Weather Stopped Beer Delivery With Super Bowl Looming

Weather Stopped Beer Delivery With Super Bowl Looming

February 11, 2019

Several beer distributors in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area stopped delivery of their products on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  With extremely cold weather in the area, many organizations shut-down for the day, including several beer distributors.  Many of the beer distributors decided that it was unsafe for their delivery drivers to be out in the extreme cold.  Additionally, their products don’t handle cold weather well.

Bad timing, with the Super Bowl only 4 days away, but winter weather shows no mercy for kickoffs.

This post is based on the Journal Sentinel article, No beer deliveries in Milwaukee today. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature, by Kathy Flanigan, January 30, 2019. Image source: Getty Images/iStockphoto.

Discussion Questions:

1. What operational problems does a shutdown present?

Guidance: Unexpected disruptions in the supply chain are difficult.  With the Super bowl approaching, beer distributors want to have the store shelves full of their product.  However, cancellations occurred in a relatively short time period.  If they had substantial warnings of the impending cold, distributors could have made extra or larger deliveries before the temperatures forced a shut-down.  Weather forecasts can be unpredictable, making it difficult to anticipate such Continue reading

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Automation is Not Always the Answer

Automation is Not Always the Answer

February 11, 2019

With the maturing of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, there has been a push to automate a variety of processes.  Automation can improve performance and reduce costs, but not all processes will be or should be automated.

Here are a few of the current limitations in automation:

  • Most robots are limited to menial tasks.
  • Climbing stairs or maneuvering in rough surfaces is still difficult.
  • Processes that require decision-making continue to pose challenges.
  • Putting a personal touch on automated services is difficult.
  • Many automated processes are not cost efficient.

This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Not everything in the supply chain should be automated, by Craig Guillot January 22, 2019. Image source: Montgomery Martin / Alamy Stock Photo.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why shouldn’t come processes be automated?

Guidance: Reasons for not automating processes range from cost to technical limitations to processes that need human intervention.  Processes that require a personal touch (the soft skills) may never be automated.  In many cases customers want to interact with a person.  Also, some processes need the ability to understand what the customer wants.  Such processes are difficult, if not impossible, Continue reading

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No Chick-fil-A at the Super Bowl

No Chick-fil-A at the Super Bowl

February 4, 2019

Chick-fil-A will soon be the third largest fast food chain. And the College Park, Georgia-based company continues to uphold its long-standing policy of being closed on Sundays.

One of its locations is a fast-food stand inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home for the Atlanta Falcons.  This stadium is also home to Super Bowl LIII.

The no-Sundays policy means, for the vast majority of the Falcons’ home games, and for Super Bowl LIII, fans will not be able to enjoy Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwiches during the game.


Video Spotlight: Go Inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Chick-fil-A


This post is based on the Fox 29 article, Chick-fil-A: Closed Sundays… even Super Bowl Sunday!, by Fox News 5, January 22, 2019; and the YouTube video, Go Inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Chick-fil-A, by chickfila, January 3, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing / SuperStock.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why did Chick-fil-A choose this location, if it will be closed for most of the Atlanta Falcons’ games?

Guidance: Although the location will be closed for the majority of the Atlanta Falcons’ games, there are many other events at the stadium.  These include Major League Soccer (Atlanta United FC), college football games including Continue reading

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