Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory

Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory

Telsa will build a 4-million square feet Gigafactory near Austin, Texas to make the company’s Cybertruck and other models for the eastern half of North America.

A tax break of $14.7 million and a young educated workforce are the main factors that attracted Telsa to locate its second vehicle factory in Texas.


Video Spotlight: Tesla to build its next Gigafactory in Austin, Texas (July 23, 2020, Fox Business)


This post is based on the Manufacturing article, Tesla Tabs Texas for Massive Gigafactory, by Tom Krisher, July 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Aleksei Potov/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  What kind of capacity expansion strategy is being undertaken by Telsa?

Guidance: It is an expand-early strategy.  By building a second vehicle factory in Texas, Telsa is able to achieve economies of scale, expand market share, and preempt competition in the electric/self-driving vehicle market.

2. What location decision factors are being considered by Telsa in choosing Texas to build its second vehicle factory?

Guidance: The factors include a tax break of $14.7 million, the young and educated workforce, the absence of corporate or individual income tax, and being close to its SpaceX rocket company.

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Limited Menus for Restaurants

Limited Menus for Restaurants

August 8, 2020

Taco Bell is the latest restaurant to trim the size of its menu. Many restaurants have recently reduced their menus in light of the pandemic’s impact on their business.

For example, McDonald’s temporarily eliminated all-day breakfast.  IHOP condensed its menu from 12 pages down to 2 pages.  Dave and Buster’s reduced its 40-item menu to 15 items.

Much of the reduction in menu sizes is attributed to the pandemic, but reduction in menu sizes provides many operational advantages.  These organizations may continue with the limited menus after pandemic restrictions end.


Video Spotlight: Taco Bell Menu 2020 Fast Food Chain Changing Menu Removing Items (July 22, 2020, News Today)


This post is based on the Newsweek article, Taco Bell Menu 2020: Fast Food Chain Changing Menu, Removing Items, by Seren Morris, July 22, 2020; the CNN article, Restaurant Menus Are Getting Smaller. Here’s What Some Big Chains Are Dropping, by Danielle Wiener-Bronner, June 24, 2020; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: weedezign/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why are restaurants reducing the size of their menu?

Guidance: The biggest reason for the reduction in the menus at restaurants is to simplify Continue reading

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Bottleneck for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine

Bottleneck for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine

 

Problems with testing continue, but they may not be what you think.

As the U.S. ramps up COVID-19 testing, the infrastructure to process the test results has become another impediment to containing the virus. A myriad of issues ranging from incompatible technologies to lack of data standardization has delayed the reporting of results. These delays have made it difficult for people testing positive to remember all the people with whom they had contacts before the test, which impairs the ability to control the spread of the virus.

 


Video Spotlight: Bottlenecks at the labs too


This post is based on The New York Times article, Bottleneck for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine, by S. Kliff and M. Sanger-Katz, July 13, 2020, and the YouTube video, Coronavirus Test Result Delays Hobble Pandemic Response Nationwide, by CBS News, July 20, 2020. Image source: Pixtal / SuperStock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is a bottleneck? How does the situation described in the article qualify as a bottleneck?

Guidance: A bottleneck is a point of congestion in a process. It occurs when demand exceeds or is equal to capacity. In the article, Dr. Shah says that “the data is Continue reading

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