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Supply Chain Disruptions Across Industries Fueled by Unrest in Middle East

The Gulfstream G280 jet—a preferred transportation mode for many senior corporate executives, professional athletes, and entertainers—is encountering production delays due to ongoing hostilities in the Israel-Hamas war.

General Dynamics’ G280 is experiencing supply interruptions on raw materials sourced throughout the region. The conflict in the Middle East and attacks on the Red Sea have caused shippers to consider alternative (and longer) routes than through the Suez Canal, leading to parts delays, shortages and higher costs.

In addition to the […]

Operationalizing Supply Chain Resiliency

Business leaders across various industries are reporting high levels of uncertainty due to ongoing geopolitical issues.

The war between Russian and the Ukraine, disputed transportation lanes, and the fear of another global health pandemic are but a few issues that are top of mind for business leaders across the United States and beyond.

AlixPartners’ Disruption Index, which draws upon over 3000 senior executives, fell 5% year over year in 2023, highlighting top leaders’ ongoing concerns about geopolitical issues and the potential […]

Build-A-Bear Isn’t Just for Kids Anymore

Many people think of Build-A-Bear as a brick-and-mortar store inside a mall where parents and grandparents take small children for a unique hands-on experience.  And for good reason. Build-A-Bear—now in its 25th year—has nearly 500 box stores across America.

But Build-A-Bear isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, the company now markets its products as multi-generational, with over 40% of sales now coming from teenagers and adults. Yearly sales were $467.9 million in 2022, the most profitable year in Build-A-Bear’s history.

What is driving […]

Ford Slows Battery Expansion for EV Market

A myriad of challenges—both external and internal—are leading automotive giant Ford Motor Company to delay construction of its second electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Kentucky.

Ford has previously announced two large-scale EV battery plants in Kentucky, with start date of 2025 and 2026, respectively. The first Kentucky EV battery plant is on schedule, but the second plant’s opening is now pushed out with no specific start date.

“Given the dynamic EV environment, we are being judicious about our production and adjusting […]

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