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Will distributed satellite facilities and automation maintain holiday hiring as volumes grow at FedEx and UPS ?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Sept 30, 2016) titled “FedEx, UPS Gear Up for Holiday Season With More Sorting Hubs, Technology” describes moves by FedEx and UPS to create satellite facilities and mobile delivery centers respectively, and increase sort automation to handle the holiday surge in packages. 101 more words

Supply Chain Issues

Will water to boost engine performance be adopted by consumers ?

An article in the New York Times (September 29, 2016) titled “How do you make turbo engines more efficient, Just Add Water”, describes a technology by Bosch that sprays water on cylinders to cool combustion temperatures and increase engine efficiency by reducing engine size or increasing the compression ratio.   78 more words

Service Operations

Construction site drones and 15% material savings

An article in Fortune magazine (September 15, 2016) titled “A Drone for every Job Site”, claims that 15% of materials delivered to construction sires end up in landfills because schedules are not synchronized or purchasing issues. 81 more words

Operations Management

How treating colds in China impacted the donkey supply chain in Africa

An article in CNN.com (September 29, 2016) available at http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/29/africa/china-african-donkeys/index.html describes a Chinese remedy, ejiao, used to treat colds and insomnia, that uses donkey gelatin. With a fall in the donkey population in China from 11 million to 6 million over the past 20 years as China shifts away from agriculture, there has been a surge in demand for donkeys imported from African countries like Niger and Burkina Faso. 121 more words

Global Contexts

Sweet Dreams Infinite One

That’s right, your god is sleeping

While creepers creep

As tweakers are tweaking

While you’re filling seats

Pedophile preachers keep preaching

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Life

Healthcare gap widens between rich and poor

A health care income gap, between people who can afford care and those who can’t, is growing as costs rise and incomes largely remain level. Holly Fletcher/The Tennessean…

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Insurance

NHS PS Market Rent Invoices Arrive

The new Market Rent based invoices for NHS PS charges have started to arrive in finance and estates departments around the country. In some cases significant rent hikes have been masked by adjustments in occupancy and seasonal fluctuations in FM costs. 34 more words