May 17, 2020

Risk Mitigation Among Supply Chain Trends For 2012

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Manhattan Associates, a prestigious group of supply chain professionals known for world-class management solutions, has announced its picks for this ye...

Manhattan Associates, a prestigious group of supply chain professionals known for world-class management solutions, has announced its picks for this year’s industry trends.

Their report stresses the unpredictability of the current market, with natural disasters from Thailand to Australia disrupting the global supply chain.  Investors across industries are calling for better risk management, and the firm responded by placing mitigation strategies at the top of their list.

Cost reduction remains a core issue for most businesses, and Manhattan Associates was careful to point out how central this is to the behavior of most companies – especially those of small and middle size.


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For large organizations, however, sophisticated strategies for minimizing the fallout from the unforeseen are seen as critical to maintaining investor confidence.  One need only look as far as the recent news of HP’s 44-point drop last quarter to see an example of how one natural disaster can sink a whole supply chain system.

Having safeguards, diversifying holdings, and maintaining the right kind of emergency management infrastructure are all lessons that the big players will have to learn if they want to remain at the top of their game.  Supply chain, after all, is the future.

But it’s not all about risk: the future holds the promise of further transparency as well, which is a long-standing goal of supply chain managers not yet satisfactorily achieved.

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 


Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

Elon Musk Tweet

Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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