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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Amazon’s Thousand Suburban Warehouses

Amazon’s Thousand Suburban Warehouses

November 3, 2020

Amazon plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs across the United States, with plans to increase this number to approximately 1,500.

The move is to further the company’s goal of same day delivery to customers.  Walmart and Target have been using their network of stores to provide same day delivery, with Walmart implementing Walmart+, its own version of Amazon Prime.

Amazon’s small delivery hubs are planned to be about 200,000 square feet, one-quarter the size of the company’s fulfillment centers.  Moreover, these suburban hubs will provide parking lot space for hub workers, Amazon delivery vans, and the gig workers who make Amazon deliveries.

Overall, it is expected that each small delivery hub will generate around 1,000 vehicle trips per day.


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This post is based on the Yahoo Finance article, Amazon Plans to Put 1,000 Warehouses in Suburban Neighborhoods, by Spencer Soper, September 16, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: jeremyiswild/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What advantage does the small delivery hub offer?

Guidance: These small hubs allow inventory to be Continue reading

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Aluminum Can Shortage

Aluminum Can Shortage

August 24, 2020

Is trouble brewing for users of aluminum cans?  Some beer and soda manufacturers fear that the existing shortage of cans will grow worse in upcoming months.

Some consumers already report difficulty finding specialty flavors of canned beverages like Cherry Coke Zero or niche brews, as producers focus on making the most popular flavors and brands instead.

Additional can manufacturing capacity is in the works, but it will be up to a year before the new facilities are ready.


Video Spotlight: Low Coca-Cola supply blamed on aluminum can shortage  (July 23, 2020, 11Alive)


This post is based on the Syracuse article, The national beer and soda can shortage: How is it affecting supplies in Central New York?, by Don Cazentre, July 29, 2020; the CNN article, Why America is running out of aluminum cans, by Alicia Wallace, July 22, 2020; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: belchonock/123RF

Discussion Questions:

1.   What issues are causing demand for aluminum cans to spike, and what types of time-series forecasting variations are these?

Guidance: One of the obvious issues is the COVID-19 pandemic.  As more Americans consume their beer and soda at home, Continue reading

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