Inventory Levels Up for Under Armour

Under Armour’s factory partners are returning to pre-pandemic production efficiency. Unfortunately, the company’s apparel inventory levels have also begun to rise, threatening to drive down its profit margin.

Under Armour is planning to work through slow-moving inventory by offering discounts and pack-and-hold seasonless apparel for next year.


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Chick-fil-A’s Three-Day Workweek

A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Miami has gone to a 3-day workweek.

As Chick-fil-A restaurants are not open on Sundays, they have created 2 groups—referred to as pods. Each pod works 3 consecutive 13- to 14-hour days, and then has 4 days off. They also have one seven-day stretch of time off per month, and rotate weekends off.

In addition to the employees that are in the pods, they have other employees that follow more traditional schedules.

The 3-day workweek appeals to many workers. While […]

Railroad Employees Demand Changes in Operations

A major railroad strike has just been averted.

Employees complain that efficiency gains have resulted in demanding schedules and policies that penalize them for taking needed time off. Over two centuries, the railroad industry has had to reinvent itself multiple times to remain relevant and competitive. Changes in demand, supply, and competition have forced the industry to adjust to new realities and seek new paths to profitability. However, when these paths anger both customers and employees, it is time to consider […]

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Mobile Vaccine Factories to Increase Capacity in Africa

German vaccine manufacturer BioNTech has a plan to roll out mobile factories, housed in shipping containers, which will produce 50 million doses of mRNA vaccine in Africa.

Each factory has two separate modules called BioNTainers that are transportable by road, rail, air, or sea.  The modular design offers scalable production of shots for COVID-19, malaria, tuberculosis, and cancer treatment.

The mobile factory is a step towards sustainable vaccine production and access for communities […]

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