F-35 Supply Chain Issues

F-35 Supply Chain Issues

Spare parts shortages, logistics problems in the global parts network, and repair backlogs are among some of the supply chain issues with the US Marine Corps’ fighter jet program that kept F-35s grounded 30% of the time during an eight-month period in 2018.

To better manage the F-35 supply chain, the GAO offered eight recommendations, including a comprehensive review of the supply chain.  Lockheed Martin is working on strengthening its subcontractor relationships to improve parts availability for the F-35.

This post is based on the United Press, International (UPI) article, F-35s grounded 30 percent of the time, GAO says in parts supply chain analysis, by Ed Adamczyk, April 26, 2019. Image source: jacephoto © 123RF.com

Discussion Questions:

1. How is the grounding of the F-35s a supply chain management issue?

Guidance: The delays for parts needed to repair the fighter jet were caused by lack of availability of parts from suppliers (sourcing), logistics problems with the global parts network (moving), and incompatible parts being ordered (making), reflecting poor management of the parts’ supply chain.

2. Does the unique design of the F-35 contribute to the complexity of managing the supply chain for the US Marine Corps? Continue reading

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Samsung’s Display Issues Unfold

Samsung’s Display Issues Unfold

Samsung’s latest smartphone, Galaxy Fold, was so plagued with complaints from reviewers that the company delayed its release to the general public.

The smartphone’s issues are primarily associated with its foldable plastic display. A protective layer is easily mistaken as a removable plastic screen protector.

Other reported problems related to the display include a 7mm gap when folded that catches debris, and a dented screen after coming in contact with items in a reviewer’s pocket.  As of this post, Samsung hadn’t identified a date when the display problems will be fixed.


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This post is based on the Fox News article, Is Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Already a Flop?, by David Nath, April 25, 2019; and the YouTube videos Galaxy Fold: The First Fold, by Samsung, April 12, 2019, and Galaxy Fold – A Mistake Only Samsung Could Make, by Dave Lee, April 24, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Moopixel

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the quality issues with Samsung’s Galaxy Continue reading

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