Can California’s Power Grid Support New Mandate?

The entire Western U.S. faces a heatwave over the Labor Day weekend.

During the six-to-seven-day streak of extreme temperatures, California’s 40 million person population is being asked to not charge electric vehicles from 4-9pm and to set air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher. They have also been told not to use other major appliances and to turn off any “unneeded” devices.

While conservation is certainly a helpful concept, many Californians are frustrated by the ongoing capacity shortages of the power grid. […]

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Toyota’s July Production Shortfall Due to Parts Shortages

Facing the challenges of semiconductor shortages and parts supply disruptions, Toyota lowered its July production forecast in Japan by 50,000 vehicles.

Toyota is expecting part shortages to be stabilized later in the year and will run additional shifts to meet the projected annual vehicle production volume of 9.7 million.

Read previous OM in the News posts about effects of the semiconductor shortage on the automotive industry, including some creative solutions


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Excess Retail Inventory

The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting disruptions on inventory levels and supply chains for retail stores.

A combination of changes in demand for certain items based on being quarantined, as well as disruptions in shipping and production, led to inventory shortages. In many cases, inventory was delayed and arrived late and out of season.

Demand then changed due to a re-opening of the economy. This fluctuation resulted in combinations of shortages and excess inventories.

Now, add in the inflation on essential items, such […]

Fast Food Changes

Fast food restaurants have made several changes, spurred by the needs of their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the major changes has been to focus on automation.

An example of automation is the use of apps for ordering. Many restaurants are encouraging customers to order through apps. However, this presents problems in filling orders—specifically getting the food to the customers. In many cases, customers must go through the traditional drive-thru lane—frustrating customers with what is perceived to be unnecessary […]

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