Monthly Archives: January 2012

Mongolia’s rapid growth and logistics options

An article in the Economist (Jan 21, 2012) describes the rapid growth of Mongolia’s coal mining industry, with output expected to grow from 16 million tons in 2013 to 240 million tons by 2040. Worried about being too dependent on … Continue reading

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Traffic jams in New York City and coordination options

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Jan 30, 2012) describes the impact of customer delays on the US economy as $ 100 billion, 0r $ 750 per commuter.  But adding taxis is estimated to increase congestion – the equivalent … Continue reading

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WTO disapproval of China’s use of GATT to justify export controls of metals

An article in the New York Times (Jan 30, 2012) describes a decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China’s use of export controls for zinc, bauxite etc t0 incent manufacturers to locate plants within China.  Use of GATT … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Coordination issues – Book Publishers, Apple and Amazon

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (Jan 30,2012) describes the conflict between publishers and Amazon.com ebook pricing plans of $ 9.99, the publisher controlled pricing model for sales on Apple’s iPad (termed agency pricing), and the resulting threat to without sales on … Continue reading

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Danish wind energy production surges and the cost of smoothing supply

An article in the New York Times (Jan 22, 2012) describes the power surges due to high winds in Denmark and the payment to other countries to take the energy generated.  Surges in wind and the consequent energy generated are … Continue reading

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Economies of scale vs risk in concentrating hard drive production in Thailand

An article in the New York Times (Jan 20, 2012) describes the quandry faced by hard drive manufacturers in Thailand whose plants were deluged during the floods.  Slow recovery of manufacturing raises the benefit of concentration of this industry (40-45 … Continue reading

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Design for repairability for cell phones

An article in Sustainable Brands (http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/articles/sprint-pushes-phone-makers-design-reparability?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=brandsweekly&utm_campaign=january25) describes a push by Sprint to produce environmental standards for design of cell phones, in partnerhsip with Underwriters Labs (UL). The goal is to develop modular designs so that only the specific broken part … Continue reading

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