Tag Archives: Capability

Ramp up delays for inexpensive Indian tablet, or infeasible plans?

An article in the New York Times (December 30,2012) describes delivery delays for the $40 tablet promised by Datawind, a Canadian company trying to grow electronics manufacturing in India. With fewer than 10,000 units shipped instead of the promised 100,000, … Continue reading

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Adhoc social networks to assist during hurricane Sandy in NJ and lessons learned

An article published in the CNN.com website (http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/20/us/new-jersey-sandy-social-media/index.html?hpt=hp_c1) describes the use of facebook and street signs to create volunteer groups to assist people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Providing food, cleaning supplies, clothing etc and helping clean out flood affected rooms … Continue reading

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Can cheap, flexible robots assist workers to make US manufacturing globally competitive?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (September 24, 2012) describes new robots announced by Rethink Robotics, priced at $ 22,000 and reprogrammable to assist workers with repititive tasks. Teaching the robot requires simulating the steps by moving its arms, after which the … Continue reading

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A global pharma supply chain as Walgreens and Alliance Boots combine forces

An article in Forbes (September 24,2012) describes a merger between Walgreens in the US and Alliance Boots in Europe to create a global supply chain serving “170,000 pharmacies, doctors and health clinics” globally. Analysts claim that providing a supply of … Continue reading

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Manufacturing hubs with entire supply chains in Ohio to be competitive

An article in Fortune (June 11, 2012) describes a plan proposed by Mark Kwamme to create Manufacturing hubs consisting of entire supply chains to compensate for higher labor costs. The goal is to reduce logistics costs and thus decrease overall … Continue reading

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A New Pentagon lab and better gas mileage for cars

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (May 21, 2012) describes a new Pentagon lab in Warren, Michigan to test alternate fuels, improve energy efficiency of parts amd thus improve tank designs. But the same technologies may assist automakers trying to increase their … Continue reading

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Lost opportunity for Pakistan’s textile mills ?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (April 30,2012) describes Pakistan’s textile industry as one of the world’s largest,employing 20% of the country’s labor and $14 billion in exports. But in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad, that produces 50% of the output, power … Continue reading

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Figuring out if Chinese solar panel manufacturers are dumping in the US

An article in the New York Times (May 16, 2012) describes possible countries whose cost structure could be used to estimate costs in China. In the past, costs in India i.e., labor, material, rent, electricity have been used as a … Continue reading

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Private Equity Efficiency Improvement and the Toyota Production System

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (April 26, 2012) describes the efficiency improvement generated by a private equity firm Monomoy Capital Partners. Examples include reducing forklift times by 10 minutes, finding lost inventory, streamlining operations etc. The company claims to runs kaizens … Continue reading

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Possible reasons for Microsoft to invest in the Nook – Barnes & Noble’s ereader

An announcement of Microsoft’s investment in the Nook, Barnes & Noble’s ereader, was described in an article in the New York Times (May 1, 2012). But there are many possible reasons for this investment. Does the use of the Microsoft … Continue reading

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