Third Time's the Charm for iPad Supply Chain
Rolling out space-age products to the entire first world is no small feat, especially when you're held to the standard of Apple's passionate - and passionately impatient - consumer base. Despite generally impressive supply chain operations, the last two iPad releases were mired by brief but tense disruptions.
Well no more! The latest iteration of the trend-setting iPad has been made available to anyone in the selected 35 countries who can pay for it, with 12 new countries being added to the mix by the end of this week. So far, Apple has managed to avoid any major complaints about service or delivery, satisfying exacting MacHeads everywhere.
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It's likely that Apple's continuing management focus on its supply chain operations are to be credited with the flawless execution. Former supply chain chief and current CEO Tim Cook has shown real commitment to meeting the nearly insatiable customer demand for both product performance and precision support.
He's also seen fit to make substantial reforms in a supply chain that's often been criticized for its human cost, which included a rash of suicides at its principal supplier, Foxconn, as well as widespread labor abuses ranging from illegally low pay to mandatory 80-hour weeks.
As the iPad 3's well-executed release demonstrates, a critical public interest in Apple's supply chain operations can only make lives better - for suppliers and demanders both.
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from the supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected to eradicate 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.