Apple Joins White House 'SupplierPay' Program to Speed Payments for Small Businesses [Updated]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple, Coca-Cola and other high-profile companies across various sectors have agreed to participate in SupplierPay, a new White House initiative designed to accelerate payments for smaller firms in the company's supply chain. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the program and early adopters later today, reports the Wall Street Journal.
    SupplierPay is the private sector counterpart of the government's existing QuickPay program that pays small business contractors before larger ones. Under QuickPay, businesses typically receive payment within two weeks of a completed project or service.

    Apple in recent years has focused on supply chain issues, working to curb excessive overtime, underage workers and harsh working conditions in its supplier factories. The Cupertino company requires its suppliers to meet a code of conduct, routinely monitors its contract manufacturers for compliance with these fair labor practices and issues an annual Supplier Responsibility report to document its progress.

    Update 5:00 PM PT: Following a meeting with President Obama, Apple Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams gave a statement noting that Apple spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 suppliers running small businesses in 2013 using SupplierPay.

    Companies involved with the SupplierPay project included Metal Impact, a company that manufactures the Mac Pro's enclosure. The Mac Pro has been highlighted by Apple as a product line assembled in the United States.

    Article Link: Apple Joins White House 'SupplierPay' Program to Speed Payments for Small Businesses [Updated]
  2. Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    This is a big deal for small businesses without a significant cash float. Getting paid quickly is essential.

    I wonder if it extends to developer payments from the App Store too?
  3. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Hmm...wonder if Amazon will be part of this too?
  4. macrumors 65816

    Aug 28, 2013
    It's good to see Apple taking the lead in this initiative.
  5. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    That would be amazing. Right now it takes 5-10 weeks for money from apps sold to appear in my bank account.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Those worried about the speed of receiving payments from the AppStore, might want to check out Pollen.
  7. macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2014
    Nice supplementary photo in the OP. That product line is definitely not here in the US, but using US tax dollars for payments/subsidies. Our hard-earned tax dollars going to feed our need for foreign-made products... :( :mad:
  8. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009
    One can only hope the UK and other European govt's join this programme. As a freelancer working in TV production, corporate clients just take the piss sometimes when it comes to payment. The worst are ad agencies and pharma companies - one takes 60+ days to pay. Oh and Tesco are pretty **** to!
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014

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