Monthly Archives: March 2012

The collapse of Sony’s interest in Sharp’s Sakai plant

An article in the Wall Street Journal (March 29, 2012) describes a collapse in Sony’s interest in Sharp’s Sakai plant, whose production of high end LCD displays was expected to decrease costs for Sony, and garnered a 7 % investment … Continue reading

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Ban “pink slime” or let the market decide ?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (March 29, 2012) describes a move by supermarket chains to ban ground beef containing “pink slime”, an additive made from leftover beef trimmings, that is used as a filler in beef. Iowa’s governer … Continue reading

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The ripple effect of Foxconn’s changes

An article in the New York Times (March 29, 2012) describes widspread violations discoverd by the Fair Labor Association, hired by Apple to audit its suppliers, at Foxconn. The supplier, Foxconn, has committed to adhere to Chinese law, which restricts … Continue reading

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Uniqlo’s global expansion

An article in the Economist (March 24, 2012) describes the Japanese retailer’s expansion into the US and China. The company focuses on producing large volume, low cost items that are sold across the season. Given that weather patterns in China … Continue reading

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Inditex’s supply chain as it goes global

An article in the Economist (March 24, 2012) describes the fact that future growth for the parent company of Zara will come from Asia and the US, rather than the current 70 % of sales in Europe. Zara, known for … Continue reading

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Using the US Strategic Petroleum reserves

An article in the Economist (March 24, 2012) discusses a plan to use the US Strategic Petroluem Reserves to dampen US oil prices. The reserve was set up to provide an inventory buffer against emergencies and has been used after … Continue reading

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The Impact of New Emission rules for power plants

An article in the New York Times (March 28, 2012) describes new EPA rules that limit the CO2 emissions of power plants to 1,000 lbs per KWh. The new rules are easy to meet for new natural gas fired plants. … Continue reading

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