Tesla Is Revving Up for its Entry into the Indian Market

Tesla Is Revving Up for its Entry into the Indian Market

 

Elon Musk has been teasing Tesla’s fans in India with an imminent market entry.

Tesla’s CEO has targeted the Indian market for a few years. Currently, there are several conditions favorable to making the electric vehicles (EV) in India. Initially, Musk might consider exporting vehicles from its manufacturing base in neighboring China to satisfy demand in India. Irrespective of the location, the car company will have to reduce its costs significantly in order to be a viable contender in India’s EV market.

 

 


Video Spotlight: Will Tesla Build a Gigafactory in India?


This post is based on the CNBC article, Why Tesla’s 20-Million Electric Vehicle Goal Could Next Take Elon Musk to India, by V. Barhat, October 22, 2020, and the YouTube video, Will Tesla Build a Gigafactory in India?, by Cleanerwatt, October 6, 2020. Image source: Shutterstock / Luciano Mortula.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the opportunities for Tesla’s entry into the Indian market?

Guidance: There are many opportunities that make Tesla’s entry into the Indian market an attractive proposition. The potential market size and labor pool are huge, and the fan base is expanding. Battery prices are falling, making it easier Continue reading

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Made in Italy at Amazon

Made in Italy at Amazon

 

The pandemic has been a boon for Amazon. Worldwide.

Even in places like Italy where people prefer to shop in stores, Amazon has been able to assume a dominant role during the pandemic. When stores were forced to close, Amazon filled a genuine need for goods. As the economy reopened, the appeal of convenience triggered a sudden, but durable, consumer behavior shift. Can small merchants that depend on the “old world” image rethink their operations to survive e-commerce? Based on the video, many already have.

 


Video Spotlight: Amazon Academy’s ‘Made in Italy’ Program


This post is based on The New York Times article, Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic, by A. Satariano and E. Bubola, September 26, 2020, and the YouTube video, Amazon Academy ‘Made in Italy’ – Brussels 2019, by AmazonNewsEU, December 9, 2019. Image source: Pixtal / AGE Fotostock.

Discussion Questions:

1. For Amazon, what are the threats and opportunities in Italy?

Guidance: The main opportunities are a change in consumer habits, a high unemployment rate, and a second wave of virus spread. The threats are an older population that might be more resistant to Continue reading

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DoorDash Delivers: Groceries

DoorDash Delivers: Groceries

August 31, 2020

DoorDash is providing on-demand grocery delivery with its DashPass service.

Customers can place orders with participating grocery retailers and have their orders delivered within an hour. The DashPass service is an end-to-end online grocery solution including ordering, fulfillment, and delivery, extending its meal delivery and last-mile delivery services.


Video Spotlight: How to Get Groceries Delivered DoorDash, 7-Eleven, Target, CVS Delivering  (Apr 2, 2019, News Today)


This post is based on the Supermarket News article, DoorDash makes foray into on-demand grocery delivery, by Russell Redman, August 20, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Maria Sbytova

Discussion Questions:

1.   What are the implications of DoorDash’s DashPass service for operations management?

Guidance: DoorDash’s DashPass is an end-to-end grocery solution including ordering, fulfillment and delivery.  As such, DoorDash will need to expand its suppliers to grocery retailers and adapt its operation to include online ordering and fulfillment.

2. Comment on DoorDash’s DashPass service from a service design perspective.

Guidance: From a service design perspective, DoorDash’s DashPass is an expansion of its meal and last-mile delivery services to on-demand grocery ordering and fulfillment services.  It is a service design Continue reading

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