Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rising prices in China and Global Supply Chain Impact

An article in the International Herald Tribune (30 January 2011) tracks the impact of rising prices in China (“20 to 50 % increases for leather shoes and polo shirts” according to the article) on sourcing decisions and shipping. Wage increases … Continue reading

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Upgradeable Cars – using software to improve performance

A New York Times article (January 30, 2011) describes the role of software upgrades to improve car performance. Several trends – cars being held on for longer periods by customers, increased use of computer technology to improve performance of cars, … Continue reading

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“Windmade” product labels – consumer and product impact

An article in the International Herald Tribune (January 28,2011) reports a proposal in the Davos 2011 conference made by clean energy companies to introduce a “Windmade” label consisting of three blue swooshes.  The label will be on products that use … Continue reading

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Apple’s Platform Approach impact on growth

An article in the International Herald Tribune (January 28, 2011) describes the 71 % growth in quarterly sales reported by Apple and attributes it to a “platform” approach.  The claim is that Apple software (iTunes, the store and app software) … Continue reading

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Are Boeing Dreamliner delays history ?

A New York Times article (January 27,2011, B3) quotes executives at Boeing being optimistic that production of Dreamliners can be ramped up significantly over the next three years. The company claims that problems for the first few planes were due … Continue reading

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Choosing Inventories when Economy Recovery is Uneven

A Wall Street Journal article (January 27, 2011, B6) describes the challenges associated with choosing the right level of inventory given uncertainty in the US economic recovery. The article claims that Kimberly Clark managers cut production in the fourth quarter … Continue reading

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Adjusting the Supply Chain for Girl Scouts Cookies

A Wall Street Journal article (January 27,2011) describes changes being made to girl scout cookie supply chains to improve profits. First – variety is being cut to focus on just six SKUs which are estimated to save a penny per … Continue reading

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