Changing Mandates Affect Aggregate Planning For Cruise Lines

Changing Mandates Affect Aggregate Planning For Cruise Lines

July 5, 2021

Cruise companies have awaited and processed ever-changing reopening mandates from the CDC for months. Some, like Norwegian and Carnival, plan to move cruises away from U.S. departure ports to other countries whose requirements are already in place and are less restrictive.

The first cruise ship to depart from the US in fifteen months, Celebrity Edge, left port in late June, and returned after a five day cruise. More cruise ships are set to depart over the summer. Royal Caribbean has announced that all of its summer cruises are fully booked.


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This post is based on the US News & World Report article, When Will Cruises Resume?, by Nicola Wood, July 1, 2021; the Condé Nast Traveler article, Cruising is Returning This Year, Here’s What to Know, Continue reading

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Price Hikes on Toilet Paper and More

Price Hikes on Toilet Paper and More

May 27, 2021

Just when it seemed like the toilet paper crisis was finally under control, Kimberly Clark is making headlines again.

The second largest toilet paper manufacturer in the U.S. is planning hikes to its list prices beginning in June 2021.  This time, the primary disruptor is commodity prices rather than the pandemic hoarding that stripped shelves bare this time last year.


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This post is based on the NBC News article, Toilet paper, diapers, and other consumer products are latest to see price hikes, by Ben Popken, April 1, 2021; the CBS News article,  Coronavirus pandemic forces sharp price hike on consumer goods, by Carter Evans, May 4, 2021; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: eldar nurkovic/Shutterstock

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1. What products are slated for price hikes?

Guidance: Kimberly Clark reports that prices will increase for baby products such as diapers, adult care products, and Scott bathroom tissue.  The company’s product lines include Cottenelle, Viva, Kleenex, Kotex, and Huggies.

2.  How do the new issues faced by Kimberly Clark differ from those which occurred in Continue reading

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Demand Outpaces Supply for Rental Cars

Demand Outpaces Supply for Rental Cars

May 26, 2021

Rental car prices have skyrocketed, surprising some travelers who are also finding vehicles hard to come by.

In some high demand locations, rental car costs exceed $300 per day.  Some of the worst regions of the country, such as southern California or Florida, saw March rates exceed $500 per day.

Even if customers are willing to pay these rates, they may find it impossible to get a vehicle, due to pandemic-related shortages.


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This post is based on the Autoweek article, Here’s Why the Rental Car Shortage Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon, by Jay Ramey, April 6, 2021; the KOAT article,  Need a rental car? They might not be so easy to find, by Shellye Leggett, May 26, 2021; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Blue Jean Images/Alamy Stock Photo

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1. What key factors account for the lack of rental car capacity?

Guidance: Early in the pandemic when the nationwide lockdown was in place and traveling ground to a virtual halt, most rental car companies sold off at least Continue reading

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