The Demise of Small Pharmacies

The Demise of Small Pharmacies

February 8, 2020

Changing trends in how customers fill their prescriptions and how big pharmaceutical companies transform the healthcare industry have caused closures of regional supermarket pharmacy counters across the U.S.

Fewer customers visit pharmacy counters while grocery shopping because many order their medications by mail, often in bulk, or get them at lower costs at big pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.

In addition to better deals on drug costs, big pharmacies offer healthcare “hubs” staffed by doctors and medical personnel to provide a wide range of medical services such as blood testing, diet seminars and yoga classes.


Video Spotlight: Grocery Stores Shutter In-Store Pharmacies


This post is based on the PYMNTS.com article, Grocery Stores Shutter In-Store Pharmacies, by PYMNTS, January 26, 2020, and the YouTube video, Grocery Stores Shutter In-Store Pharmacies by PYMNTS Media, January 27, 2020. Image source: Shutterstock / kurhan

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the operational challenges facing regional supermarket pharmacy counters?

Guidance: The operational challenges include (1) reduced customer demand because customers make fewer trips to pharmacy counters while grocery shopping; (2) higher drug costs due to limited connections to insurers and pharmaceutical companies; and (3) inability to  compete with big pharmacies that Continue reading

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Considering the Coronavirus Impact on Apple’s Supply Chain

Considering the Coronavirus Impact on Apple’s Supply Chain

February 7, 2020

The deadly coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 may negatively impact Apple’s business. China is Apple’s supplier as well as a strong retail market.

Apple has to prepare for disrupted operations in manufacturing, retail businesses and iCloud data centers as Chinese employees and consumers choose to stay away – or are required to – in order to avoid spreading the virus.

This is the first in a series of posts on OM in the News looking at how supply chains are affected by the coronavirus. 


Video Spotlight: How the coronavirus outbreak could affect the economy


This post is based on the IB Times article, Here’s How Coronavirus In China Could Impact Apple’s Business, by Julio Cachila, January 28, 2020, and the YouTube video, How the coronavirus outbreak could affect the economy by CNBC Television, January 22, 2020. Image source: lzf/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the challenges of managing global operations for Apple as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus in China?

Guidance: The challenges include labor unavailability, reduced sales, production halts, product shortages, and new product delays.

2. How does the coronavirus outbreak affect Apple’s supply chain?

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Hasbro Concerned by Frozen Sales

Hasbro Concerned by Frozen Sales

December 15, 2019

Rhode-Island based toy manufacturer, Hasbro, is the exclusive maker of Disney’s Marvel, Star Wars, and Frozen toys.  The toy industry has been underperforming since the closing of Toys “R” Us in 2017 and the recent trade war with China.  Hasbro and Disney are now counting on the release of “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars” movies to boost sales during this year’s holiday shopping season.


Video Spotlight: Hasbro buys Peppa Pig owner for $4 billion


This post is based on the CNN article, Hasbro really, really needs you to buy ‘Frozen 2’ and ‘Star Wars’ toys this holiday season, by Chauncey Alcorn, November 22, 2019, and the YouTube video, Hasbro buys Peppa Pig owner for $4 billion, by Quest Means Business, August 23, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock/current value

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the Hasbro’s supply chain challenges?

Guidance: The demand challenges include (1) a loss of 15% sales with the closing of Toys “R” Us, (2) the difficulty of predicting the demand for movie-related toys as these toys are dependent on the success of movies such as Frozen 2 and Star Wars, and (3) six fewer post-Thanksgiving shopping days in 2019 that further hurt Continue reading

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