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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For General Mills, Shortages Lead to Price Increases

Ongoing supply chain issues have created material shortages and rising input costs for General Mills.

Disruptions of materials such as fats, oils, starch, and packaging have made it difficult to keep up with demand for General Mills’ ready-to-bake products, pizzas, and hot snacks.

General Mills resorted to changing its recipes to keep products on shelves.  Increased labor, transportation, and raw and packaging materials costs mean that the company will charge customers more for its products.


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Building Back Better in Joplin

Ten years ago, one of the worst tornadoes tore through Joplin, Missouri.

Although work remains to be done, the city’s rebuilding accomplishments are widely praised. A collection of essays provides useful and inspiring lessons on how the city reopened schools at the beginning of the school year, provided shelter, opened a clinic, and coordinated volunteers’ efforts. Today, these essays serve as project management templates to other communities devastated by natural disasters.


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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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