Here’s some weekend sourcing-related reading, with stories from diverse parts of Asia and Africa that caught the eyes of the Global Sources team this week.
Reports have it that Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, will be assembling the iPhone 12 in India as Apple seeks to correct last year’s single-location mistake. It remains to be seen if this will push through, but according to the Business Standard, Foxconn plans to rebalance its sourcing and the iPhone 12 is to be “manufactured at the Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) facility in Tamil Nadu .. for the domestic as well as the export market.” This same facility currently produces the iPhone 11.
Over the past few years, the fashion industry has gone through a variety of changes. This, coupled with the increasing consumer awareness on environmental preservation, paved the way for the sustainable fashion niche. Find out the top 10 trends that will transform the sustainable clothing landscape in 2021.
With the use of robots, Japan’s COVID-19 testing can be sped up. The field of robotics continues to advance, and in turn has been aiding nations in dealing with the still ongoing pandemic. The value of robots is now being recognized and appreciated worldwide. Different kinds of service robots that offer value to certain industries are available for sourcing at GlobalSources.com
[Video] K11 MUSEA’s Sanitization Robots Waltz Through the COVID Crisis
After a series of coronavirus cases were reported, K11 MUSEA, a well known shopping mall, recruited 11 sanitization robots.
“One year ago in March 2020, everything and everyone as we knew it in the world was irrevocably transformed,” tech expert Moses Kemibaro writes. “COVID-19 Accelerated Digital Transformation or CADiT is a fact of modern life in Kenya and beyond.”
Kemibaro identifies 10 changes to consumer behavior and day-to-day tech usage in Kenya that were driven by the pandemic and now look like they’re here to stay, and conclude with three major takeaways:
Content: Never before has content been so fundamentally important in establishing an authoritative digital presence that matters locally and globally for individuals and organizations.
Commerce: It is now essential that everyone and every organization has a commercial and global footprint within a digital context enabled through channels such as e-commerce integration, logistics, and digital advertising.
Consumers: Consumer behavior has been irrevocably altered for a digital-first paradigm where everything must be available on-demand across multiple touch points.
Innovation remains at the heart of China’s economic growth plan, revealing the country’s plans to boost spending and research on artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and high-speed rail at the recently held Two Sessions 2021 parliamentary meeting, with the US trade battles hitting China’s tech industry hard.
Have a great weekend!