Hasbro Reduces China Sourcing

Hasbro Reduces China Sourcing

September 17, 2019

Hasbro continues to reduce ties with China, aiming to source less than 50% of its toys for the U.S. market from there by the end of 2020.  By 2023, that should drop to 33%.

Heading Trump’s call to American businesses to leave China, Hasbro continues to seek new opportunities for sourcing toys from Vietnam, India, Mexico, and back home in the U.S.  Hasbro’s exit actually began back in 2012, when 90% of its toys for the global market came from China.  Today that figure stands at two-thirds.


Video Spotlight: Hasbro CEO on reducing toy production in China below 50% by the end of 2020


This post is based on the CNBC article, Hasbro CEO says moving out of China has “gone very well for us”, by Jasmine Kim, August 27, 2019, and the YouTube video, Hasbro CEO on reducing toy production in China below 50% by the end of 2020, by CNBC Television, July 23, 2019. Image source: Design Pics / Don Hammond

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is Hasbro leaving China, a move which predated the Trump tariffs?

Guidance: In addition to the issue of higher costs because of recent tariff increases, other Continue reading

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Origami Paper as Packaging

Origami Paper as Packaging

September 13, 2019

As more and more people see plastics as an environmental problem, companies are looking for ways to remove plastics from their products. Packaging is one area that is drawing attention.  A variety of approaches are being considered.

The environmental tactics include:

  • Use recycled material for packaging.
  • Make the packaging more recyclable.
  • Eliminate or reduce packaging.
  • Encourage reuse.
  • Create alternate uses for the packaging after the product is removed.

One interesting approach being tried in Japan is the use of origami paper as packaging for the KitKat Minis by Nestlé.  The packaging will include instructions for origami.  Nestlé anticipates over 380 metric tons of plastic waste will be saved by the change.  The company had previously launched its snack bar “YES!” in recyclable paper packaging.


Video Spotlight: Nestle is swapping plastic wrappers on KitKats for origami paper


This post is based on the Verdict Food Service article, Nestlé Swaps From Plastic To Origami Paper On Japanese Kitkats, by Rosie Lintott, August 14, 2019; the BBC article, Plastic pollution: The plastic alternatives making a comeback, by Newsround, August 15, 2019; and the YouTube video, Nestle is swapping plastic wrappers on KitKats for origami paper, Continue reading

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Macy’s Handles Complex Logistics with Google Cloud

Macy’s Handles Complex Logistics with Google Cloud

September 1, 2019

Macy’s warehouse management system is powered by a new Google Cloud management and analytics software to address complex logistic issues.

To meet ‘back to school’ and holiday season demands, the cloud-based analytics solutions optimizes the retailer’s supply chain, ensuring efficient shipment of merchandise from a 675,000 square foot warehouse in Columbus, Ohio, to over 200 stores.

Macy’s plans to implement the warehouse management system to service other distribution centers and direct-to-customer orders.


Video Spotlight: Google Cloud Helps DSW Engage Over 28M Shoe Lovers, Real Time


This post is based on the Today’s ECommerce article, Macy’s leverages Google Cloud and Analytics to optimize its Warehousing, by Pulkit Rastogi, August 27, 2019, and the YouTube video Google Cloud Helps DSW Engage Over 28M Shoe Lovers, Real Time, by Google Cloud, January 10, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / anucha maneechote.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the operational benefits of Macy’s cloud-based warehouse management system?

Guidance: It optimizes the shipment of merchandise from warehouses to stores to meet back to school and holiday demand, allows Macy’s to stay competitive, and meet customer demands.

2. How does Macy’s cloud-based warehouse management system influence its business process?

Guidance: The system is a Continue reading

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