Angola’s New Last Mile Delivery App

Angola’s New Last Mile Delivery App

January 26, 2019

One large pig to go? No problem.  For $124, an African start-up called Tupuca will deliver it to your doorstep.

Prefer a medium sized chicken?  That will be $5, please.

With Tupuca’s app, customers in Luanda, Angola can order a diverse array of products, including coal, fuel, produce, and even live animals like chickens, pigs, or goats.  At present, an average size order is around $40, and Tupuca’s 140 drivers make about 17,000 deliveries each month.

This post is based on the APICS article, Last-mile delivery apps grow African economies one goat at a time, by Abe Eshkenazi, December 14, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Syda Productions.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does Tupuca’s app fit in with the economic and socio-cultural environment in Angola?

Guidance: By partnering with Roque Online, which sends a buyer to the market to buy top quality produce or livestock, Tupuca offers a unique service to its African clients.  Africa boasts 21 of the world’s 30 fastest-growing cities. Newly emerging middle class consumers have money to spend and smartphones on which to order food and other products.

2. How does Tupuca’s app add value for African consumers and the African Continue reading

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Quality Control Checks for Crunch

Quality Control Checks for Crunch

December 19, 2018

Quality managers at Majans, a snack manufacturer in Australia, will soon get an alert on their smartphones instantly when their snack’s moisture content compromises its crunchiness.

Working with Microsoft, Majans is testing a cloud-connected spectrometer to measure moisture content.  The moisture reading is uploaded to the cloud and analyzed every two seconds to ensure snacks stay sufficiently crunchy.

This post is based on the MarketScreener.com article, Microsoft: Your Snack’s Crunch Is Cloud-Verified, by Mike Cherney, November 24, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Jirsak.

Discussion Questions:

1. How is Majans defining quality of its snacks in operational terms?

Guidance: The quality of Majan’s snack is defined by its crunchiness, which is determined by the right level of moisture content.

2. What are the benefits of Majans’ cloud-based quality control system?

Guidance: The quality control system provides real-time moisture readings for accurate and instantaneous testing of crunchiness without taking a physical sample, resulting in less waste and more cost savings.

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Walmart Warehouse Workers to Receive STEM Education

Walmart Warehouse Workers to Receive STEM Education

December 4, 2018

Walmart is preparing to open a Supply Chain Academy for its warehouse workers.  The Academy would provide Walmart’s warehouse workers with a variety of knowledge, skill, and abilities. In addition to business acumen, and knowledge to be a good operator in the warehouse, they will study STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The hope is that Walmart Associates will grow with the evolution of the warehouse.  Today, most warehouse job are physically demanding.  However, as new technologies are added to the warehouse, the jobs will change and utilize more STEM knowledge.


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This post is based on the Yahoo! Finance article, EXCLUSIVE: Walmart’s Grocery Warehouse Worker of the Future Will Have A STEM Background, by Julia La Roche, October 18, 2018, and the YouTube video, Walmart Fulfillment Centers: Flexible Associates by Walmart, May 30, 2017. Image source: Fuse/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is Walmart’s inclusion of STEM education in its Supply Chain Academy somewhat unique?

Guidance: Many organization set training to the minimum level needed for the current job.  Any training, such as STEM education, is considered to add cost to the organization for Continue reading

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