VW Partners with Amazon Web Services

VW Partners with Amazon Web Services

Volkswagen (VW) is in partnership with Amazon Web Services to link more than 120 VW factories to 1,500 suppliers and 30,000 plants worldwide via a cloud-based software and data portal.

The “industrial cloud” digitizes factory processes from stamping to painting to maintenance.  Supplier partners use an app store approach to share and contribute software applications.  Amazon provides support services, including data analytics and computing.


Video Spotlight: VW and Amazon team up to create an industrial cloud (Mar 28, 2019, Arirang News)


This post is based on the IT News article, VW sees Amazon-built ‘industrial cloud’ as future B2B marketplace, by Paul Lienert, July 24, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / vectorfusionart

Discussion Questions:

1.  What are the strategic implications of VW’s industrial cloud?

Guidance: The industrial cloud integrates VW factories with its suppliers and plants to digitize processes and improve supplier relationships.  The cloud technology better positions VW to compete on responsiveness, quality, and flexibility.

2. What role does VW’s industrial cloud play in its supply chain operation?

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The Reusable Origami Bottle

The Reusable Origami Bottle

July 27, 2020

The reusable bottle may never be the same.  DiFOLD has developed a bottle that is collapsible, and named it the Origami bottle.

One use of this bottle is for water.  The bottle can be folded easily and carried in collapsed form in a backpack or purse.  The user can then fill the container from a drinking fountain or refill station.  This would eliminate the need to purchase a plastic bottle of water.

The Origami bottle offers several features.  It is made from a plant-based material, whereas many competitor products use petroleum in their production.  This bottle’s material is easily recycled.  It is also durable.

Another use of this product is to refill it with other liquids besides water, leading to the nickname of ‘the Milk Man model’.   Although not as common today, at one point in time it was very common for milk to be delivered in reusable glass bottles.  The origami bottle hopes to replicate this approach by having customers bring back the bottle to the store to be refilled at the store.  Or it could be returned in collapsed form to a facility to be refilled.


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Hotels Plan Capacity and Cleaning Processes

Hotels Plan Capacity and Cleaning Processes

June 29, 2020

Hilton partners with Lysol and the Mayo Clinic as it repositions its strategy around the core competencies of “clean and safe.”

Other hotels are similarly redesigning strategies and services to meet the return of travelers in a post-coronavirus age.

In this new world of hospitality management, cleanliness is likely to be the customer’s biggest priority, and hotels are preparing to meet those needs in ways never before imagined.

Traditional hotel staples like breakfast buffets, make-your-own waffles, and freshly baked welcome cookies may be replaced with “to go” offerings in sealed bags or packaged cookies provided in hotel rooms.  Cleaning technologies like electrostatic sprayers that use hospital-grade disinfectants and ultraviolet light technology may be use to clean public areas as well as rooms.  Restrictions on the number of riders on elevators and digital keys that allow guests to enter rooms using their cellphones are likely to also become the norm.


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