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Tag Archives: supply chain

Safety and the Airbag Supply Chain

– It came as quite a surprise to read that Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi and possibly other automakers “continue to sell new vehicles with defective Takata airbags” … see Hiroko Tabuchi’s article, “Airbags with Flaws Still Used in New Cars,” on the first Business Day page…

Supply Chains Mean (Cyber) War

– Author’s note: Since this column was originally written, another “scandal” broke around the use by third-party suppliers of North Korean gold, affecting such companies as Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM, as described by Joel Schectman in the Risk & Compliance Journal section of The Wall…

High-Tech Impact of Typhoon Haiyan … Who Knew?

– In my own mind, I have divided major disasters, usually resulting from natural events, into two distinct categories: those that impact supply chains and those that do not. Many catastrophes, which have the highest tolls in terms of human lives lost, are tragic and painful, but they often don’t…

Supply Chain Risk Management and Catastrophes

– The reports of destructive events—natural disasters, accidents, and intentional attacks—just keep on going. We could all guess that the Japanese tsunami of March 11, 2011 would have major impact on manufacturers’ supply chains … but a tornado in Wichita, Kansas and a fire in a plant in…

Supply Chains at Risk

– As I am writing this, a devastated Japanese nation is still struggling to recoup from the triple-whammy of earthquake, tsunami, and potential nuclear power plant meltdown. We need to wait until we know more of the facts before examining whether contingency planning was as good as it might have…