Monthly Archives: March 2011

The United Auto Workers (UAW) Union Will Try to Organize at Foreign Car Makers

UAW recently outlined plans to hire some three dozen student interns, that would be recruited globally, trained, and sent abroad to organize rallies and protests in support of workers joining the union.  The union has set aside millions of dollars … Continue reading

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Stagflation Hits Nike–The Company Loses Its Grip on Costs

On March 17, 2011 Nike reported disappointing sales and gross margins. They reported rising labor and materials costs that it has passed along to customers through higher shoe prices.  Apparently, its customers are being squeezed by higher food and oil … Continue reading

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Financial Impact of Supply Chain Disruptions

Stagflation is persistent inflation combined with stagnant consumer demand and relatively high unemployment. Initially economists were predicting that gross-domestic-product growth would be about 4.5% in the U.S. during first quarter of 2011.  But due to high oil prices and geopolitical … Continue reading

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Japan Crisis Test Supply Chain’s Weak Links – Impact On Sales Not Significant

Some logistics specialists warn that just-in-time delivery systems, pioneered in Japan, are vulnerable to supply shocks.  Here the idea is to reduce inventory buffer to a bare minimum and to supply material at rates that closely match production use.  When … Continue reading

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Insuring Supply Chains Against Disruptions.

A March 17, 2011 article in the WSJ by Erik Holm and Serena Ng, tells how companies insure them against SCM disruptions.  The article indicates that $12B to $25B will be paid out by insurance to pay for losses from … Continue reading

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