Category Archives: Supply Chain Strategy

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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Navy Awards Two Shipbuilding Contracts for New Submarines

Discussion Questions: Read the following article carefully.  What are the details of the contracts that that the Navy struck with General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls? Would not it have been better if the Navy had only awarded one contract?  What … Continue reading

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Toyota Consolidating Operations in Texas

Discussion Questions: Carefully read the following article.  What Toyota positions are being moved to Texas?  Why is Toyota making this change? What are the incentives that Texas is offering Toyota?  How significant are these to Toyota’s decision? What are the … Continue reading

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The Leveraging Impact of Lower Energy Cost

Discussion Questions Recalling your study of Economics, define what the “leveraging” effect is?  In your definition go beyond the idea of using a small amount of money to borrow a large amount.  Think about it relative to building a new … Continue reading

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Apple Targets “Conflict Materials” Suppliers

Discussion Questions The goal of being “conflict-free” relates to compliance with the ethical sourcing of materials used in a company’s products.  Read the following article to learn how this relates to Apple Computer products. Note that in many cases the … Continue reading

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GM CEO has strong background in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Discussion Questions From the article, what can you learn about Mary Barra’s background as it relates to Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM? How does an understanding in OSCM help the CEO of GM? Are there other major companies that … Continue reading

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