Weather Stopped Beer Delivery With Super Bowl Looming

Weather Stopped Beer Delivery With Super Bowl Looming

February 11, 2019

Several beer distributors in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area stopped delivery of their products on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  With extremely cold weather in the area, many organizations shut-down for the day, including several beer distributors.  Many of the beer distributors decided that it was unsafe for their delivery drivers to be out in the extreme cold.  Additionally, their products don’t handle cold weather well.

Bad timing, with the Super Bowl only 4 days away, but winter weather shows no mercy for kickoffs.

This post is based on the Journal Sentinel article, No beer deliveries in Milwaukee today. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature, by Kathy Flanigan, January 30, 2019. Image source: Getty Images/iStockphoto.

Discussion Questions:

1. What operational problems does a shutdown present?

Guidance: Unexpected disruptions in the supply chain are difficult.  With the Super bowl approaching, beer distributors want to have the store shelves full of their product.  However, cancellations occurred in a relatively short time period.  If they had substantial warnings of the impending cold, distributors could have made extra or larger deliveries before the temperatures forced a shut-down.  Weather forecasts can be unpredictable, making it difficult to anticipate such Continue reading

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Ripple Effects of China’s Recycling Policy

Ripple Effects of China’s Recycling Policy

December 9, 2018

Trash piles up around the world as China’s 2018 “National Sword” policy cuts off global recycling at the knees.

It used to be that ships bringing Chinese goods to the U.S. returned home full of our recyclables, feeding a lucrative industry in China.  However, corruption, abuses, and environmental pollution in China led the government there to put the brakes on this industry beginning this year.

Whereas China and Hong Kong bought 60 percent of the G7’s plastic waste in the first half of 2017, that figure decreased to 10 percent in the first half of 2018. Bales of plastic that U.S. recyclers used to sell for $20 per ton now cost cities $10 per ton for disposal.

While China will still accept some cardboard, plastic, glass, and scrap metal, it can only have an impurity level of 0.5 percent, a standard most U.S. recyclers cannot achieve. Recyclers, governments, and consumers around the world are being forced to rethink their use of plastics, paper waste, and e-waste.


Video Spotlight: China Trash Ban Creates Crisis for US Recyclers


This post is based on the Australian Financial Review article, The $280b crisis sparked by China calling time on taking in “foreign Continue reading

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Hard Brexit May Stop Toyota Production

Hard Brexit May Stop Toyota Production

October 25, 2018

Toyota’s just-in-time production stands at risk with the looming “hard Brexit” in March 2019.

Last year, the Burnaston plant in the U.K. made nearly 150,000 cars, and 90 percent were sent to EU nations.  Normally parts are delivered every 37 minutes but if these parts are held up in Customs in Dover and Calais when Brexit kicks in, production could stop for hours or even months.

Other auto makers express similar concerns and are developing alternatives and contingency plans.


Video Spotlight: Toyota Europe CEO: We face logistics problems in case of hard Brexit


This post is based on The Bloomberg article, Carmakers in Paris Issue Stark Warning on Risk of No-Deal Brexit, by Oliver Sachgua, Elisabeth Behrmann, and Tara Patel, October 2, 2018; and The Newswheel article, Toyota warns “No-Deal” Brexit would lead to unprecedented production stalls, by the editor, September 29, 2018; and the YouTube video, Toyota Europe CEO: We face logistics problems in case of hard Brexit | Squawk Box Europe by CNBC Life, October 2, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / nito.

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1. Why is a just-in-time system more at risk with a hard Brexit than a traditional batch-push Continue reading

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