Monthly Archives: October 2011

Federal response to vital Medicine shortages in US hospitals

A New York Times article (Oct 31, 2011) describes Federal attempts to ease shoratges of sterile injectables that constutue 74 % of drug shortages.  The government blames market concentration – 90 % of the medicines are bought by five hospital … Continue reading

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Defense support for biofuels for aircraft and impact

A Bloombergbusinessweek article (oct 31-Nov 6, pg 44-45) decsribes plans by the navy and Marines to shift 50 % of their fuel to renewbale sources by 2020, the Army 25 % by 2025. Sources include camelina (an oil bearing plant), … Continue reading

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Barnes & Noble swapping book space for e-readers

A Wall Street Journal article (Oct 29, 2011) describes a plan by Barnes & Noble to double the square feet devoted to e-readers to 2000 sq ft in a 26,000 Sq ft store. The space will be freed up by … Continue reading

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Restructuring the global supply chain at Whirlpool

A Wall Street Journal article (Oct 29, 2011) describes the extra capacity held by appliance makers anticipating a demand rebound from 25 % low in the US and a 15 % drop in Europe compared to past levels. But continued … Continue reading

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Now Thai floods and Japanese auto supply chain impact

A Wall Street Journal article (Oct 29, 2011) describes the impact of flooding in Thailand, which has resulted in two Sony plants deluged, Toyota suppliers impacted, a Honda plant impacted for six months etc. Given the disruption caused by the … Continue reading

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Global Trade Financing Squeeze and Supply Chain Impact

An article in the Wall Street Jounral (Oct 29, 2011) describes the increase in the margins fior trade finance by a factor of thirty since 2008.  Trade finance provides letters of credit, export loans etc that finance global trade given … Continue reading

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The Details in Free Trade Agreements with South Korea

An article in BloombergBusinessweek (Oct24-20, 2011, page 30/31) describes details in the free trade agreement with South Korea that define a US made product. For instant hot chocolate, a US made definition requires at least 65 % of the sugar … Continue reading

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