Alcohol Producers Shift Production to Hand Sanitizer

Alcohol Producers Shift Production to Hand Sanitizer

Alcohol producers across the U.S. and Canada are shifting production to hand sanitizer to alleviate the shortage of the cleaner in fighting the coronavirus.

Small spirits companies such as Air Co. in New York and BENDT Distilling Co. in Texas are able to use their processing equipment, donated alcohol and bottles, and skill sets to join hands with big industry players such as rum maker Bacardi and Beer maker Auheuser-Busch In Bev to supply hospitals and first responders in their local communities with the much needed virus fighting tool.


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This post is based on the Forbes article, Why A Brooklyn Vodka Maker And A Texas Whiskey Distiller Have Joined The Hand Sanitizer Brigade, by Robin D. Schatz, March 27, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Svanblar/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. How do alcohol producers practice social responsibility in the fight against the coronavirus crisis?

Guidance: Hand sanitizer is in severe shortage as consumers, hospitals and other establishments stock up the much needed cleaner to protect Continue reading

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The Challenges of Making N95 Masks

The Challenges of Making N95 Masks

Why can’t we produce N95 masks fast enough?

As the US faces shortages of N95 masks, this article highlights the challenges of producing them. China, a country that has ramped up production for itself and for the world, has had to overcome major obstacles even with huge government subsidies and help from regulators. Problems ranging from material shortages to building machines threaten the conversion of existing capacity to mask manufacturing.


Video Spotlight: How China Can Produce 200 Million Masks a Day


This post is based on the npr.org article, COVID-19 Has Caused a Shortage of Face Masks. But They’re Surprisingly Hard to Make, by E. Feng and A. Cheng, March 16, 2020, and the YouTube video, Inside China’s Biggest Mask Factory, by Goldthread, March 19, 2020. Image source: ERProductions Ltd/Blend Images LLC.

Discussion Questions:

1. What problems do manufacturers face when they repurpose their facilities for the production of masks?

Guidance: Manufacturers have to overcome their lack of expertise in making new components, set up operations in sterile environments, buy used or new machines, purchase specialized materials in short supply or set up production lines for those materials, experience delivery delays, and train existing and new Continue reading

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Did Disney Forecast the Demand Drop For Galaxy’s Edge?

Did Disney Forecast the Demand Drop For Galaxy’s Edge?

August 22, 2019

Disney, worried about park overcrowding and negative guest experiences with the opening this summer of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge attraction, managed instead to kill off demand.

Ticket prices were higher, annual pass holders faced blackout dates, guests required reservations to ride the new Star Wars ride, and hotel prices went up in front of anticipated demand.  These plans were so “successful” in warding off an onslaught of guests that park attendance dropped three percent over the summer.

In addition, some guests may be holding off till the second Star Wars ride opens at the Anaheim Disneyland in January, while fans of the Orlando park are awaiting their first one at the end of this August.

Despite lower attendance, higher ticket prices contributed to a 10% jump in average guest spending, while hotels saw their occupancy rates increase from 86% to 88%.


Video Spotlight: WHAT’S HAPPENING with Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?!


This post is based on the Business Insider article, Disney Discouraged “Star Wars” Fans From Visiting Its New Galaxy’s Edge Area, and Domestic Park Visits and Profits Dropped, by Theron Mohamed, August 7, 2019; the Fox News article, Disney CEO partially blames Star Wars land for Continue reading

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