In this release of Made in China, you will learn about Jack Ma's unusual departure from the post of head of Alibaba; the demand for new iPhones and Apple's violation of Chinese law.
The head of Alibaba left the company with a grand concert
On September 10, last year, founder and CEO of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, announced his departure from the company. It took a year to complete all the work, and last Tuesday, September 10, Jack Ma officially handed over the post of head of the corporation to his successor, Daniel Zhang. All this happened during a grand concert.
Jack Ma officially announced his resignation during an event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Alibaba. During the four-hour celebration at the stadium with a capacity of 80,000 people, the billionaire staged a real performance. He changed into a rock star and sang several songs for thousands of employees in his organization.
“Being a strong company is not easy, but being a good company is even more difficult. Strong is determined by commercial abilities, while good is determined by responsibility and kindness. After tonight I will start a new life. I believe that our world is wonderful, I have so many opportunities, and I really love the excitement, which is why I retire so early, ”Jack Ma told guests and staff.
Earlier, Ma announced that after leaving Alibaba, he intends to engage in charity and education. Interestingly, Ma announced his departure on Teacher's Day in China. Recall that in the past he was a simple teacher of English.
The new iPhone did not impress the Chinese
Apple introduced the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max this week. Most of the noise was made by the regular iPhone 11, which compared to last year's iPhone XR fell in price by $ 50 - $ 699 instead of $ 749. However, in Asian countries, including China, where Apple technology is often very popular, there was no hype.
According to analysts, lower prices for the iPhone 11 will allow Apple to improve its position in the Chinese market, where in recent years it has been actively losing its share. However, users on social networks are very cool talking about the new "apple" smartphones. One of the main complaints is the lack of support for fifth-generation networks in the updated iPhone. People write that they are more likely to choose devices from HUAWEI, Vivo or Samsung, which already offer 5G.
Analysts at the Counterpoint research firm believe that this year Apple will be able to sell 30-35 million smartphones in China - almost half as much as in 2015. In India - another market priority for Apple - there is also no particular demand for new iPhones. According to an analyst at the Indian division of IDC, local users are more likely to buy last year's iPhone XR, which, after the presentation of the iPhone 11, fell markedly.
Apple and Foxconn violated Chinese laws
At the end of last year, Apple and Foxconn accused the schoolchildren of illegally using smartwatches Apple Watch. And now, after almost a year, both companies again fell into a similar situation. Now they are accused of violating Chinese labor laws. According to Bloomberg, citing an investigation by China Labor Watch, a nonprofit human rights group, Apple and Foxconn use too many temporary workers at Zhengzhou’s largest iPhone factory.
The report of the China Labor Watch, an organization that investigates conditions in Chinese factories, said that the number of temporary staff (including minors) at Foxconn in August this year exceeded 50% instead of 10%. At the end of the month, many students returned to school, which caused the number of temporary workers to drop to 30%, which is also illegal, the study said. To find out, China Labor Watch members personally went to work at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou and conducted their investigation.
Following the release of China Labor Watch data, Apple said it had conducted its own investigation into the number of temporary workers in its partner's factory. The American corporation recognized that their actual number exceeds its standards. Moreover, Apple also found that interns (often schoolchildren) work overtime at night, which also violates the company's policies. However, they work voluntarily and have received adequate compensation for their work. But with regard to temporary workers, Apple intends to conduct "outreach" with Foxconn. By the way, Foxconn also recognized the existence of this problem and promised to sort it out.