Electric Car Market Charges Ahead

Electric Car Market Charges Ahead

September 6, 2019

The electric car market is expected to overtake combustion engine vehicle sales in another 20-30 years.

Currently, even the lower cost electric cars are still more expensive than similar sized combustion engine vehicles. The upper end of the price range for electric cars is naturally limited by a small market.

The key to growing electric car sales will be tied to lower battery costs, which is starting to take place, along with the development of mass market vehicles. New electric cars are much faster to design and build, given fewer parts needed to operate an electric vehicle.

In addition, VW and GM are starting to develop fast-charging stations in a nationwide network to encourage consumers to confidently drive an electric vehicle almost anywhere. This infrastructure is needed to spur sales and helps address consumer concerns over the limited range of electric vehicles. The overseas markets are likely going to mature sooner than the US market for electric vehicles.


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Evolution in Warehouse Construction

Evolution in Warehouse Construction

August 31, 2019

Supply Chain Dive’s “8 ways warehouse construction has evolved” is the second article in a series looking at the major changes that continue to revolutionize warehouse facilities.

Modern warehouses tend to be larger, located in urban areas to decrease fulfillment time, offer more amenities to the staff to attract and retain workers, and handle cold storage. Online retailers are a key factor in warehouse transformation.


Video Spotlight: Behind the scenes of an Amazon warehouse


This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, 8 ways warehouse construction has evolved, by Jenn Goodman, August 8, 2019, and the YouTube video Behind the scenes of an Amazon warehouse, by Fox 13 News – Tampa Bay, November 26, 2015. Image source: PKM1/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. Ask students to read both the Supply Chain Dive article, and this additional source about warehouse construction. How are the cold storage capabilities of modern warehouse design important to companies that mail prepared fresh meals to a residence?  Could those meal retailers grow without this cold storage capability on such a large scale?

Guidance: This is an easy question to get students to review the two articles and consider Continue reading

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Where’s the Beef? Tyson Juggles Capacity

Where’s the Beef? Tyson Juggles Capacity

August 29, 2019

Fire at a Tyson Foods beef processing plant has affected the company’s ability to maintain supply.  The plant processes 6% of the fed cattle in the US.

Processing capacity in the US is nearly maxed out, so the dip in capacity will increase beef prices nationally.  Tyson is working to move production to other sites.


Video Spotlight: Tyson Foods CEO: Raising Expectations | Mad Money | CNBC


This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Tyson shifts production after plant fire to ‘keep supply chain full’, by Emma Cosgrove, August 13, 2019, and the YouTube video Tyson Foods CEO: Raising Expectations , by CNBC, November 2, 2017. Image source: Foodcollection.

Discussion Questions:

1. What capacity management strategies should Tyson employ now?

Guidance: Students should recognize the need for back up sites or arrangements.  Ask students to describe how outsourcing arrangements might be used to acquire short term capacity with smaller meat processing facilities.  Do any small processors exist?  If not, what other arrangements can be made at the remaining Tyson plant to increase capacity or raise production?  Is the remaining plant operating 24/7 already?  Can some beef processing Continue reading

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