OM Podcast #20: Manufacturing and Operations at Nautique Boats
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by Barry Render
16h ago
In our latest podcast Barry speaks with VP of Operations at Nautique, Kris Hanigosky, about operations for this luxury ski boat manufacturer (known for its iconic Ski Nautique). They discuss maintaining the highest levels of quality, the importance of accuracy in forecasting and inventory management, and innovative approaches to employee retention through upskilling.   Heizer Render OM Podcast · OM Podcast Episode #20 (5/27/24): Manufacturing & Operations at Nautique   Did you know our podcast is now available on Apple podcasts? Just go to your Apple podcasts app, search “Heizer ..read more
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OM in the News: Why Chocolate Prices are Soaring
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by Barry Render
3d ago
Starting the end of 2024, chocolate makers that sell or produce in the EU will have to show that the cocoa they use wasn’t grown on land cut from forests since the end of 2020, reports The Wall Street Journal (May 20, 2024). In practice, it means that each morsel of cocoa that makes its way into the bloc will need to be linked to the GPS coordinates of the farm where it was harvested. Because the EU is the world’s largest chocolate market, the law will also apply to global confection giants like U.S.-based Mars, the maker of M&M’s, or Switzerland-based Nestlé. A farmer cuts a cocoa pod to ..read more
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Guest Post: Developing a Magnet Supply Chain in the U.S.  
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by Barry Render
1w ago
Dr. Misty Blessley is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Temple University The American war machine depends on tiny bits of metal, some as small as dimes. Rare-earth magnets are needed for F-35 jet fighters, missile-guidance systems, Predator drones and nuclear submarines. Although crucial to many industries, the U.S. lacks a robust domestic magnet supply chain. A recent Wall Street Journal article underscores the significance of regionally producing or nearshoring magnet production. China holds 92% of the global market share for rare-earth magnets. This ..read more
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OM in the News: Geopolitics and Supply Chains
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by Barry Render
2w ago
“Supply chain managers today are thinking more about geopolitical risk than they are about any other risk,” writes The Wall Street Journal (May 3, 2024). The Rubymar, a bulk carrier hit in a Houthi missile attack, sank in the Red Sea in March Companies’ top supply chain concerns until recently were how to find a reliable source for products at the lowest cost. That led many to China with its cheap labor and unparalleled ecosystem of factories, parts suppliers and raw materials. Now many firms are prioritizing a supply chain that reduces their reliance on a single country or region. Some of t ..read more
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OM in the News: Ditching Self-Checkouts?
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by Barry Render
2w ago
“Retailers Scale Back Self-Checkouts to Curb Irritation—and Theft” is The Wall Street Journal  (May 5, 2024) headline.  Self-checkout was introduced to reduce the cost needed to staff registers adequately, with companies such as CVS Health deploying them 20 years ago. With self-checkout, one worker can monitor and help shoppers at several registers. Shoppers using self-checkout machines at a Kroger store in Louisville, Ky. It seems that problems with technology are prompting companies including Target and Walmart to change operations or ditch the stations. Dollar General ..read more
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OM in the News: China’s Four ‘Ds’ and Nearshoring
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by Barry Render
2w ago
China’s  seemingly unstoppable growth model proved less sustainable than originally thought. The 4D’s—demographics, debt, drought and decoupling—weigh heavily on China’s economy, writes IndustryWeek (April 25, 2024) . Demographics: China’s population is shrinking. Birthrates are falling and its population is aging. China’s labor shortages and rising wages are driving some U.S. companies to reevaluate manufacturing or sourcing in China, as Chinese exports become less competitive. Debt: As exports decrease, Beijing bolsters the economy by pumping money into the system with investments ..read more
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OM Podcast #19: U.S. Manufacturing Careers and College Students
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by Barry Render
3w ago
In our most recent podcast, Barry speaks with Mike Nager, an executive at the large German firm Festo Didactic. Mike is the author of Smart Student’s Guide to Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0, and is an advocate for U.S. manufacturing careers.  Barry and Mike discuss the awareness gap around U.S. manufacturing.  Mike tells us that manufacturers are offering lucrative, technology-driven careers, and that he and Festo Didactic are doing innovative things to help prepare students for those careers.   Heizer Render OM Podcast · OM Podcast #19 (5/3/24): US Manufacturing & th ..read more
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OM in the News: Building Sustainability Into Product Design
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by Barry Render
3w ago
Did you know 80% of a product’s environmental impact is determined in the design phase? With so much dependence on design, it is critical to start thinking about the environmental impact of a product as early as possible, alongside the traditional drivers of cost, quality, and time. To overcome resource scarcity and meet emissions targets, manufacturers are steadily increasing their environmental consciousness, writes Industry Week (April 26, 2024). Those set to succeed are doing so from the very start of their development processes. Combining the real and digital worlds makes it possible to i ..read more
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OM in the News: The Rocket Fuel Supply Chain
Jay, Barry and Chuck's OM Blog
by Barry Render
3w ago
An ammonium perchlorate plant explosion in Nevada demonstrated the vulnerability of a key part of the supply chain for many commercial and military rockets. In Chapter 11 and Supp. 11, we discuss the importance of having multiple suppliers for critical components/parts. Yet the Pentagon long relied on one U.S. company to make the main ingredient–ammonium perchlorate fuel– that powers its most potent missiles. Most of that fuel still comes from a specialty-chemicals company in Utah called American Pacific. It is an example of the single-source chokepoints that Pentagon logistics experts have ..read more
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Guest Post: Vertical Farming
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by Barry Render
3w ago
Prof. Howard Weiss, who developed the Excel OM and POM software that accompanies our text for free, shares an interesting thought. One of the location factors displayed in Figure 8.1 of your Heizer/Render/Munson textbook is the size of the potential location. One way to increase the size available for operations is to build vertically. This is why there are skyscrapers in so many cities. As the populations in cities grew there was a need for more room for both housing and business and skyscrapers create more room on the same building footprint. The concept of expanding operations vertically ha ..read more
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