Amazon Prime Moves to 1-Day Free Shipping

Amazon Prime Moves to 1-Day Free Shipping

Amazon has announced its plan to shift Prime to free 1-day shipping in the near future. The current Prime shipping plan on most items is two days.

The rollout will be gradual, with certain areas receiving 1-day shipping sooner.

At present, Amazon Prime offers a variety of delivery speeds depending on your location and the product offered.  In order to accomplish 1-day shipping, Amazon plans to spend over $800 million in the second quarter of 2019.


Video Spotlight: Amazon is making 1-day shipping the new standard for Prime members


This post is based on the USA Today article, Amazon’s 1-Day Free-Shipping Plan Changes the Game Again, by Daniel B. Kline, April 29, 2019; and the YouTube video, Amazon is making 1-day shipping the new standard for Prime members, by CNBC Television, April 26, 2019. Image source: Image Source/Shannon Fagan

Discussion Questions:

1. Should Amazon make this change to 1-day free shipping?

Guidance: It is a definite game changer. Competitors such as Walmart and Target have been changing their operations to address Prime’s 2-day shipping.  Amazon has upped the expectation on delivery speed again.

2. What changes will Amazon need to make to accomplish 1-day Continue reading

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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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