The difference is that Apple, quite arguably, would desperately love to penetrate certain Asian markets better yet they are rather immature when it comes to international business. Here in America we're so lazy and frankly un-inspired that a company that tells us what to think, buy, do, and believe in order to sustain our withering self-image is far more successful than in places where the public decides these things more for itself.
You hit the nail on the head ITTO. This is what I have trying to say.
Coke figured this out 50+ years ago. That is why I posted that Coke movie propaganda made in the Philippines ages ago.
Coke is basically some brown shit, sugar, CO2 and water. Chemically Filipino Coke is exactly the same as American Coke.
But it is not the same product.
Note that this is NOTHING compared to the US yet, but again, I think it's fair to say that we've only begun to see Apple's assault on the Chinese (et al) market.
That is a crowd ? More fucking people came to the blessing of my house FFS. Lame.
And I am in a rural area. In a city with a population of 20 Million + it would not even count as a small gathering
This is a crowd my child
That is by the Robinson Galleria Mall. Edsa 2. The lady is the shrine.
That is only a "piece" of the crowd. If you would pan the 360 degrees around there would be more people.
Chinese employees are not only wearing the exact same uniforms.
It's so Disneyesque its pretty frightening.
My two sons asked if they should apply to Apple as a first job.
You are a smart guy perks. In many things a lot smarter then me
But the above statement shows a total lack of understanding of Asian beliefs and culture.
In a successful Asian company. All employees wear uniforms. It is partially to stop competition among employees.
But also also to show they are one "family".
So with the San Migel Brewing company. All men wear what looks like a beer delivery uniform.
From the guy who actually drives the truck to the vice presidents. Granted the vice president's uniforms are custom tailor made, and made with finer materials
They wear the uniform with pride because they are part of the San Migel "Family".
When you hire an employee in Asia, it is like getting a family member.
You have to look after the employee, in exchange he will give you his loyalty.
But as an employer, do not abuse that loyalty.
You might be asked to solve problems which you think are not your problem.
Yesterday my brother had a "small" wedding party. The main one will happen tomorrow.
I had sponsored a basketball team a few months ago. As a result I had T-Shirts made which where red for my team.
They where very cheap T-Shirt. Some people asked if they could have a T-Shirt, even though they are not on the team.
They where so cheap, like $1 each I said why not. So I had 50 more made.
Anyway day before wedding like 25+ people showed up to help. I had 4 pigs, 2 goats etc.
Without me saying anything, they all where wearing the red T-shirt I gave them. If they did not have one they just wore a normal red shirt.
Because I am part of the "community" people support me.
Most foreigners are stupid, they spend more money replacing stolen stuff, hiring security etc, then I spend giving back.
Meanwhile they have constant problems etc.
I have many plants and trees in my garden they where all given to me. All the foriegners ask how much did you spend ?
I reply nothing
They do not believe.
All the people that work for me, I look after, so that means company outings etc.
When people have problems, they come and ask me, "Uncle" for advice.
"Uncle" is a bit of a "scam". Most of the time I have no idea what they are saying. But my wife translates.
I then pretend to look thoughtful and pondering
I then ask my wife, what do you think is the best solution. So I then tell my wife, tell them I said that.
"Uncle" is very wise
But "Uncle" has no "real power".
A few months ago there was a massive mahjong/gambling tournament going on by the main road.
I guess it was causing problems for over a week, and many people where upset.
So I then told a few people who where gambling, that I did not think it was a good idea to expose children to gambling.
I then suggested maybe they should move the location. (You can not stop gambling, so I did a compromise).
The next morning the gambling tournament was moved to a more private location, because it was upsetting "Uncle".
It is not what you do, but how you do it
But what do I know ?
All the Americanos who have attempted to do business in the Philippines and failed horribly tell me I am "stupid".
They are a lot smarter then "Uncle" in USA, but not in the Philippines