Why General Motors Is Shutting Down 4 U.S. Factories
GM said that parts shortages related to the recent earthquakes in Japan will force it to shut down four U.S. plants for two weeks.
3D-Printed Shoe Race: How Do Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas Stack Up?
The use of 3D printing to produce custom components of athletic shoes for the general consumer market is in the early stages of what promises to be a long road. The race between Nike, Adidas, Under Armor and New Balance essentially started late last year, picked up pace this year, and promises still more jostling for position in 2016 and 2017.
RFID Brings Lululemon’s Inventory Accuracy to 98 Percent
The company’s ability to access RFID-based inventory data and choose to sell goods online or in store accounted for 8 percent of e-commerce revenue for the quarter.
Toyota, other major Japanese firms hit by quake damage, supply disruptions
Toyota Motor said it would suspend much of its production at plants across Japan this week after earthquakes in the country’s south led to a shortage of parts, while some other manufacturers extended stoppages due to damage to factories. The earthquakes on Thursday and Saturday, which killed at least 41 people, reflected the vulnerability of Japanese companies to supply chain disruptions caused by natural disasters, and also highlighted the “just in time” philosophy pioneered by Toyota and followed by many others.
Will Amazon’s Effort In Fashion World Be Successful?
Bloomberg recently mentioned that Amazon changed prices an average of 9.2 times per item whereas Macy’s changed 2.1 times and Kohl’s changed 1.5 times within the specific period. This shows the ability of the platform to try different price points to increase sales and maximize margins. All these efforts yielded a growth rate of 25% in the last year for Amazon. In comparison to this, Macy’s Inc. fell 3.7% and Kohl’s Corp. grew by a paltry 1%.
More Companies Turning to Sensors For Supply Chain Visibility (Spendmatters)
Sensors are proving to be one of the most widely adopted emerging technologies impacting supply chains today. The sensors provide data on the location and the condition of a company’s supplies and products as they are transported around the globe.They allow companies to gain end-to-end visibility of their supply chains and reduce risk. It’s a benefit more organizations are taking note of and continuing to drive adoption rates up.
Hands, heads and robots work in sync at Amazon warehouses
Amazon’s DuPont fulfillment center is a sort of laboratory for how the company is using robots to do much of its heavy lifting. But it also shows how the human workforce is not only necessary but superior in some respects.
Tesla is not the next Apple
Just because Apple can sell hundreds of thousands of $500 phones on faith, purely on the strength of the firm’s design credentials, is not an indicator that Tesla or any other automaker can. Tesla has proven it can create massive hype, but it has yet to show it can embrace the unsexy and extremely challenging task of building complex cars at mainstream scale with competitive quality. Instead of trying to be Apple, Tesla should be focused on developing the skills that will allow it to thrive in the brutally competitive, 90 million car-per-year market for boring, reliable transportation.