McDonald’s Exits Kazakhstan: Beef Sourcing Issues

Another McDonald’s casualty falls due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This time it’s Kazakhstan, home to 20 million citizens and the richest market in Central Asia, that is feeling the loss.  The closure is related to a supply chain issue.  McDonald’s has forbidden its stores from importing meat patties from Russia, which had provided them since the chain opened in Kazakhstan in 2016.


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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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Retail Inventories at Record Levels

In June 2022, OM in the News blogged about excess retail inventories. Inventories are still at record levels, and stores are scrambling to clear out merchandise ahead of the holiday season.

Quite a difference from a year ago, when OM in the News posted about retailers chartering ships to get products in time for the holidays.

Needing to reset merchandise for the 2022 holiday season, stores and warehouses are scrambling to make space, getting rid of […]

Russian-Ukraine War’s Effect on Wheat and Corn Supply

With Ukraine supplying 16% of corn and 12% of wheat for global markets, and Russia providing 17% of global wheat needs, the war between their countries is impacting food supplies and prices.

Ukraine had a bumper crop of corn for the 2021-2022 year, but only a little over half has been shipped out.  Now, with ports closed and conflict raging, commercial vessels can no longer access this critical commodity.

In addition, spring crops need to be planted, and it is unclear to […]

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