Samsung Plans to Manufacture Semiconductors in the US

Samsung Plans to Manufacture Semiconductors in the US

Samsung is investing $13 billion in a chip-making factory in the US, which would employ 1,900 people by October 2022.

Three location alternatives are being considered: Texas, Arizona, and New York.

Samsung will be competing with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for the top leadership position in the $400 billion chip-making industry in the US.


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This post is based on The Hill article, Samsung considering investing billions in US chip plant, by Lexi Lonas, January 23, 2021; the KVUE article and video, Samsung reportedly considering $10B chip-making plant in Austin, by KVUE News Staff, Jan 22, 2021; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: MS Mikel/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  How does Samsung compete operationally in the chip-making industry of the US?

Guidance: To achieve the goal of becoming the top chipmaker in the US by 2030, Samsung needs a local presence to catch up with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.. Having a chip-making factory based in the US is the first step towards that goal.

2.  What are the location factors being considered by Samsung in building Continue reading

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P.F. Chang’s Expands To-Go

P.F. Chang’s Expands To-Go

January 12, 2021

P.F. Chang’s has over 200 restaurants in the United States, and an additional 95 restaurants across 25 countries.  For the majority of these restaurants, the majority of revenue is derived from dining in the restaurant.

With its percentage of sales increasing for take-out and delivery, P.F. Chang’s has been moving away from traditional dine-in restaurants.  Even before the pandemic, the company closed its Chicago dine-in restaurant and opened three to-go restaurants throughout the Chicago area.  Their plan is to open three to-go restaurants in New York City, with an additional 12 to-go locations throughout the United States.

The to-go locations use a smaller footprint by not having a dining area.  A traditional P.F. Chang’s restaurant would be approximately 7,000 square feet.  The to-go version will be between 1,500 to 2,000 square feet.  These to-go sites will offer a reduced menu, concentrating on customer favorites.


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This post is based on the Restaurant Dive article, P.F. Chang’s Continues Takeout-Only Expansion with NYC Launch, by Julie Littman, October 19, 2020; the Jacksonville Daily Record article, P.F. Chang’s bringing To Go concept Continue reading

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Amazon’s Thousand Suburban Warehouses

Amazon’s Thousand Suburban Warehouses

November 3, 2020

Amazon plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs across the United States, with plans to increase this number to approximately 1,500.

The move is to further the company’s goal of same day delivery to customers.  Walmart and Target have been using their network of stores to provide same day delivery, with Walmart implementing Walmart+, its own version of Amazon Prime.

Amazon’s small delivery hubs are planned to be about 200,000 square feet, one-quarter the size of the company’s fulfillment centers.  Moreover, these suburban hubs will provide parking lot space for hub workers, Amazon delivery vans, and the gig workers who make Amazon deliveries.

Overall, it is expected that each small delivery hub will generate around 1,000 vehicle trips per day.


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This post is based on the Yahoo Finance article, Amazon Plans to Put 1,000 Warehouses in Suburban Neighborhoods, by Spencer Soper, September 16, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: jeremyiswild/Getty Images

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1. What advantage does the small delivery hub offer?

Guidance: These small hubs allow inventory to be Continue reading

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