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Boston Consulting Group RUSH Order

It was 6 PM Central Time and the meeting between the Boston Consulting Group [] and Kimberly-Clark [] officials was about to begin. In front of each attendee was a neatly stacked notepad, a fountain pen and a CustomUSB flash drive housing the BCG logo.

A few hours prior, these drives were hand-delivered by one of our employees who drove 3 hours from our headquarters in Chicago to Kimberly-Clark corporate office in Neenah, Wisconsin. Did I mention, this was a 75 piece order that took longer than expected to clear customs and arrived to us only at 12 PM the same day.

Here’s an official statement from BCG:

Thank you for everything. We really appreciate what you have done for us.

USP – That’s USB in Chinese

Ran across a Chinese “competitor” and saw the following in the specifications under one of the USB models. Pretty funny. In any case, if you want a cheaper price, I would be happy to refer you to these guys.

    1. Adopt USB1.1/2.0 connect, support is hot to put to pull out, plug-and-play. DO not need to circumscribe power supply, the direct USB connected a statement electricity.
    2. Read and write speed quickly: 2.0 connect to write in speed: 11 MBs/s / Read Speed:12 MBs/s (install with computer relevant)
    3. Use various operation terrace WIN98/SE/ME/2000/XPs, MAC OS8s.6; HIGHERs, UNIXs, LINUX2s.4. Or renewal edition (WIN98 beard the gearing drive procedure).
    4. Supporting the software encrypts, the double starts function. The electronics is saving to lie quality.Have no machine parts, the anti- vibrates, anti- electromagnetism interference.
    5. The adoption possesses singly super stability technique, the data is saving more safe. Support (not) managing person’s encrypting under the WIN2000/XP, the combination encrypt, double area space, can adjust to encrypt area capacity freely, measure a body to make to order a personal space.


Is Apple a Flash Chip Bully? (repost from

Repost from

A rather provocative article in The Korea Times claims that Apple is using its market power to bludgeon the NAND flash market. 

The claim is that Apple uses its iPod and iPhone clout to order a large amount of flash memory, then actually purchasing a smaller amount, the Times article charges [].

“Apple has asked Korean semiconductor makers to produce a certain amount of chips for its digital products, only to actually purchase a smaller volume eventually,” according to a senior industry official quoted by the Times. “The company doesn’t make immediate purchases, but waits until chip prices to fall to the level the company has internally targeted.”

Unfortunately for the flash industry, Apple may be treating the flash market unfairly, but not illegally. The behavior that the article describes doesn’t seem to violate any U.S. antitrust laws (I can’t speak for Korea). If anything, Apple could be characterized as a bad business partner, if you’re a flash supplier. But if I were an Apple shareholder, I would cheer Apple’s allegedly heavy-handed negotiating tactics as just good business.

There’s a reason why flash memory and DRAM are both commodities: Everyone needs them, but no one is willing to pay for them. All Apple does is bundle 8GB of flash together with a slick operating system and a visually and tactilely appealing industrial design, and sells them like hotcakes. MP3 players aren’t that hard to design, even by a chip company—just ask SanDisk.

So far, Korean antitrust agencies haven’t stepped in. If they do, Apple’s business practices will be heavily scrutinized. Until then, however, I’m afraid Apple’s partners will simply have to knuckle under.

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