Where’s the Plant-Based Beef?

Where’s the Plant-Based Beef?

February 1, 2020

Impossible Foods bowed out, at least temporarily, from its bid to supply plant-based burgers to McDonald’s, because it lacks the capacity to meet the world’s largest burger company’s demand.

Currently, plant-based meats have only a tiny sliver of packaged meat sales. Capacity lags behind the growing demand.  Last year saw Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat vie for contracts with Burger King, Qdoba, Del Taco, Little Caesar’s, Subway, and KFC.   However, McDonald’s is still too tall an order for either to tackle, other than in a limited test market or regional format.


Video Spotlight: Impossible Foods abandons its pursuit to supply McDonald’s plant-based burgers


This post is based on the Vox article, Why McDonald’s has been slow to adopt meatless meat, by Kelsey Piper, January 9, 2020, and the YouTube video, Impossible Foods abandons its pursuit to supply McDonald’s plant-based burgers, by CNBC Television, January 7, 2020. Image source: Christopher Kerrigan/McGraw-Hill Education.

Discussion Questions:

1. What steps has McDonald’s taken to test plant-based burgers?

Guidance: Over the years McDonald’s has gradually introduced some plant-based burgers in its international markets, but the U.S. is still awaiting this product’s arrival.  Recently, McDonald’s announced that its Continue reading

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Effect of Chinese New Year on Inventory Management

Effect of Chinese New Year on Inventory Management

January 27, 2020

The Chinese New Year brings manufacturing slowdowns in China. United States companies must plan on being proactive in managing supply by making early purchases and scheduling transportation before the slowdowns begin.

Building buffer inventory in the United States as a result of early purchases means storage capacity in the United States must be managed proactively as well.


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This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Why procurement planning is critical ahead of Chinese New Year, by Amanda Loudin, January 16, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Video Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Dmitry Kalinovsky.

Discussion Questions:

1. Note in the article that the average shipping time from China to the United States is about 30 days.  How does this lead time impact inventory levels at United States facilities?

Guidance: This question is designed to get students to reflect on the interaction between lead time and inventory levels.   Ask students to suggest better ways to accumulate the additional Continue reading

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Package Deliveries Clog City Streets

Package Deliveries Clog City Streets

January 26, 2020

Over 1.5 million packages are delivered daily in New York City.

Same-day delivery from companies like Amazon, and the increasing movement of people and food deliveries by Uber, Lyft, and other companies, are all adding to New York’s traffic congestion.

The city is considering ways to curb the traffic.  One approach is to restrict the number of taxis, Uber and Lyft drivers, coupled with better mass transit.

Congestion pricing is another.  This charges vehicles fees to enter the city (or area) with the fee possibly changing based on congestion or anticipated congestion.  Bridges to New York City already charge tolls.

Plans for congestion pricing are already underway, with possible introduction by as early as 2021.


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This post is based on the Fast Company article, One-Day Deliveries Are Breaking Our Cities, by Jasper Dekker, December 23, 2019; the TT News article, NYC Creeps Ahead on Congestion Fees, Raising Doubts on Deadline, by Henry Goldman, December 27, 2019; and the YouTube videos in the Continue reading

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