Hasbro Reduces China Sourcing

Hasbro Reduces China Sourcing

September 17, 2019

Hasbro continues to reduce ties with China, aiming to source less than 50% of its toys for the U.S. market from there by the end of 2020.  By 2023, that should drop to 33%.

Heading Trump’s call to American businesses to leave China, Hasbro continues to seek new opportunities for sourcing toys from Vietnam, India, Mexico, and back home in the U.S.  Hasbro’s exit actually began back in 2012, when 90% of its toys for the global market came from China.  Today that figure stands at two-thirds.


Video Spotlight: Hasbro CEO on reducing toy production in China below 50% by the end of 2020


This post is based on the CNBC article, Hasbro CEO says moving out of China has “gone very well for us”, by Jasmine Kim, August 27, 2019, and the YouTube video, Hasbro CEO on reducing toy production in China below 50% by the end of 2020, by CNBC Television, July 23, 2019. Image source: Design Pics / Don Hammond

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is Hasbro leaving China, a move which predated the Trump tariffs?

Guidance: In addition to the issue of higher costs because of recent tariff increases, other Continue reading

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Amazon Sellers Need Management Software

Amazon Sellers Need Management Software

April 30, 2019

For sellers trying to win an order (the coveted “buy box”) on Amazon, inventory and warehouse management software is critical.

With such software, small businesses trying to sell on Amazon can more easily achieve improved quality control, better demand planning, accurate cycle counts, dynamic routing flexibility, and superior stock level tracking.

This post is based on the Supply Chain 24/7 article, Inventory and Warehouse Management Software is Imperative to Sell on Amazon, by SkuVault, April 8, 2019. Image source: Cultura / Image Source

Discussion Questions:

1. How does this software solution decrease lead times? How does inventory quantity on hand interact with decreased lead times?  Will this software help a responsive and/or efficient supply chain?

Guidance: Students should be able to note time savings in order fulfillment to the end customer by better picking and routing.  Inventory levels should be decreased with lead time reductions to both the customer and from the suppliers.

Students may need a refresher on efficient versus responsive supply chains.  Ask them to elaborate on the ways this software can improve both types of supply chain.  Which supply chain type benefits the most from this software and why?  Continue reading

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