Just Like The Wild West: Massive Supply Chain Thefts

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Waiting for your order in the mail? Your goods may be stolen from rail cargo thefts; in other words, goods at rest are goods at risk. Questions: Why is theft so rampant in Los Angeles for rail cargo like that of Union Pacific? According to the Guardian, what percentage increase in crimial rail theft has… Read more »

Integrity in the Supply Chain

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Jordan Strauss, managing director in the Forensic Investigations & Intelligence Practice of Kroll, LLC, details the major risks of corruption existing in supply chains today, and offers tips on addressing them. Questions: Normally, where are the greatest risks in supply chains? How have risks changed in the supply chain during the COVID-pandemic? What percentage of… Read more »

Prediction: When Will The Supply Chain Problem Ease?

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According to the New York Times, the supply chain disruptions go back as early as last year, at the beginning stages of the pandemic.  Questions According to the article, what factors created the perfect storm in disrupting the supply chain? Why couldn’t the factories just produce more and help catch up the supply chain disruptions?… Read more »

Supply Chain Woes Spill over into Tax and Accounting

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According to Accounting Today, a new survey by Ernst & Young finds growing worries about transfer pricing among business leaders., as well as global tax changes. Questions: How many professionals were polled by the E&Y survey and what was the makeup of the group? What issues did respondents think are most likely to come under… Read more »

Cyberattack!

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According to the Washington Post, the Colonial Pipeline system fuels a significant amount of the east coast’s gas supply. A recent cyberattack halted the supplier and led to panic purchases and price spikes. Questions: Where were the highest rates of service station outages? Besides being a cyberattack, what were other characteristics of the attack? How… Read more »

The Chip Supply Chain: Addressing the Shortage

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No, it’s not Chips A’Hoy! According to Reuters, U.S. President Joe Biden met with executives from major companies on Monday to discuss the global chip shortage that has severely hurt U.S. automakers and spurred Intel Corp to announce it plans to make chips for car plants at its factories in the next six to nine… Read more »

More Easing of the Rules

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More easing of the rules The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily loosened labeling and information rules for food manufacturers for the fifth time during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Questions: Why were the rules eased and what do advocacy groups fear? What rules were eased? According to the article, what type of food disruption have led to… Read more »

Changes at Amazon due to the Coronavirus

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Amazon is halting all warehouse tours in North America as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak grow in the US. Questions: What did Amazon do last month due to supply chain worries? Why did Amazon ban more than a million products on its website from third party sellers? What travel directive did Amazon… Read more »

Supply Chain Worries

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According to the New York Times, Amazon has recently responded to the coronovirus crisis by making larger and more frequent orders of Chinese-made products that had already been shipped to the United States, according to company emails and consultants who work with major brands. Questions: What midsummer event is Amazon already worried about? What are… Read more »

Change in Management

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According to the New York Times, Boeing fired its chief executive officer, Dennis A. Muilenburg, on Monday after investors became weary of Muilenburg’s clumsy handling of the 737 Max crisis that angered lawmakers, airlines, regulators, and victims’ families. Questions: Who is going to replace Muilenburg? When do the Boeing Board and Washington insiders typically meet… Read more »