Author Archives: F. Robert Jacobs

Tesla–A different mix of employees compared to other car companies.

Elon Musk, the savvy CEO of Tesla Motor, has recently posted on Twitter his need for “hard-core software engineers” to work at his company.  His electric-car company is looking to add thousands of employees in coming years.  The company is … Continue reading

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The Top Dozen Supply Chain Innovations of All-Time

First Thoughts     By Dan Gilmore – Editor-in-Chief     April 23, 2015     The Top Dozen Supply Chain Innovations of All-Time I am very keen on the subject of supply chain innovation right now, for a variety of reasons. First, … Continue reading

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Amazon–Robots Roam the Warehouses

Discussion Questions: Amazon has to deal with dramatic swings in demand throughout the year, with 1/3 of the company’s yearly revenue occurring during the holiday season.  How does Amazon handle the staffing of it “picking” operations to deal with the … Continue reading

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Is the the future? Warehouse voice/video picking technology

Thoughts on Augmented Reality in the Warehouse By Kevin Gue | 05/09/2014 | 8:06 AM I was recently sent a video of Google Glass being used in an order fulfillment center. The prospect of using Glass (or similar devices) in … Continue reading

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An update on required ‘Conflict’ Metals reporting…

Companies Detail Use of ‘Conflict’ Metals First Reports Filed to SEC on Potential Use of Minerals From a Region of War-Torn Africa By John Kester and Maxwell Murphy June 2, 2014 7:28 p.m. ET A dozen companies including Google Inc., … Continue reading

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New approach to making product on-demand.

Discussion Questions: This article describes a new system for making items using flexible single-worker cells.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of the system compared to using an assembly line? What if you were a company facing the need to … Continue reading

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Resilient and Cost Efficient Supply Chains

Discussion Questions: Carefully explain the difference between a “resilient” and an “efficient” supply chain. What is the difference between recurrent risks and disruptive risks?  How should each type of risk be dealt with? What strategies do the authors suggest for … Continue reading

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