Electrolux China, a group that manufactures kitchen, cleaning and outdoor appliances for consumers and business users, set up its supply chain system in 2002, after it had been in China for a few years. Since then, the company has restructured its APS (Advanced Planning Schedule) system in the logistic network and installed an ERP system. […]
The Chinese economy has been growing rapidly despite an underdeveloped supply chain network. Most Chinese manufacturing companies do not yet rely on supply chain systems, but the environment is becoming increasingly competitive and many enterprises will find it difficult to survive if they do not make their sourcing, production and distribution more efficient. That makes
If finding a software pirate is as simple as walking down the street and looking around for wheelbarrows, why is China–home of the largest authoritarian government on the planet–having problems catching these guys? One reason could be that it’s not arresting them that’s hard; it’s keeping them locked up that’s the problem. Local bureaus of
Despite three years of attention by lawmaking committees and a steadily increasing roster of laws protecting intellectual property, China is a shopper’s paradise for all things pirated–handbags, jewelry, movie DVDs, and, of course, software. Vendors pushing wheelbarrows piled with CDs offer Windows 98, 2000 and XP for as little as 4 yuan–just 50 cents. A
Cost counts for a lot, but being able to grow their own developers and adapt technology to their own needs, rather than the other way around, makes Linux increasingly popular in companies based or operating in China.
“Free” might not really mean free, but an operating system that doesn’t require user licenses makes it a lot easier to avoid piracy, in accordance with a four-year-old government push to get Chinese companies to respect intellectual property.
Major Chinese banks are moving their core infrastructure to Linux, partly in accordance with a government’s advocacy of Linux for its cost, stability, and as a platform for homegrown development.