Apple Taiwan slashes sales force by 30 percent

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Apple Computer recently cut the workforce at its Taiwan sales office by 30 to 40 percent, eliminating several executive and managerial positions along the way, according to an overseas report.



Forced Resignations in Taiwan?



Citing sources in Taiwan's distribution channel, DigiTimes, reports that the workforce reduction was due to weaker sales and market share achieved by Apple Taiwan, compared to the performance of the company's Hong Kong branch.



"Kong Yuk-loong, the former managing director of Apple Taiwan, submitted his resignation at the end of June," according to the report. "Since Kong's departure, a number of managers and executives at the branch have resigned as well, including the former head of Apple Taiwan's marketing division, Hsu Guang-qi who now works at Dopod International."



In the wake of the departures, Apple Hong Kong managing director, Simon Hong, has been appointed as the new managing director of the company's Taiwan branch. He'll reportedly perform a dual-role, overseeing both branches for the time being.



Apple has declined to comment on the report.



Foxxconn/Quanta merger?



In some other noteworthy news coming out of the Far East this morning, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News is quoting sources as saying Foxconn Electronics may merge with Quanta Computer.



The paper cited analysts from Europe-based investment banks as indicating that the two companies have been in talks about a merger since March. However, Foxconn and Quanta have both denied the rumors.



Both Foxconn and Quanta are major manufacturing partners of Apple Computer. Quanta has long been synonymous with notebook and iMac production while Foxconn -- when not abusing its workforce -- has been known to churn out Apple wireless products, desktops and iPod digital music players.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    Quote:

    "Since Kong's departure, a number of managers and executives at the branch have resigned as well, including the former head of Apple Taiwan's marketing division, Hsu Guang-qi who now works at Dopod International."



    Now I've seen everything! Has anybody registered the name Dapple Computer in Taiwan yet I wonder?



    As for the serious issue of sales - it's no surprise Apple have a hard time in Taiwan. It's THE world capital of the laptop and motherboard industry as well as practically every electronic doodad in production. I bet its a real buyers market over there. And Apple's prices will be typically high like usual hence less than stellar sales.



    Like I always say: hey Cupertino, wake up, the rest of the world's calling and we need to be advertised to, marketed for, and taken as seriously as the US market.
  • Reply 2 of 3
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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider


    ...while Foxconn -- when not abusing its workforce -- has been known to churn out Apple wireless products, desktops and iPod digital music players.



    was it ever confirmed that Foxconn was abusing their employees, or was it just english-tabloid rubbish? (excuse the oxymoron)
  • Reply 3 of 3
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,471member
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    Originally Posted by monkeyastronaut


    was it ever confirmed that Foxconn was abusing their employees, or was it just english-tabloid rubbish? (excuse the oxymoron)



    Probably a little of both. Styandards are lax over there, and the papers picked it up and overdid it.
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