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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program in Crisis- Commentary Three

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There was significant new news that broke overnight regarding the ongoing grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The New York Times last night reported (paid subscription or free metered view) that even before the grounding decision, the lithium-ion batteries used on this aircraft had experienced multiple problems, some of which were not known by current […]

Toyota’s New Crown as Global Leader- At What Cost?

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Business media headlines this week are declaring that Toyota has reclaimed the title of the world’s largest auto maker in 2012, taking that title from General Motors. Toyota sold 9.75 million vehicles in 2012, compared with the 9.29 million sold by General Motors.  An impressive 27 percent sales increase in the U.S. certainly helped to […]

The Business Results of Zara Stem from its Founder

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It has long been the contention of Supply Chain Matters that companies whose senior management team has a solid grounding and understanding in principles of operations and supply chain management can often have their supply chain serve as a competitive differentiator for business outcomes.  There are many industry examples. We can turn to names like […]