Ripple Effects of China’s Recycling Policy

Ripple Effects of China’s Recycling Policy

December 9, 2018

Trash piles up around the world as China’s 2018 “National Sword” policy cuts off global recycling at the knees.

It used to be that ships bringing Chinese goods to the U.S. returned home full of our recyclables, feeding a lucrative industry in China.  However, corruption, abuses, and environmental pollution in China led the government there to put the brakes on this industry beginning this year.

Whereas China and Hong Kong bought 60 percent of the G7’s plastic waste in the first half of 2017, that figure decreased to 10 percent in the first half of 2018. Bales of plastic that U.S. recyclers used to sell for $20 per ton now cost cities $10 per ton for disposal.

While China will still accept some cardboard, plastic, glass, and scrap metal, it can only have an impurity level of 0.5 percent, a standard most U.S. recyclers cannot achieve. Recyclers, governments, and consumers around the world are being forced to rethink their use of plastics, paper waste, and e-waste.


Video Spotlight: China Trash Ban Creates Crisis for US Recyclers


This post is based on the Australian Financial Review article, The $280b crisis sparked by China calling time on taking in “foreign Continue reading

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Wind-Powered Plant Builds GM’s SUVs

Wind-Powered Plant Builds GM’s SUVs

November 18, 2018

GM is planning to use 100% wind power to manufacture SUVs in its Arlington, Texas, plant.

The company is on track to meet its goal to power all plant operations with renewable energy sources by 2050.  Besides cost savings, the use of renewable energy sources will position GM as a green company ahead of its competitors.


Video Spotlight: GM will power its SUV plant with wind


This post is based on the ThomasNet.com post, GM Will Produce SUVs in TX Using Only Wind Power, and the video GM will power its SUV plant with wind, both by Anna Wells, October 23, 2018 Image source: nachai © 123RF.com.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does GM go about meeting its goal to power all plant operations with renewable energy sources?

Guidance: GM currently sources its wind power from the Cactus Flats Wind Farm in Eden, TX, to run all plant operations in its Arlington, TX, plant.  The wind farm also supplies some of the energy for its other Texas locations.  GM is planning to reach the remaining 80% of its renewable energy goal by relying on wind and solar as the only energy sources. Continue reading

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Walmart Going Toe-To-Toe With Prime?

Walmart Going Toe-To-Toe With Prime?

November 12, 2018

Walmart’s supply chain is becoming more customer-centric. Starting in November, customers can expect free two-day shipping with orders over $35 and in-store returns of items purchased online.

The in-store returns, in particular, are giving Walmart a competitive edge over Amazon which lacks a strong physical presence.

This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Walmart will expand 2-day shipping, in-store returns, by Shefali Kapadia, October 23, 2018 Image source: © David Schaffer / age fotostock.

Discussion Question:

1. What are the strategic impacts of Walmart’s service design changes?

Guidance: Free two-day shipping with orders over $35 and in-store returns are offered on items purchased from both Walmart and its third-party sellers.  These changes provide Walmart customers with a more seamless and uniform retail experience than its competitors like Amazon.

2. What are the supply chain impacts of Walmart’s service design changes?

Guidance: Faster shipping and easier returns will increase the demand for trucking capacity and present a major logistical challenge to Walmart’s supply chain

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