What’s Your Amazon Day?

What’s Your Amazon Day?

March 24, 2019

Slower delivery, fewer packages.  Is it a step back in time or Amazon’s newest innovation for reducing packaging waste and delivery costs?

Bucking current trends for quick delivery including the success of its own Amazon Prime service, the company is now asking Prime customers in its test market to choose one day each week for consolidated deliveries.

“Amazon Day” is Amazon’s latest attempt to slow the deluge of demand for two-day deliveries and to reduce the number of boxes shipped to households.  Amazon Prime subscribers can order throughout the week up to two days before their preferred delivery day, and all the orders will be shipped out at once.


Video Spotlight: Amazon to let Prime members choose what day of the week to deliver


This post is based on the Seattle Times article, Amazon aims to save packaging, reduce emissions with designated delivery day, by Benjamin Romano, February 28, 2019; the Fortune article, “Amazon Day” Shipping Option Aims to Reduce Deliveries and CO2 Emissions, by Grace Dobush, March 1, 2019; and the YouTube video, Amazon to let Prime members choose what day of the week to deliver, by Good Morning America, March 1, 2019. Continue reading

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Model 3 Output Is Not Tesla’s Only Problem

Model 3 Output Is Not Tesla’s Only Problem

February 22, 2019

Since the fourth quarter of 2018, Tesla has successfully ramped up production of the Model 3 to gradually reduce the accumulated backorders for this “affordable” EV. However, as new owners experience minor accidents or mechanical problems that require service, too often the needed parts can take months to arrive.

Customer complaints are rising about these delays and flaws in newly delivered vehicles.  Elon Musk commented on the poor logistics of parts management, but the problem goes deeper since the number of service centers is limited to Tesla’s own network of 85 locations.

It is significant that Consumer Reports latest ratings position Tesla at 27th of 29 brands evaluated, a slide of six spots.


Video Spotlight: Top 2 most common supply chain problems


This post is based on the Breitbart article, Tesla is Failing to Service Its Customers’ Vehicles, by Lucas Nolan, February 11, 2019; the Wall Street Journal article, Tesla is Cranking Out Model 3s- Now It Has to Service Them, by Tim Higgins, February 10, 2019; and the YouTube video, Gerard Schouten shares top 2 most common supply chain problems, by Supply Chain Secrets, August 29, 2017. Image source: Shutterstock / Joey Continue reading

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Weather Stopped Beer Delivery With Super Bowl Looming

Weather Stopped Beer Delivery With Super Bowl Looming

February 11, 2019

Several beer distributors in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area stopped delivery of their products on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  With extremely cold weather in the area, many organizations shut-down for the day, including several beer distributors.  Many of the beer distributors decided that it was unsafe for their delivery drivers to be out in the extreme cold.  Additionally, their products don’t handle cold weather well.

Bad timing, with the Super Bowl only 4 days away, but winter weather shows no mercy for kickoffs.

This post is based on the Journal Sentinel article, No beer deliveries in Milwaukee today. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature, by Kathy Flanigan, January 30, 2019. Image source: Getty Images/iStockphoto.

Discussion Questions:

1. What operational problems does a shutdown present?

Guidance: Unexpected disruptions in the supply chain are difficult.  With the Super bowl approaching, beer distributors want to have the store shelves full of their product.  However, cancellations occurred in a relatively short time period.  If they had substantial warnings of the impending cold, distributors could have made extra or larger deliveries before the temperatures forced a shut-down.  Weather forecasts can be unpredictable, making it difficult to anticipate such Continue reading

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