May 112017
 

Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain Guru

Apple is known to have one of the top supply chains.  Apple may be the best in Supply Chain.  I have always wondered how it got there.  Will be adding much more to this blog.  Going to get input from our Facebook and LinkedIn communities.

If you read about why Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook seems to be about improving Apple’s supply chain.  I believe Steve Jobs wanted something similar to what Dell did with their just in time (JIT) factories.  Seems that Steve Jobs was a fan of what Michael Dell did with Dell’s 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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain guru

Tim Cook joined Apple in 1998 as the Senior VP of World Wide Operations.  Before this Tim Cook was a Supply Chain leader at Compaq.  Tim Cook realized quickly the complexity of Apple’s supply chain and took necessary steps to reduce the complexity.  Tim Cook took the number of strategic suppliers from 100 to 24.  He cut the number of warehouses approximately in half.  He reduced inventory immensely.  Have read various articles where Tim Cook equates inventory to dairy products.  Read somewhere about nobody wants to buy spoiled milk.

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Tim Cook Quotes

  • “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
  • We have to make sure, at Apple, that we stay true to focus, laser focus – we know we can only do great things a few times, only on a few products.” ~ Tim Cook

Other supply chain videos you may find interesting.

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Apr 162017
 

Worries for Apple Supply Chain 2017

Apple CEO Quotes

  • “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, made huge improvements to the Apple Supply Chain
  • “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
  • “I personally admire Steve not most for what he did, or what he said, but for what he stood for. The largest lesson I learned from Steve was that the joy in life is in the journey, and I saw him live this every day.” ~ Tim Cook
  • “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
  • “Is there anyone out there who is the next Steve Jobs? I think Jeff Bezos is pretty close. He is very smart. He is extremely creative. He has completely reinvented the way in which commerce is done online.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO Apple
  • “I had a TV set and a typewriter and that made me think a computer should be laid out like a typewriter with a video screen.” ~ Steve Wozniak, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” ~ John Sculley

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Sep 122016
 

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Supply Chain Guru

Apple CEO Quotes

  • “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.” ~ Apple CEO Tim Cook. Responsible for making the Apply Supply Chain one of the best in the world.
  • “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
  • “I personally admire Steve not most for what he did, or what he said, but for what he stood for. The largest lesson I learned from Steve was that the joy in life is in the journey, and I saw him live this every day.” ~ Apple CEO Tim Cook.   Supply Chain Guru.
  • “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” ~Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “Your first projects aren’t the greatest things in the world, and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn – you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself.” ~ Steve Wozniak, co-founder Apple Inc.

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May 212016
 

Apple Supply Chain

Tim Cook and Jeff Williams overseeing the Apple Supply Chain.  On December 17, 2015 Apple Named Jeff Williams as Apple’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).  This was the same position that Tim Cook (Apple’s current CEO) had before replacing Steve Jobs as Apple’s CEO.  Since 2010 Jeff Williams oversaw Apple’s entire Supply Chain.  This was very similar to how Tim Cook got the COO position, then the CEO position.   I thought this may be interesting for anyone in supply chain.  Apple puts a huge emphasize on supply chain and the Apple Supply Chain is considered one of the best, if not the best in the world.  Steve Jobs brought in Tim Cook to make the Apple Supply Chain more lean and agile.  Will be interesting to see if Jeff Williams gets the Apple CEO position in the future.  Apple Press info naming Jeff Williams as COO.

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Apple CEO Quotes

  • “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
  • “I personally admire Steve not most for what he did, or what he said, but for what he stood for. The largest lesson I learned from Steve was that the joy in life is in the journey, and I saw him live this every day.” ~ Tim Cook
  • “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “Your first projects aren’t the greatest things in the world, and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn – you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself.” ~ Steve Wozniak
  • “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 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, made huge improvements to the Apple Supply Chain
  • “Is there anyone out there who is the next Steve Jobs? I think Jeff Bezos is pretty close. He is very smart. He is extremely creative. He has completely reinvented the way in which commerce is done online.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO Apple
  • “I had a TV set and a typewriter and that made me think a computer should be laid out like a typewriter with a video screen.” ~ Steve Wozniak, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “Our idea was that these computers were going to free us and allow us to organize. They were going to empower us. We could sit down and write programs that did more than our company’s programs on their big million-dollar computers did. And little fifth-graders would go into companies and write a better program than the top gurus being paid the top salary, and it was going to turn the tables over. We were excited by this revolutionary talk.” ~ Steve Wozniak
  • “The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” ~ John Sculley

 

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