Boeing Pursues Cost-Cutting Measures

Boeing Pursues Cost-Cutting Measures

December 30, 2020

The decline in air travel amid the pandemic has led Boeing to consider moving its commercial airplane headquarters in Washington from Renton to Everett.

Besides consolidating production of its 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina, Boeing also wants to establish a mobile leadership team by putting managers close to production and delivery facilities.


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This post is based on the Herald Net article, A Boeing executive delivers good and bad news for Everett, by Janice Podsada, October 23, 2020; the Puget Sound Business  Journal article, Renton mayor says Boeing 737 Max production isn’t moving to Everett, by Andrew McIntosh, November 19, 2020; the FlightGlobal article, Return of 737 Max marks just one of Boeing’s comeback challenges for 2021, by Jon Hemmerdinger, December 14, 2020; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: ©Digital Vision/Getty Images, Inc.

Discussion Questions:

1. What measures did Boeing adopt to adjust its commercial airlines’ production, in response to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic?

Guidance: Boeing adopted various cost-cutting measures, including consolidating production of its 787 Dreamliner Continue reading

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Wendy’s: Where’s the Beef?

Wendy’s: Where’s the Beef?

In the 1980s, Wendy’s ran a very successful advertising campaign with the now-famous phrase, “Where’s the beef?”

This phrase has taken on new meaning as just under 20% of the company’s restaurants are out of beef.  Obviously, this is a difficult problem as Wendy’s is famous for its hamburgers.

The problem traces its origins to meat processing plants that are shut down, or are shutting down due to problems with a large number of workers contacting coronavirus.  These shut downs are now impacting the operations of Wendy’s.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Nearly A Fifth of Wendy’s US Restaurants Are Out of Beef, Analyst Says, by Amelia Lucas, May 5, 2020; the NY Post article, Trump Says He’ll Call Wendy’s Executive to Help Fix Meat Shortage, by Bob Fredericks, May 6, 2020; and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / smirart

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1. Why was Wendy’s one of the first to be hit by the meat Continue reading

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The Challenges of Making N95 Masks

The Challenges of Making N95 Masks

Why can’t we produce N95 masks fast enough?

As the US faces shortages of N95 masks, this article highlights the challenges of producing them. China, a country that has ramped up production for itself and for the world, has had to overcome major obstacles even with huge government subsidies and help from regulators. Problems ranging from material shortages to building machines threaten the conversion of existing capacity to mask manufacturing.


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This post is based on the npr.org article, COVID-19 Has Caused a Shortage of Face Masks. But They’re Surprisingly Hard to Make, by E. Feng and A. Cheng, March 16, 2020, and the YouTube video, Inside China’s Biggest Mask Factory, by Goldthread, March 19, 2020. Image source: ERProductions Ltd/Blend Images LLC.

Discussion Questions:

1. What problems do manufacturers face when they repurpose their facilities for the production of masks?

Guidance: Manufacturers have to overcome their lack of expertise in making new components, set up operations in sterile environments, buy used or new machines, purchase specialized materials in short supply or set up production lines for those materials, experience delivery delays, and train existing and new Continue reading

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