Category Archives: Global Sourcing

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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Google Glass – The Launch of a New Product

Discussion Questions: This post has two articles that describe the launch of the new “Google Glass” product.  Read the articles carefully and describe what Google has done so far to develop this product and understand the market for it. The … Continue reading

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Whirlpool Move Production Back to the US

Discussion Questions to consider when reading this article: What are the major costs that should be considered when locating a plant? How might these costs change over time? What is an appropriate planning horizon for these decisions? What factors, other … Continue reading

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New Balance balances US/China production…

New Balance Sweats Push to End U.S. Shoe Tariffs By TIMOTHY AEPPEL New Balance is the last company that makes running shoes in the U.S., a testament to its commitment to domestic manufacturing. The economics are tough, but executives say … Continue reading

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An update to the Gibson Guitar Purchasing Problem

WSJ – Updated August 6, 2012, 8:06 p.m. ET Gibson Guitar to Pay Fine Over Wood Imports By KRIS MAHER Bloomberg News Gibson guitars, hung to dry after being lacquered in Nashville last year. Gibson Guitar Corp. agreed to pay … Continue reading

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Ford–The Cost of the Battery in an Electric Car

AUTOS Updated April 17, 2012, 4:28 p.m. ET Ford CEO: Battery Is Third of Electric Car Cost by MIKE RAMSEY One of the auto industry’s most closely guarded secrets—the enormous cost of batteries for electric cars—has spilled out. Speaking at … Continue reading

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Are Company Employees Liable If Materials Received Are Illegal?

The following article from the WSJ discusses the issue of who is responsible for the illegal import of wood.  Gibson does no deny that the wood was illegally imported (it sounds like technically, there was a labeling problem so some … Continue reading

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