Tag Archives: disruption

Can “Droptags” reduce damage processing costs ?

An article in the SupplyChainDigest(http://www.scdigest.com/ontarget/13-02-13-1.php?cid=672) describes a Droptag – a device developed by Cambridge Consultants consisting of a battery, bluetooth transmitter, accelerometer and memory chip to monitor whether packages have been dropped or mishandled. Upon delivery, the customer could detect … Continue reading

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Tunnel trade – and the impact of demand and supply of goods on either side

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (February 4, 2013) describes the tunnels (now numbering 500 but up to 1000 at one time) between the Gaza strip and Egypt. Transporting motorcycles, cars, contraband between the two sides enabled owners of these tunnels to … Continue reading

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Planning Recommendations to the New York Governer following hurricane Sandy

An article in the New York Times (January 4,2013) describes recommendations by two committees examining planning before and improving performance after a disaster strikes. The recommendations include building local fuel stockpiles, requiring some gas stations have generators that can assist … Continue reading

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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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Should the US government permit recycling of scrap metal from nuclear sites?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (January 17,2013) describes a plan by the US government to release scrap metal from nuclear sites. The scrap is described as containing low enough levels of radioactivity – comparable to exposures in a … Continue reading

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Is manufacturing shifting away from China due to wage increases ?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (January 17,2013) describes shifts in manufacturing out of China to compensate for the 20% wage increase compared to 2005, as well as an attempt by the government to shift to more value added … Continue reading

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Boeing’s Dreamliner’s lithium ion battery decision and current worries

An article in the New York Times (January 17,2013) describes the lithium ion batteries used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the current string of fires, as a crucial design element in the success of the airplane. The batteries increase … Continue reading

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The elections, toy introduction delays and preorders this holiday season

An article in the New York Times ( November 20, 2012) describes the increased media buys by candidates this election and thus delays in advertising toys. The focus on detecting hits by manufacturers and retailers is thus claimed to require … Continue reading

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Setting up a supply chain of transformers to transmit power during a grid failure

An article in the New York Times (November 16,2012) describes a recently unclassified National Academy report describing the vulnerability of the US power grid. Solutions described include custom step up and step down generators to maintain transmission across the grid … Continue reading

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The retail supply chain impact of Hurricane Sandy

An article in the New York Times (November 4, 2012) describes the impact of hurricane Sandy on the retail supply chain, action taken by companies and the possible consequences. With fuel supply shortages, FedEx started using fuel tankers to supply … Continue reading

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