennessee, led to calls for people to turn down their thermostats and given poultry farmers the shivers. "They're worried they might not be able to keep those chickens warm," said Jeff Helms of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
There's a war of the roses brewing ahead of the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena as some Southern California farmers make a push for floats to sport flowers grown in the Golden State, not abroad. Four out of every five flowers used to decorate the floats arrive from South America, according to CBS-TV Channel 2 , and at least one bouquet manager aims to change that. "It just strikes me as odd that the flowers aren't necessarily predominantly coming from California flower farmers on the floats," said Rodi Groot, product coordinator at the Sun Valley Group in Oxnard.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
An industry-backed labor group that Apple asked to study working conditions among its Chinese suppliers reported that working conditions had improved overall but that employees were still working excessive overtime. The Fair Labor Assn. released its latest audit Thursday in a series of reports about conditions in Chinese plants operated by Foxconn, one of Apple's largest suppliers. PHOTOS: Top 10 most-talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 The group described Apple's and Foxconn's efforts to improve harsh conditions as "robust.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
The Chinese government Wednesday issued what it said were record-high fines totaling $108 million in connection with the scandal-ridden baby formula industry. The government fined five foreign companies - Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. and Abbott Laboratories, both in Illinois; the Dumex unit of France's Groupe Danone; Royal FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands; and Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand - as well as Biostime International Holdings in Guangzhou, China. The government accused the manufacturers of artificially inflating the price of formula, taking advantage of the panic among Chinese parents over tainted milk products.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - As brutally cold temperatures continue to blast much of the nation, a propane shortage is driving up heating bills, prompting accusations of price gouging and leading to energy emergencies in more than a dozen states, from Alabama to Michigan. The lack of propane has forced the closing of schools in Tennessee, led to calls for people to turn down their thermostats and given poultry farmers the shivers. "They're worried they might not be able to keep those chickens warm," said Jeff Helms of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
BUSINESS
January 25, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many Los Angeles apparel firms and other key suppliers are resuming shipments to Campeau Corp.'s bankrupt department store empire. The development is a boon to many suppliers that lost business in recent months when they couldn't get financing to ship to Campeau's Federated Department Stores and Allied Stores divisions. For merchandise-starved Federated and Allied, which sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection last week after being cut off by suppliers, it's even better news.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A report released Monday accuses a major Apple supplier of labor abuse, saying employees are working too many hours and doing so in unsafe conditions, among other claims. China Labor Watch, a nonprofit group, alleges that three factories for Pegatron Group are in violation of numerous labor rights. The report says the factories are violating women's rights, have underage labor, poor and unsafe working conditions, insufficient wages and also discriminate in their hiring. The 62-page report also says Pegatron is working its employees longer than Apple's 60-hour workweek rule and longer than China's 49-hour statutory limit.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is reportedly testing larger screens for its iPhone and iPad devices, looking perhaps to follow rival Samsung's strategy. The Cupertino mobile device maker is working with its suppliers to test iPhones with screens larger than 4 inches and an iPad with a screen that measures slightly less than 13 inches diagonally, according to the Wall Street Journal . The report cites unnamed sources at Apple's Asian supplier partners. During Steve Jobs' time at the company, Apple refused to increase the size of the 3.5-inch display found on the early editions of the iPhone despite its rivals releasing devices with screens larger than 4 inches.
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