Monthly Archives: April 2011

Fragmented Trucking in China and Supply Chain Impact

An article in the New York Times (April 29, 2011) describes the fragmented, unregulated trucking industry in China and the consequent cost per mile of $ 2.50 to $ 3.00 per mile vs the US coat of $ 1.75 per … Continue reading

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Rethinking JIT under supply disruptions and erratic growth

A Wall Street Journal article (April 29, 2011) describes companies like Terex and Al-jon Manufacturing and their increased inventories of raw material and finished goods given supply disruptions and increased sales growth.  Whil Just-In-Time inventories enable supply to be maintained synchronized … Continue reading

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Automobile OEM custom chips and Japanese supply bottlenecks

An International Herald Tribune article (April 27, 2011) describes the impact of the earthquake caused destruction to chip manufacturer Renesas Electronics with a 40 % market share of automobile microcontrollers.  The company was formed by the merger of three chip … Continue reading

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Retailers compete by offering exclusive plants

A Wall Street Journal (April 27, 2011) article describes exclusive plants offered by Lowe’s and Home Depot as they compete for customer spend. For every $ 1 spent on plants, customers are reported to spend an additional $ 3 on … Continue reading

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Conflict Materials Ban and Electronics Supply Chain Impact

A Wall Street Journal article (April 27,2011) describes the impact of the portion of Dodd-Frank law that requires companies to inform the SEC if any if their sources of tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold are from the conflict regions in … Continue reading

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Retail paint price increases and titanium dioxide cost link

An article in the Wall Street Journal (23 April 2011) describes a 16 % increase in retail price of paint.  The cause is an increased demand for titanium dioxide, a paint ingredient that is also used in toothpaste, paper and … Continue reading

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Apparel retailers masking price increases

A New York Times article (23 April 2011) describes attempts by retailers to carefully choose price increases by type of apparel in an effort to manage the impact of cost increases.  Some of the strategies listed include changing from 50 … Continue reading

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