Afternoon Coffee: Macy’s Personal Info Parade, Amazon Shortens Supply Chain, Apple Dumping Samsung?

"We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents."
Police documents found in parade confetti --Finkelstein, a Tufts University freshman, said he and his friends were concerned and picked up more confetti that had fallen around them. "There are phone numbers, addresses, more Social Security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police." The documents were apparently from the Nassau County Police Department. "I'm just completely in shock," said Finkelstein, 18. "How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?"

"They're using construction as a bargaining chip..." Shortening Supply Chain, Driving Warehouse Construction -- What is interesting is that online shopping businesses such as Amazon are trying to shorten the supply chain and build even more warehouses closer to population centers this year, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. After Simonson mentioned that tidbit during a recent webinar hosted by Reed Construction Data, I decided to get in touch with him to pick his brain a bit further on how big a blip online business warehousing is on the map of non-residential construction and, by extension, metal/material demand.

"The details are limited, but it seems Samsung stopped the supply rather than Apple initiating this."
Is Apple Dumping Samsung As A Battery Supplier Now? -- There have been various stories over the past few months that an offshoot of the Apple v. Samsung patent fight is that Apple is dumping Samsung as a supplier of various components. The latest is that Apple is now using other battery suppliers.

And speaking of Samsung...
Samsung audit finds 'inadequate practices' at China suppliers -- Samsung says an audit of 105 of its suppliers in China has identified "several instances of inadequate practices at the facilities". These included overtime in excess of local laws as well as fines for being late or absent from work. However, it found no evidence of under-age workers at any of the suppliers.

- Sheena Moore

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