Monthly Archives: December 2011

Defining organic agriculture – include sustainable water and energy too ?

An article in the New York Times (Dec 31, 2011) describes the growth in organic farms in Mexico that comply with US definitions of organic farming – a ban on use of synthethic fertilizers, hormones, pesticides etc. But Swedish certification … Continue reading

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iPad 3 rumors, product transition and possible supply chain impact

An article by Louis Bedigian (Dec 29, 2011 http://www.benzinga.com/trading-ideas/long-ideas/11/12/2231119/ipad-3s-most-significant-upgrade-will-be) describes rumors regarding a new iPad 3 and possible design choices. Will the new iPad 3 replace the older iPad 2 – as suggested by the Apple supply chain’s participants noticing … Continue reading

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Ad Free product cost and Supply Chain Impact

An article by Michael Schulder in CNN.com (Dec 29, 2011 http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/29/tech/gaming-gadgets/kindle-ads-schulder/index.html?hpt=hp_bn6) describes the choice between an ad free Kindle for $ 109 and one with ads for $ 79. Clearly Amazon is estimating the ad related revenues as $ 30 … Continue reading

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Boeing production rampup and the role of supply chain examiners

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Dec 30, 2011) describes Boeing’s backlog of 3,500 airplanes, worth $ 270 billion, and the need to rampup production by 60 % in the next three years to maintain delivery commitments. Competition from … Continue reading

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Lower wages, greater employment and capital investment in the US – a wise choice ?

An article in the New York Times (Dec 29, 20110 describes wage decreases of $ 10 to $ 15 per hour for manufacturing jobs in Kentucky – a prerequisite “competitive wage” at which General Electric moved production to Kentucty and … Continue reading

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Indian Reverse Auctions for Solar Power and Impact

An article in the New York Times (Dec 29, 2011) describes the reverse auctions run by the Indian government, with solar power providers bidding to win the contract, that decreased costs 30 % compared to the previous year. These lower … Continue reading

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Mumbai slums and supply chain efficiency

An article in the New York Times (Dec 29, 2011) describes the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India, home to a million people and generating an economic output of close to $ 1 billion. Admist the grime are thriving supply chains … Continue reading

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