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Supply chains in corona stress: Samsung Hui, Apple Pfui

With the few components that they buy externally, South Korean companies, like Apple, traditionally follow the policy of not making themselves dependent on a single supplier. However, this dual source strategy was pilloried in South Korea because it weakens the bargaining power of small suppliers. As a result, the conglomerates, the Chaebol, eased somewhat in their quest for self-sufficiency until last year’s trade dispute with Japan taught managers better.

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