I recently came across this article and was quite surprised. Not surprised that Wal-Mart is pushing suppliers to improve performance, but surprised that this is a new initiative.  The supply chain group at American Airlines, one of the best I have come across, was forcing their suppliers to improve in the areas of On Time Delivery, Early Deliveries, and On Time In Full back in 1999 / 2000.  As a supplier at the time to American, we learned a lot, and improved quite a bit.  If you happen to be a supplier to Wal-Mart, do not despair.  Improving these metrics in short order is very much achievable, without breaking the bank.

Source: Wal-Mart Will Punish Its Suppliers for Delivering Early – Bloomberg

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Not the most in-depth article, but not click bait either.  Yes, the death of American manufacturing has been exaggerated.  Clearly there have been significant losses in the manufacturing segment.  However, there are still  many bright spots.

The sector has shrunk, but it remains a significant part of the economy.

Source: Has the Death of American Manufacturing Been Exaggerated? – The Atlantic

As usual, I hope everyone enjoys the article.

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A couple of posts this morning about multi-tasking.  These articles do a much better job of explaining than I can, of why focusing on a few critical items is more productive than trying to multitask on a variety of un-prioritized items.

Only 3% of the population are “supertaskers.” The rest of us just pretend to be.

Source: “Personal kanban”: a time-management system that explodes the myth of multitasking — Quartz

https://qz.com/976473/the-scientific-case-for-single-tasking-instead-of-multitasking/

Life outside the classroom is sometimes just a little bit different.  My hat is off to the professors, though, for trying to put ideas into action.

Two law professors tried to mimic big activist hedge funds, investing their retirement savings in a small, languishing public company and trying to shake it up. Here’s what happened.

Source: Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure – The Atlantic

The headline is a little misleading, but it served its purpose – I clicked through and read the article.  It is a good read. It is the second article as of late that I have read that indicates consumers are attracted to contests.  In the case of the article, the contest serves a much higher purpose.  Read on and enjoy.

Inside Walmart’s curious, possibly ingenious effort to get customers to build up their savings accounts

Source: How to Trick People Into Saving Money – The Atlantic

 

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The last time General Motors made a profit in Europe was the 20th century.

Source: After losing $20 billion over 17 years, General Motors (GM) may quit Europe by selling Opel and Vauxhall to Peugeot — Quartz

Not the longest article, so take the time and give it a read.  While focused on manufacturing in the state of Indiana, the article points out that while low cost manufacturing has moved overseas, there continues to be a need in the US for companies engaged in manufacturing.  Especially those who can get product to market quickly and handle high tolerance manufacturing within highly regulated markets.  I hope everyone enjoys.

 

Source: Manufacturing in America – The Atlantic

Regards,

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Since its invention in the 19th century, the footwear has been about much more than athletics—conveying ideas about national identity, class, race, and other forms of social meaning.

Source: The Long Political History of Sneaker Culture – The Atlantic

Politics aside, I just came across this article coincidentally after watching the movie “Just for Kicks” today.  For the sneaker-heads out there, you might find this article and the movie quite interesting.

 

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Are you ready (and able) to give up your car?

Why own a car when you can use Uber or Lyft?

Source: No-car households are becoming more common in the US, after decades of decline — Quartz

Stop aiming for radical personal change, and start developing a process to improve a little bit each day, instead.

Wu Wei – have not seen this term in quite some time.  Brings back some fabulous memories.

Source: The Chinese principle ‘wu wei’ eliminates the need for lifehacks — Quartz