Quality Issues Cause Boeing’s 737 Max Inventory Glut

Quality Issues Cause Boeing’s 737 Max Inventory Glut

January 5, 2020

Boeing has decided to halt production temporarily of its 737 Max airplanes.

Since the crashes earlier in the year, Boeing has continued to produce planes in anticipation of approval by the Federal Aviation Administration for the plane to fly again.  Instead, orders have all but ceased for the plane and over 400 aircraft are already sitting as finished goods at Boeing.

Boeing decided to shut down production temporarily, given excess inventory in stock.  However, Boeing plans to shift its focus to delivering the planes in inventory.  Boeing seeks to minimize long term impact on production and suppliers with this temporary halt.


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This post is based on the CNN article, Boeing is halting production of the embattled 737 Max starting in January, by Clare Duffy, December 17, 2019, and the YouTube videos listed in the Video Spotlight. Image source: Monty Rakusen/Getty Images

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Cobalt Mines, Child Labor, and Consumer Demand

Cobalt Mines, Child Labor, and Consumer Demand

January 5, 2020

Cobalt demand has risen in the past twenty years since it is an essential element in rechargeable lithium batteries.  Demand is expected to increase as electric car popularity grows.

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple, Tesla, Microsoft, and other companies by the International Rights Advocates claiming that these companies knowingly profited from children laboring in cobalt mines under brutal conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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This post is based on the MarketWatch article, Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, accused of profiting from child labor in cobalt mines, by Associated Press, December 17, 2019, and the YouTube videos listed in the Video Spotlight. Image source: BananaStock/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Perform a web search on cobalt mining in Africa.  Perform a web search on the demand for cobalt in battery production.  What do you think is likely happening in the Congo’s cobalt mines regarding the use of child labor and work safety?

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Will Uber Enable Local Deliveries?

Will Uber Enable Local Deliveries?

December 21, 2019

Will Uber play a role in the retail industry of the future?

CEO Khosrowshahi recently announced the potential for his ride hailing company to branch out from food delivery to delivery from any local retailer.  He envisions a delivery being made in under 30 minutes in busy metropolitan areas like New York.


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This post is based on the Reuters article, Uber may offer courier services for retail business – CEO Khosrowshahi, by Tina Bellon, December 4, 2019, and the YouTube video, Uber Eyes Retail Delivery, by PYMNTS Media, December 5, 2019. Image source: Ingram Publishing

Discussion Questions:

1. How could Uber’s role in retail delivery affect other businesses strategies or ability to compete?

Guidance: At a time when bricks and mortar stores face both declining sales from online competition, and fast delivery options like Amazon Prime, Uber retail delivery could potentially breathe new life into fading retail chains.  Rather than ordering online from Amazon and waiting a day or two for delivery, Uber retail could offer items in 30 minutes or less for those willing to pay for the convenience of speed and the ability to buy locally. Continue reading

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