Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

October 11, 2019

C&S Wholesale Grocers has partnered with FourKites to enable supermarkets and retailers to track store deliveries in real time from orders to delivery with a Delivery Alerts tool.

FourKites uses a predictive analytics platform with a proprietary algorithm to optimize shipment arrival. The network of more than 4 million GPS/ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) incorporates data from “truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, intermodal, last-mile and parcel transportation modes.”

C&S reported lowered operating costs, improved on-time delivery performance, and a 65% reduction in internal productivity loss.


Video Spotlight: How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?


This post is based on the Supermarket News article, C&S brings retailers more supply-chain visibility, by Russell Redman, September 24, 2019, and the YouTube video, How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?, by FourKites, July 18, 2017. Image source: Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Is C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Delivery Alerts tool an operational success? Explain.

Guidance: Yes – it lowers C&S’ operating costs, improves on-time performance, and increase productivity.

2. How does the Delivery Alerts tool better enable C&S to manage its supply chain?

Guidance: C&S has real-time information on its truckload, less-than truckload, ocean, rail, last-mile, and parcel transportation modes to Continue reading

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Apple Dodges Tariffs in Texas

Apple Dodges Tariffs in Texas

October 7, 2019

Apple is moving its Mac Pro production to Austin, Texas, as part of a plan to invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy by 2023.

Apple already has manufacturing locations in 36 states with 9,000 domestic suppliers. The move not only helps Apple to abate the impact of trade tariffs but also to have a product that is made entirely in USA.


Video Spotlight: Mac Pro to be manufactured in Texas


This post is based on the IB Times article, Apple News: Mac Pro Production Moves To Texas To Dodge Tariffs, by Thomas Kira, September 23, 2019, and the YouTube video, Mac Pro to be manufactured in Texas, by Newsy, September 23, 2019. Image source: © McGraw-Hill Education

Discussion Questions:

1. In what ways is Apple’s decision to move its Mac Pro production to Austin, Texas, capacity-related?

Guidance: The move is a capacity-related decision because Apple has to determine what capacity it needs to make Mac Pro using only domestic suppliers and workers instead of outsourcing the assembly processes to China.

2. What are the reasons for Apple to move its Mac Pro production to Austin, Texas?

Guidance: Trade tariffs make it less economical to Continue reading

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KFC’s Limited-Time Menu

KFC’s Limited-Time Menu

September 29, 2019

KFC has been utilizing its limited-time menu by launching 3 chicken sandwiches over the summer and early fall 2019.

In July, the company released its Cheetos Chicken sandwich.  In late August, KFC introduced the plant-based Beyond Chicken sandwich (okay, so technically it isn’t chicken), which sold out in a matter of hours (see our OM In The News post about it.).  And in September, KFC introduced its KFC & Doughnuts sandwich—replacing the bun with doughnuts.

In all three cases, the items were/are available only for a limited time.


Video Spotlight: KFC debuts new chicken and donut sandwich


This post is based on the Washington Post article, KFC’s New Fried Chicken and Doughnut Sandwich Is Terrifying and Delicious, by Emily Heil, September 24, 2019; the Washington post article, KFC’s Cheetos Chicken Sandwich Looks Toxic and Tastes Like A Missed Opportunity, by Maura Judkis, July 17, 2019; and the YouTube video, KFC debuts new chicken and donut sandwich, by WCNC, September 18, 2019. Image source: Pixtal/AGE Fotostock

Discussion Questions:

1. What Operations Management problems does a limited-time menu present?

Guidance: Limited-time menu items presents several problems from an operations management perspective.  One Continue reading

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