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Some thoughts from Thomas Kase: Bad vendors selections aren't only made by supply chain!
Parents of autistic children feel duped by dog trainer -- [Thomas' commentary] To summarize, Pepsi's charity arm has/had an arrangement with an (apparently shady) organization that accepts donations and sponsorships to fund helping autistic kids get trained companion dogs. Such dogs are not inexpensive – priced at $15,000 on up – and their comforting company can significantly increase the quality of life for both the autistic children and their families. The apparently not-really-nonprofit organization is now failing to deliver - and media has started to write negative stories with Pepsi's name in there. The reach of supplier management and vetting is striking – in addition to the added suffering by the family and their autistic daughter, the poor vendor vetting has now lead to lost Pepsi goodwill. Disclaimer: Pepsi does not appear to be directly at fault, the lack of performance resides solely with the involved vendors.

Good question...
Who Will Pay for Apple Supply Chain Changes? -- The changes Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is making to its supply chain management practices will cost millions and may even run into billions as Chinese wages skyrocket, but who will foot the final bill? Will Apple successfully pass the extra costs of the initiatives it has introduced recently to its contract manufacturers and suppliers; will the company itself absorb the cost, or will it successfully pass these onto customers? These are critical questions for the high-tech industry as Apple, the de facto bellwether for the consumer electronics market, tries to deflect labor criticisms leveled recently against it by injecting greater clarity into its operations. Recently, Apple announced a list of its top suppliers and followed up with an agreement to let the Fair Labor Association "audit" conditions at its contract manufacturers.

Here's what's up with the tsunami debris.
Path of tsunami debris mapped out -- Almost a year after the Japanese Tohoku earthquake and mega-tsunami, the Pacific Ocean is still dealing with the consequences of the catastrophe. A mass of debris was washed out to sea as floodwaters receded from the land, and some of that wreckage continues to float around the ocean. Most of it headed eastwards, according to modelling work by the Hawaii-based International Pacific Research Center.

This is pretty.
Audi's New $210,000 Spyder A Future Classic -- Car nuts write big checks for the rare autos of their dreams – and Audi's new limited edition R8 Spyder qualifies, with 330 produced worldwide and only 50 of them in the U.S.A.

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