Monthly Archives: April 2012

The “Swissness” of watches made in Switzerland

An article in the New York Times (April 28, 2012) describes plans to change the current “Swiss-made” labeling requiring 50 % of the value of movement to be made in Switzerland, with new 80% requirement. Swiass watches account for 3 … Continue reading

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McDonalds and their supply chain visibilty strategy

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek(April 23, 2012) describes pressures on McDonalds to identify its food supply chain. Chipotle focuses on its meat being obtained from pen free and cage free organic cources and vegetables from farms within 350 miles. Five Guys … Continue reading

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The global garbage supply chain

An essay in the Wall Street Journal (April 18,2012) describes computers as the top export from China to the US, and garbage as America’s greatest export to China. With Americans generating 7 lbs of garbage per person per day, New … Continue reading

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An alternate plan to rescue the US Postal Service

An article in the Wall Street Journal (April 17,2012) provides an alternative to the current plan to shut post offices and decase delivery days. The Pistal workers union suggests increasing stamp prices, providing delivery services for pharmaceutical delivery etc as … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – an emerging apparel manufacturer ?

An article in the New York Times (April 23,2012) describes the doubling of apparel exports from Bangladesh, compared to four years ago. Li & Fung, a manufacturer of apparel increased its procurement to over $1 billion in 2011, a 41% … Continue reading

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Coal supply issues, power supply and supply chain impact in India

An article in the New York Times (April 19,2012) describes coal supply difficulties in India due to price controls on power, rising prices of Indonesian coal and lack of incentives to use natural gas. The impact – erratic power supplies … Continue reading

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Toys “R” Us retailing challenges – competitor impact

An article in the New York Times (April 7,2012) describes competitors to Toys”R” Us, and the resulting sales challenges. Target and Wal-Mart have slashed toy prices, with Wal-Mart allowing layaway. Amazon.com continues to be aggressive in the toys category while … Continue reading

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