Tag Archives: Imports

Can consumers force retailers to develop ethical supply chains for products?

In a discussion in the Sunday Review of the New York Times (May 12, 2013), Professor Jerry Davis suggested that consumers can demand from retailers that they develop ethical supply chains, following the deaths of employees manufacturing clothing in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

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Importing garbage to produce energy in Oslo

An article in the New York Times (May 1,2013) describes the city of Oslo’s success in using garbage, with recyclable content removed, to generate heat and electricity. With half the city and all schools supplied by garbage generated energy, supply … Continue reading

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The impact of sequestration on US supply chains

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (March 11, 2013) describes the impact of the US government sequester on food and transport. Food inspector cutbacks means that meat, poultry and egg processors may have to cut back operations as the inspectors are required … Continue reading

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Mexican tomato floor prices increased to please US growers

An article in the New York Times (February 4,2013) describes an agreement between the US and Mexico to raise prices for imported Mexican tomatoes by up to twice its earlier levels. The new agreement was demanded by Florida growers to … Continue reading

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The impact of a US-Europe free trade agreement on auto supply chains

An article in the New York Times (March 7, 2013) describes the possible impact of a US-Europe free trade agreement on automobile production. Executives at BMW and Mercedes claim that they would manufacture cars in the US and ship them … Continue reading

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Will local supply solve the horsemeat contamination problem?

An article in the Financial Times (March 3,2013) describes a decision by Tesco, a UK retailer, to increase use of local sources, starting with chicken and working towards others. Similarly,Carrefour, a French retailer, claimed it would shift to French sources. … Continue reading

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Does “fast fashion” create safety problems for employees at global supplier factories ?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (February 7,2013) suggests that the fast (even two week) fashion cycles at Zara, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) create stress on suppliers in Bangladesh who need to respond rapidly or lose the business. The corresponding stress shifts … Continue reading

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Quicksourcing – using manufacturing in Tijuana to support design in the US

An opinion piece in the New York Times (January 26,2013) by Chris Anderson describes his company, 3D Robotics, that has a factory in San Diego and another in Juarez, 20 minutes away but across the border in Mexico. He describes … Continue reading

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How suppliers sometimes overestimate their power in a supply chain

The New York Times (November 21,2012) describes the role, in 1861, of Southern US cotton growers who supplied cotton to British mills and imported household furniture, thus serving as a source of supply and demand. In April 1861, when the … Continue reading

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Argentina’s DJIA system for imports and supply chain impact

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (November 12, 2012) describes the DJIA system (initials of the Spanish law) that requires each importer to compensate with an equivalent amount of exports. Thus, a bicycle manufacturer who imports parts compensates with the export of … Continue reading

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