Short-Term Fry Rationing for McDonald’s Japan

Desperate to satisfy demand for one of its most popular items, McDonald’s Japan flew three 747’s full of frozen fries from the U.S. in the final days of 2021.

For the week beginning December 24, customers in Japan were limited to purchasing only small size fry orders to try to ration available inventory fairly.  Medium and large orders are said to be restored to the menu now that the rush airlift has arrived.


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The Child Care Crisis: An Operations Challenge

Finding quality, affordable child care has long been a nightmare for parents. Unfortunately, market forces alone are unlikely to solve the financial problems that both consumers and businesses face. With razor-thin profit margins, child care facilities cannot afford to lower their prices even though these prices are out of reach for many families. Solutions involve collaboration among parents, employers, child care businesses, and federal and state governments.


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Why Costco Set Buying Limits On Consumables

Delivery delays due to shortages of trucks, drivers, and shipping containers have caused Costco to place limits on toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

As a response to the delivery issues, Costco will charter three ocean vessels to transport containers between the U.S., Asia, and Canada.  It also continues to get products to store by ordering items earlier.


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Chartering Ships to Manage Supply Chains

Retailers including Walmart, Target, and the Home Depot are taking supply chain matters into their own hands.

With the critical holiday season fast approaching, they are not content to rely on suppliers and typical distribution modes to get merchandise to their stores on time.  Rather, they are carrying extra inventory, buying their own shipping modes, and in some cases moving production closer to home or to places deemed less vulnerable to disruption.


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