What happens in Mexico during next 2 weeks will be crucial for Detroit
DETROIT — As the Detroit Three auto companies move to restart factory operations in North America on Monday, they’re monitoring closely new reports coming from Mexico about whether auto suppliers there will be crippled by the coronavirus.Industry analysts say what happens in the next two weeks will be crucial to Detroit.“The U.S. car assembly plants have some inventory but not enough to last more than two weeks,” said Patrick Penfield, a supply chain management professor who teaches at Syracuse University in New York.“The biggest issue U.S. car assembly plants face in the next two weeks is tha...
Detroit Free Press
US auto industry preps for restart — and it all depends on Mexico
DETROIT — The Detroit auto industry cannot restart if parts suppliers in Mexico remain down.With about 40% of imported auto parts coming from south of the border, and parts made in the United States that are exported to Mexico for vehicle production there, the interdependency between the two countries cannot be overstated.The challenge lies in the fact that the Detroit Three have reportedly targeted a restart for their U.S. assembly plants in mid-May. But Mexico is on lockdown, with nonessential businesses — which include auto parts — closed, and movement restrictions in place until May 30.“Th...
Detroit Free Press
What happened to all the toilet paper, according to professors of psychology and supply chains
Interested in some “used” toilet paper?That’d be $200, on Facebook Marketplace. The online ad was probably a joke — or maybe not. Toilet paper has been hard to come by these days after panicked shoppers emptied grocery store shelves of bathroom tissue. The toilet paper shortage became a meme on social media, and came to symbolize consumer hoarding during the coronavirus pandemic.So, what happened to all the toilet paper? We asked two academic experts — Deborah Small, a Wharton School psychologist, and Subodha Kumar, a Temple University professor of supply chain management — to explain this str...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Truckers warn supply chain in jeopardy if they don't get better COVID-19 protection
America’s supply chain could be in jeopardy if the government doesn’t act swiftly to help protect the country’s truckers, some industry officials and drivers are warning.As the coronavirus pandemic continues its devastation across the U.S., they say, truckers are hauling into COVID-19 hot spots every day with no protective equipment, testing capabilities or ways to self-quarantine or seek treatment if they become sick.“HELP — MAYDAY — 9-1-1,” are the words in all caps across the top of a letter the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent to President Donald Trump on Friday.“Urgent ...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: Rules required if Boeing needs coronavirus bailout
Boeing’s stance against taking a full federal bailout offers a long-awaited signal that the company sees a path out of its financial doldrums and production stall.A large part of its way forward may still come through federal aid. The $2.2 trillion stimulus deal Congress passed includes deep funding to boost the company’s business directly and indirectly. A $17 billion loan fund for businesses critical to national security can be tapped by Boeing and its suppliers. In total, the stimulus bill contains $85 billion in loans and grants for aviation-related businesses. Any lift for the sector over...
The Seattle Times