VW Partners with Amazon Web Services

VW Partners with Amazon Web Services

Volkswagen (VW) is in partnership with Amazon Web Services to link more than 120 VW factories to 1,500 suppliers and 30,000 plants worldwide via a cloud-based software and data portal.

The “industrial cloud” digitizes factory processes from stamping to painting to maintenance.  Supplier partners use an app store approach to share and contribute software applications.  Amazon provides support services, including data analytics and computing.


Video Spotlight: VW and Amazon team up to create an industrial cloud (Mar 28, 2019, Arirang News)


This post is based on the IT News article, VW sees Amazon-built ‘industrial cloud’ as future B2B marketplace, by Paul Lienert, July 24, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / vectorfusionart

Discussion Questions:

1.  What are the strategic implications of VW’s industrial cloud?

Guidance: The industrial cloud integrates VW factories with its suppliers and plants to digitize processes and improve supplier relationships.  The cloud technology better positions VW to compete on responsiveness, quality, and flexibility.

2. What role does VW’s industrial cloud play in its supply chain operation?

Guidance: The industrial cloud enables VW to address the barriers to integration of suppliers by sharing data Continue reading

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Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey is investing $1 million to acquire new production capabilities to make face masks for its employees and their families as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike other food and beverage companies that retrofit existing equipment for personal protective equipment (PPE) production, Hershey is expanding its capabilities to keep both chocolate and PPE manufacturing operations running.  This way Hershey ensures a safe and clean working environment for continual operations as well as providing relief for much needed face masks to protect health workers and general public against the highly contagious coronavirus.


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This post is based on the Food Dive article, Hershey to acquire facility to manufacture face masks, by Jessi Devenynys, April 28, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Dech St

Discussion Questions:

1. What capacity decision has Hershey made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Guidance: Face masks are in short supply as they are a key personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  The masks are also Continue reading

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Bug butter in Belgium

Bug butter in Belgium

Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium succeeded in replacing butter with Black soldier fly larva fat in waffles, cakes, and cookies.  Not only is the insect food higher in protein, vitamin, fiber and minerals, it is also more environmentally friendly and cheaper than animal products.


Video Spotlight: Scientists bake cake using insect ‘butter’ and folks can’t tell the difference (Feb 28, 2020, Breaking News)


This post is based on the Reuters article, Waiter, there’s a fly in my waffle: Belgian researchers try out insect butter, by Jakub Riha, February 28, 2020, and the YouTube video featured in the Video Spotlight. Image source: © 2/James Worrell/Ocean/Corbis.

Discussion Questions:

1. What operational issues are addressed by replacing butter with larva fat?

Guidance: It addresses economic and sustainability issues. Insect-based food is more environmentally friendly, and less expensive, than animal products.

2. In what ways is larva fat more sustainable than butter?

Guidance: Insects use less land and are more efficient at converting feed than cattle.  Additionally, less water is used to produce butter.

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