Fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken was forced to temporarily close most of its UK outlets after widespread shortages of chicken product occurred. Upwards of 550 outlets were impacted, forcing British media to coin the headline, “KFC Crisis” and some consumers to call their local emergency services office to complain of a chicken food shortage.
Supply Chain Disruption
Airbus reported 2017 full-year financial results indicating the pan-European global aerospace company overachieved on all key performance indicators. Operational performance was especially noted in the final Q4 quarter and the outlook for 2018 implies a very critical dependency on two aircraft engine providers.
Airbus warned certain airlines of a more concerning problem related to the new Pratt & Whitney geared-turbo-fan (GTF) engines powering both the Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft. The current development has two meaningful industry supply chain disruption implications.
Supply Chain Matters provides an update on the U.S. nationwide shortage of IV Saline brought about by the effects of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico.
Once again, a certain pharmaceutical and drug supply chain has become highly visible for shortages of critical life-saving medicine. This time, the causes relate to natural disaster, federal government response, and industry-wide manufacturing and distribution practices.