Apple might have a monopoly on the smartphone industry right now -- at least when it comes to reputation, but that doesn't mean others aren't up to challenging the brand; that's where the Fairphone 2 comes into play. It focuses on a number of elements that Apple overlooks with its iPhone. The Fairphone 2 is not only easy to repair while boasting a modular makeup, it's manufactured responsibly.
The Fairphone 2 might be thicker than the latest iPhone and Samsung counterparts, but there's a good reason for that: it is meant to come apart. Yet beyond that, Tessa Wernink, Fairphone's chief communications officer, says, "Our customers include people who are concerned about the social and environmental effects of our consumer society and the waste that is generated by the short cycles of replacing our electronics."
The Fairphone 2 is a Responsible and Easily Repaired Handset
1. Responsible Manufacturing - The trend toward more ethical production methods and supply chain transparency can be capitalized on by companies seeking to differentiate themselves by emphasizing the social and environmental impacts of their products.
2. Modular Design - The trend toward easily-repaired devices with modular parts offers opportunities for companies to appeal to customers' desires for more sustainable and cost-effective electronics.
3. Consumer Activism - The trend of consumers making purchasing decisions based on social and environmental concerns will continue to drive demand for ethically-produced products like the Fairphone 2.
1. Consumer Electronics - The Fairphone 2 demonstrates an opportunity for companies to differentiate their products by emphasizing ethical production methods, longevity, and modular design.
2. Supply Chain Management - As consumers demand more transparency and ethical sourcing throughout the entire supply chain, there will be opportunities for companies to innovate and provide more socially and environmentally responsible products.
3. Corporate Social Responsibility - The trend of integrating social and environmental concerns into corporate decision-making is only gaining momentum and will continue to shape industries from tech to fashion.