Supply Chain Now Radio Episode 258


The Supply Chain Buzz Series
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In this week’s episode of the Supply Chain Buzz, Scott Luton discusses the top things to know in supply chain in 15 minutes or less!

[00:00:06] Hey, good morning Scott Luton here with you, Liveline Supply Chain Now Radio, welcome back to the show. In today’s show, we’re continuing our Supply chain Buzz series, a brief weekly look at some of the top news and trends across the global. In the end, Supply chain community all in 15 minutes or less. Today’s episode of The Supply chain Buzz Owen Supply Chain Now Radio is brought to you by the Effective syndicate, a leading coaching and consulting firm that helps companies win by optimizing process and developing winning cultures.


[00:00:37] You can learn more at the effective syndicate dot com. It’s Monday, January 13th, 2020. On this date in 1910, the first public radio broadcast took place where a lab performance of an opera was sent out from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Now let’s get to the buzz in our first story this morning, coming to us from The Wall Street Journal. Let’s talk about the Chinese automotive market. According to data released last Thursday by the China Passenger Car Association, a.k.a. s._p._c._a, the number of passenger vehicles sold in the world’s largest auto market slipped to twenty point seven million, down 7.4 percent from 2018. That’s the second consecutive year of a sales drop in 2018. Car sales in China dropped 5.8 percent from twenty seventeen levels in rosier projections. The s._p._c._a expects a 1 percent rebound for the overall auto market. Did you know that China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest auto market in 2009? But the world’s number two auto market also experienced a down year in twenty nineteen as new vehicle sales in the U.S. were down 1.6 percent from 2018. The article goes on to state that the sales slump in China has created an interesting ripple effect. Chinese and U.S. automakers are posting sales drops and are losing market share. All the while, Japanese and German automakers are increasing their share of the market in 2019. General Motors company posted a record breaking 15 percent drop in sales in overseas markets.


[00:02:23] Ford Motor Company is full 2019. Figures haven’t been released yet, but sales have declined now for a couple of years. On a somewhat related note, we’re always looking for new documentaries to watch. Here is a recommendation for the car buffs in our audience. Have you seen the automotive documentary on Netflix about Carol Shelby? Gotta check it out. It’s called Shelbie American and it’s an outstanding story of Shelby’s journey from farmer to racer to entreprenuer in our second story here on Supply chain Buzz. Let’s talk about a remarkable technological innovation that is breaking ground in the aerospace industry. According to a story in Fast Company by Harry McCracken, a technology called Parallel Reality is just a few months away from being used by Delta Airlines. So what is parallel reality, you ask? So as an example, say you arrive at the airport an hour reviewing information board like everyone does on the status of your flight will parallel reality, will allow the same board to show unique information to dozens of people at the same time. And according to Albert Aying, with Misapplied Sciences, it doesn’t require any special glasses, smart devices or anything else. Starting in mid 2020, Delta will be offering parallel reality signage at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The signage will be located just past the TSA and it’ll be able to simultaneously show information to almost 100 customers with unique in-flow info rather on their flights.


[00:04:02] And the information will be available in a wide variety of languages as well. And as Harry McCracken suggests, can you imagine the what the wide array of potential applications for parallel reality from highways to advertising to retail? The possibilities are absolutely. Analysts ask for our third story here on the Supply chain Buzz today. Let’s stick with aerospace and talk air cargo. According to a story over at Supply chain, which includes numbers from the International Air Transport Association a.k.a. the eighty-eight Airfreight is a major sustained slump with 2/2 with November twenty nineteen numbers released and final last air freight volume has now decreased for 13 straight months. What’s more interesting about the slow numbers in October and November? Twenty nineteen is that fourth quarter is typically air cargo is peak season. What’s also interesting is that the industry continues. Add more capacity despite the numbers. Like many things, the impending trade deal between the U.S. and Chinese governments would give air cargo a nice shot in the arm. But it’s not all gloom and doom. IATA reported air freight volumes for European European airlines. They increased 2.6 percent year over year in November. And in Africa, airfreight was up a whopping 20 percent year over year for the month. So what are some of the carriers doing? So FedEx is cutting flight hours and retiring aircraft. Delta, on the other hand, seems unfazed and remains committed. In fact, Delta Cargo’s partnership with Rody could have quite the impact on the market.


