Unless you live with your head stuck in a very dark place .. 😉 … You have heard a “bit of” public discussion and comments about how “Outsourcing” is a bad thing.
Well – I am here to say ” reductio ad absurdum” –
Business is all about outsourcing and it starts at the lowest level. To start with a fairly absurd (and obvious situation), we do not “build our own mobile phones” – we pay someone else to do it – we “outsource”. On a higher plane – (most) businesses do not write their own accounting/erp package or their crm system – they “outsource”. There are TONS of examples we all can come up with and not have to “strain the brain” as one may say. The vast majority of SMB (Small/Medium Businesses) on the planet outsource and provide outsource services to those who do.
The fallibility of the “Outsourcing is bad” statement lays in the confusion between the words:
Outsourcing and Offshoring
The REAL “bad one” is Offshoring and those (in the public sector) who are saying “Outsourcing is bad” need to extract their brain from that deep dark place, look it (Outsourcing and Offshoring) up in the dictionary (or wikipedia), and stop being intellectually dishonest to all of us.
… and does NOT know what to do with it! I have a “few” suggestions…. it starts with give me some 😉 ..
Considering the state of the economy, jobs, etc.. why doesn’t Apple spend some of it building a new state-of-the-art high tech factory right here in the USA to build iPhones and iPads? Think of it.. be able to purchase an iPhone/iPad designed/developed/built in the USA! Also think of the associated jobs that would be created to build/staff/maintain the facility. Add in the logistical related jobs from small and medium sizes business as well.
What does Apple do about the factory in China? Use it to continue to build the devices but NONE of them would be shipped to North/South America or Europe. The USA factory would provide ALL the devices for North/South America and Europe.. China the rest of the world.
Quick update (3/18/2012).. I see that Apple plans to spend $10B on a stock buy-back… not smart… APPLE.. take my idea and CREATE JOBS!