OM in the News: Kicking the Plastic Can Down the Road (Again)
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by Barry Render
1d ago
In 2020, dozens of major companies joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, signaling a commitment to minimizing plastic waste. Their goals included phasing out plastic straws, cutlery and intentionally-added PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals”; recycling or composting half of their plastic packaging; and making sure 100% of plastic packaging would be reusable, recyclable or compostable—all by 2025. A NYC parade participant wears plastic bottles to raise awareness of recycling Signatories include major brands like General Mills, Nestlé, Kraft Heinz and Coca-Cola, the largest known c ..read more
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OM Podcast #21: An Inside Look at Building a Theme Park
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by Barry Render
2d ago
In our latest podcast Barry Render interviews Simon Philips, former President at Marvel Entertainment, former EVP at Disney, and current President at Falcon’s Beyond. Falcon’s Beyond (https://falconsbeyond.com/) is a global leader in theme park master planning. Barry and Simon discuss the latest announcement about the massive new Dragon Ball theme park in Qiddiya City, Saudi Arabia, as well as other operations at Falcon’s Beyond. Dragon Ball is said to be larger then Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom here in Orlando. Heizer Render OM Podcast · OM Podcast #21 (6/10/24) – Operations at Falcon’s Beyon ..read more
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Guest Post: 6 Ways ERP Improves Workflows and Repetitive Tasks
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by Barry Render
1w ago
Katie Decker is Marketing Manager at Account Mate, a California software firm with over 150,000 clients It is common for firms to face numerous challenges that can hinder productivity, efficiency, and overall performance. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, the topic in Ch. 14 of your Heizer/Render/Munson text, offers a powerful solution by streamlining operations, automating processes, and unlocking new levels of efficiency. It does this in six ways: Automate Workflows ERP software automates repetitive tasks and workflows, reducing the reliance on manual intervention and minimizing ..read more
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Guest Post: Krispy Kreme and National Donut Day
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by Barry Render
1w ago
Professor Howard Weiss always has an interesting view of operations management to share June 2 is National Donut Day so let’s consider the operations of Kristy Kreme.  Location (Ch. 8) In 1937, Vernon Rudolph opened the first Krispy Kreme factory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He mainly sold the doughnuts to local grocery and convenience stores but he also sold fresh donuts directly to customers who came into the store during early morning baking hours. Today there are over 350 locations where Krispy Kremes are produced. The company’s goal is by 2026 to have donuts available at more th ..read more
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OM in the News: How Boeing’s Troubles are Affecting its Suppliers
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by Barry Render
1w ago
Boeing’s troubles are bleeding out to its supply chain, where uncertainty over production rates has suppliers guessing at how many parts to make to avoid the cost of holding too much inventory, reports Financial Times (May 29, 2024) . It has slowed manufacturing of its workhorse jet, the 737 Max, as it tries to improve production quality following a recent door panel blowout on a flight. And it is facing an FAA deadline to deliver a plan that addresses a “flawed safety culture”. The production slowdown is testing the resilience of a brittle aerospace supply chain that already has faced years o ..read more
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OM Podcast #20: Manufacturing and Operations at Nautique Boats
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by Barry Render
2w 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
2w 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
3w 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
1M 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
1M 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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