[00:05:43] Gil West, the C.O.O. for Delta Airlines, was quoted as saying it’s not. Next day is actually within a few hours. We can get anything anywhere. We’ll see just how much there is to ship by air in the coming months. So let’s move from aerospace to recycling for story number four here in The Buzz. According to a recent story of the router, Reuters, Apple, one of the world’s leading electronics companies, is attempting to use robotics to more effectively recycle old smartphones. The company is looking to become more of a closed loop manufacturer so that it doesn’t have to rely on the mining industry. One of the big reasons for implementing Daisy the new route a robot that breaks apart iPhones is so the company can recycle 14 minerals, including lithium. Daisy can tear apart 200 athans per hour, and it sends all the components such as the battery and the haptic module to recyclers to extract and refine the minerals that they contain. So what does the haptic module in your iPhone do you ask? What’s the component that makes your phone vibrate when on silent? Apple is said to be thinking about sharing the daisy robotic technology with other industries such as automakers. Many industry analysts doubt the company’s ability to truly become self reliant for minerals. And they point to the huge increase in demand for electronics from smart devices to electro electric vehicles.


[00:07:19] And still other industry leaders take Apple to task for not designing their iPhones with upgrade and repairs in mind, but rather only recycling. For our fifth and final story on today’s Supply chain Buzz, we’re moving over to the white hot topic of talent coming to us via Harvard Business Review, a seven point framework on how the best managers identify and develop talent. It was written by Tomas. Tomorrow, premies and Jonathan Kershner will include the full article as a link on the show notes. But hey, let’s go through the seven components here. Number one, thinking ahead. Do you have a five year or even a two year talent strategy? Number to focus on the right traits. Are you developing a talent strategy based on what is needed now or what the needs of the company will be right around the corner? Number three, don’t go outside when he can stay inside. Have you given your current team members new opportunities? Number four, think inclusively. Are you able to successfully fight the human urge to hire someone just like yourself? Number five, be data driven. How are you objectively evaluating current talent and potential new team members? Number six, think plural rather than singular. Are you hiring candidates by effectively considering how they’ll plug in with the current team? And finally, number seven, make people better. How are you offering and facilitating professional development opportunities for your current team members? But what are you successful? What are your successful best practices when it comes to talent management? Feel free to drop us a line with a few thoughts and shoot those over to Amanda at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com.


[00:09:17] There you have it. That’s a wrap for today’s episode. Several of the leading Supply chain news stories and trends right here on Supply chain buzz on Supply Chain Now Radio. You’ll find links to each of the stories that we’ve featured today on the show. Notes for your convenience, including a few additional resources. One quick announcement. I’d like to invite each of you to join us for a free webinar this coming Thursday, January 16th. We’re going be partnering with leaders from Accenture and VeriSign to talk about a.r and some of its practical applications when it comes to inventory management. You’ll learn what some leading manufacturing firms are doing to make their enterprise data and decisions visible. A. Crossed the global supply chain footprint. Find the link in the show notes of this episode. Hey, big thanks to today’s sponsor of the Supply chain Buzz. The Effective syndicate be sure to check them out over at the Effective syndicate dot com. To our listeners everywhere, big things from Andre in Charlotte, North Carolina to Americ in Positon, Poland to Dominic in Tokyo, Japan, and all points in between. Thank you for joining us and on behalf of the entire Supply Chain Now Radio team. This is Scott Luton.


[00:10:34] We wish you a very successful week ahead. And thanks for joining us, our buddy.

Scott W. Luton is the founder & CEO of Supply Chain Now Radio. He has worked extensively in the end-to-end Supply Chain industry for more than 15 years, appearing in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dice and Quality Progress Magazine. Scott was named a 2019 Pro to Know in Supply Chain by Supply & Demand Executive and was named a “2019 Supply Chain & Logistics Expert to Follow” by RateLinx. He founded the 2019 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards and also served on the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. A Veteran of the United States Air Force, Scott volunteers on the Business Pillar for VETLANTA and has served on the boards for APICS Atlanta and the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. He also serves as an advisor with TalentStream, a leading recruiting & staffing firm based in the Southeast. Follow Scott Luton on Twitter at @ScottWLuton and learn more about SCNR here:

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