Use of RFID Tags Expand

RFID tags are increasingly being used throughout the supply chain to track material. Individual item-level tracking is now possible with RFID tags, allowing more detailed tracking information.

Walmart has just expanded its use of RFID tags in stores to track inventory. In 2019, Walmart required suppliers of apparel, footwear, sunglasses, and watches to place RFID tags on these items. Now in 2022, Walmart has added wireless devices, consumer electronics, and home goods to the list. The primary reason is tracking inventory, […]

Time for a New Just-In-Time in the Auto Industry

Is Just-In-Time (JIT) going away?

Increased uncertainty and shortages have challenged the belief that JIT production systems are mistake-proof. The auto industry has widely and thoroughly embraced the systems for several decades. However, recent events have highlighted their limitations and the need to make them more resilient. This new imperative is consistent with the lean philosophy of continuous improvement.


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Coffee Beans Brewing High Prices

A perfect storm of calamities in the coffee supply chain are brewing up record high prices.

Prices are up as much as 60% this year at levels not seen since 2011.  Brazil, where 40 percent of the world’s Arabic coffee is grown, recently suffered from both a severe frost and a drought.  It is estimated that 25 percent of the world’s coffee was lost as a result.  Increasing costs of fertilizers, labor, packaging, and transportation are adding to the woes of […]

Tupperware Faces the Bullwhip Effect

The demand for companies like Tupperware has risen and fallen with the peaks of the pandemic.

Early in the pandemic, demand for plastic food storage containers increased, leaving shelves empty. As restrictions ease, fewer people eat in, leaving Tupperware with excess inventory. Besides taking downtime at selected factories, Tupperware is working to add more omnichannel options, to sell through its inventory backlog.

Shortages of raw material, increased raw material prices, and the unpredictable nature of pandemic-related restrictions, are factors which have made […]

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