Updating Southwest’s Operations to Prevent Future Meltdowns

The box-office hit The Perfect Storm (2000), starring George Clooney, highlighted a combination of three separate weather fronts that collided which led to one of the fiercest storms in recorded history in the North Atlantic Ocean.

During this past holiday season, several factors collided which led to major flight disruptions for Southwest Airlines. An historic number of flight cancellations and thousands of angry customers have resulted in major financial implications and operational challenges.

Let’s look at some of those factors to understand why […]

European Cities Debate Christmas Lights in Energy Crisis

European cities are torn between lighting up for Christmas as usual in markets and shopping districts or cutting back to conserve energy amidst the crisis caused by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Often, these markets and shopping districts see peak tourism levels during the holiday months, affecting not only shopkeepers, but also hotels, restaurants, and other surrounding businesses.


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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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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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