Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey is investing $1 million to acquire new production capabilities to make face masks for its employees and their families as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike other food and beverage companies that retrofit existing equipment for personal protective equipment (PPE) production, Hershey is expanding its capabilities to keep both chocolate and PPE manufacturing operations running.  This way Hershey ensures a safe and clean working environment for continual operations as well as providing relief for much needed face masks to protect health workers and general public against the highly contagious coronavirus.


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This post is based on the Food Dive article, Hershey to acquire facility to manufacture face masks, by Jessi Devenynys, April 28, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Dech St

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1. What capacity decision has Hershey made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Boston Beer Recycles Beer from Expired Kegs

Boston Beer Recycles Beer from Expired Kegs

In the week of April 11th, beer sales rose by 11.6%.  However, not everything is rosy for beer producers.

The increase in retail sales has been offset by reduced sales to restaurants and bars that are shuttered during this pandemic.  So, beer producers have a mismatch between packaged beer and kegs.  They will need to change their production scheduling to reflect the shift in demand between packaged beer and kegs.

An additional problem is that many beer producers are receiving back expired kegs, and must determine what to do with them.

Many companies recycle expired beer by converting it to ethanol for gasoline.  However, the demand for gasoline is down as well during this pandemic.  One interesting solution is to convert them to ethanol for use as hand sanitizer.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Kegs Are Going Bad as Coronavirus Keeps Restaurants Closed. Boston Beer Has A Solution, by Amelia Lucas, April 24, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: JirkaBursik/Shutterstock.com

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Ramping Up Retail’s Rapid Response Capability

Ramping Up Retail’s Rapid Response Capability

Retailers can take some immediate actions to improve their supply chains during the pandemic, to create a rapid response capability.

Some of those actions include overriding algorithms to redirect inventory to high-density areas, daily meetings with suppliers, suppliers delivering directly to stores, a reduction in product variety, and a relaxation of same-day/next-day delivery requirements.

See the Supply Chain Digital article for additional recommendations by McKinsey & Company that focus on suppliers, merchandising, distribution, logistics, and fulfillment.


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This post is based on the Supply Chain Digital article, COVID-19: five priorities for retail supply chain, by Georgia Wilson, April 3, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Travel mania/Shutterstock

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1. Why does the Supply Chain Digital article mention a focus on reducing product variety for suppliers?

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