Pfizer’s Massive Vaccine Cold Chain

Pfizer’s Massive Vaccine Cold Chain

December 10, 2020

Pfizer is building an ambitious supply chain and distribution system to deliver hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to vaccination sites in three days.

The vaccine is manufactured in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Puurs, Belgium at a rate of 7.6 million doses daily.  Shipping containers that can keep the loaded doses at a temperature of -100 Fahrenheit for up to 10 days are used to transport doses from the manufacturing sites to nearby airports as cargo on planes from FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

These carriers are also responsible for trucking doses from airports to vaccination sites such as hospitals.


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This post is based on the Fierce Pharma article, Planes, trucks and ultracold boxes: Pfizer preps massive COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort, by Eric Sagonowsky, October 21, 2020; the NPR article, Why Does Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Need To Be Kept Colder Than Antarctica?, by Selena Simmons-Duffin, November 17, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Wright Studio/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1. Is Pfizer’s vaccine supply chain transparent?  Explain.

Guidance: Pfizer’s vaccine supply chain has Continue reading

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Procurement Reset at Kraft Heinz

Procurement Reset at Kraft Heinz

 

Procurement is expected to become a strategic weapon for Kraft Heinz.

Beset by poor management and financial misconduct, procurement had become an embarrassment for Kraft Heinz. Under the direction of Marcos Eloi, the new Chief Procurement Officer, the department is being revamped and repositioned as a major cost savings contributor within the supply chain. Centralization, automation, and collaboration are the main characteristics of the transformation that Kraft Heinz touts as game changing, but that skeptics view as perhaps insufficient to deliver the results expected by the company.

 


Video Spotlight: Kraft Heinz’s CEO Describes the Shift in Strategy


This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, The Kraft Heinz Procurement Overhaul Is Here, by E. Cosgrove, September 24, 2020, and the YouTube video, Heinz CEO Discusses Selling off Cheese Business and the Company’s Reset Strategy, by Yahoo Finance, September 16, 2020. Image source: Comstock Images / Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. Describe the major aspects of the overhaul. Are they aligned with Operations’ competitive priorities (cost, quality, delivery, and flexibility)?

Guidance: The overhaul involves: 1) a decrease in transactional sourcing, 2) a reduction in internal manufacturing capacity and a heavier reliance on outsourcing, 3) Continue reading

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Reducing Emissions From Burps to Burgers

Reducing Emissions From Burps to Burgers

October 5, 2020

Fifty years ago, the Economist Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman wrote an article in the New York Times Magazine in which he stated that organizations cannot have “social responsibility”; only individuals can.  The role of a private corporation is to maximize shareholder value while acting ethically and within legal constraints.

Today, business leaders increasingly have a larger viewpoint of their responsibilities, referring to “stakeholders”, which includes customers, suppliers, employees and communities in which they operate.  On occasion, the sometimes disparate goals overlap, and a company can do good while also serving shareholder interests.  The use of Agolin as a natural feed additive represents one such example.

Livestock represent a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, at 14.5% of global emissions (2/3 from cattle).  With the U.S. representing the world’s largest beef consumer, American cattle herds’ burping and flatulence represent a big share of pollution.

Agolin is a natural feed additive that inhibits animal gas and may increase production.  Already demonstrated with growing use in Europe, American farmers are just starting to experiment with the new feed as new competitors enter a market poised to reach $1 – 2+ billion by 2030 (or faster by other estimates). Continue reading

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