Supply chain – Q Porkchains Thu, 12 May 2022 19:07:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Supply chain – Q Porkchains 32 32 Closure of Abbott baby formula factory, another supply chain ripple Thu, 12 May 2022 18:18:26 +0000

The widespread shortage of infant formula due to the government’s closure of the Abbott Nutrition factory in Sturgis is creating dangerous situations for parents and pediatricians caring for their babies.

The plant has been closed since mid-February after a US Food and Drug Administration investigation found serious food safety violations. The investigation was launched after four infants contracted Cronobacter sakazakii, a rare and deadly bacterial infection, after consuming formula made at the Sturgis plant which led to the recall of some of its formulas. Abbott maintains that his factory is not the likely source of the bacteria.

As the FDA works to resolve the issues and reopen the plant, the shortage continues to affect the most vulnerable, local pediatricians told Crain’s.

The greatest impact is on infants requiring specialized formulas containing specific amino acids that act as a major source, if not the only source, of nutrition for children with metabolic disorders. These disorders impact a person’s ability to break down protein, thereby eliminating the ability to consume traditional foods, including breast milk.

These specialized formulas are produced in factories like Abbott and sold to consumers through pharmacies.

“For children with special needs in preparation, they will die if they don’t get the right formula,” said Uzma Shah, the new president of pediatrics at Henry Ford Medical Group, who most recently served in the leadership role in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. “Pharmacy stocks are about half of what they should be and right now manufacturers can’t keep up with demand, which is creating a real problem for these babies.”

Abbott has ramped up production at its Ohio plant, which makes mostly standard formulas, and is working to ship products from its plant, which makes specialty products like those at its Sturgis plant from production in Ireland.

However, the United States has a 17.5% duty on imported formulas, so these shipments are unlikely to be profitable for the company.

Parents are looking for workarounds for products, including ordering from foreign suppliers in Europe.

But Jule MacPherson, a pediatrician at Kidology Pediatrics in Troy, warns of the potential dangers of imports.

“I’ve had patients who received formula from Europe, but that’s not regulated by the FDA,” MacPherson said. “I urge them to proceed with caution. Nutrients are usually a bit different and may not meet their needs and there are concerns about long distance shipping. There is no guarantee that the formula remains at an appropriate temperature. I advise parents against using overseas formulas.”

There have also been examples of parents cutting the formula with water to make it last longer, but that’s extremely dangerous, Shah said. Formulas are mixed to an infant’s exact needs and adding water can lead to serious health risks, most commonly seizures.

Regular formulas, sold on grocery store shelves, are also in short supply due to the shutdown, but there are alternative options, the two pediatricians said.

After six months of age, some babies can safely transition to cow’s milk temporarily, Shah said. People over the age of six months can also generally tolerate infant formula in some cases, if it is available.

Todd Robinson, director of marketing for Busch’s Fresh Food Market, which has 16 stores in southeast Michigan, said shelves remain sparse for formulas, but that’s been a constant during the pandemic since last year. .

“We’re down significantly, but our (formula) sales are basically the same as 2021,” Robinson said. “We keep ordering but the supply chain just doesn’t have the product.”

Robinson said that while stores no longer carry popular formula brands, such as Abbott’s Similac, many private label formulas remain in stock. MacPherson said private labels, such as Meijer and others, offer a valid alternative for parents.

Meanwhile, Abbott said on Thursday it hopes to reopen its Sturgis plant within the next two weeks, which should start easing shortages in two months.

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Shanghai lockdown sees global supply chain disruption intensify Thu, 12 May 2022 02:03:00 +0000

from Shanghai Containment related to covid-19 could intensify global supply chain disruption and drive up already high shipping rates and input costs, according to ratings agency Fitch.

Fitch makes this point in a note entitled Macroeconomic data does not yet reflect the impact of China’s lockdown on supply chains.

Rising cases of Omicron in Shanghai led to a lockdown in late March with mass testing, people confined to their homes and transport restrictions in place. The volume of freight traffic in the Shanghai region thus plunged in early April and remains 80% lower at the end of March, according to Fitch. Shanghai handles one-fifth of China’s port volumes, with China in turn accounting for 15% of global merchandise exports.

“Lockdown measures that affect parts of China’s highly integrated supply chain are having ripple effects on other regions. Chinese authorities have tried to limit disruption by forcing workers to sleep in factories and at the Port of Shanghai in a “closed-loop” bubble with no direct contact with the outside world. Even so, the restrictions mean that ships are loaded and unloaded at a slower rate, leading to a buildup of carrier- containers waiting to dock at the port of Shanghai. Shipping analysts Windward estimate that 500 ships lined up in mid-April, compared to 260 in February,” says Fitch.

On top of that, a shortage of drivers means there aren’t enough trucks available to transport raw materials and empty containers to inland factories for manufacturers to fill and send back for export.

“Waiting times at the port of Shanghai increased and throughput in April fell sharply, with domestic exports falling around 5.3% month-on-month. The bottleneck in Shanghai is already affecting supply elsewhere, as suggested by the latest rise in the United States. [manufacturing] ISM Supplier Shipments Index for April,” says Fitch.

Windward recently said that one in five container ships, or 1,826, were waiting outside ports around the world, including 506 waiting to access Chinese ports.

Meanwhile, Fitch goes on to say that the Shanghai lockdown comes with few signs of improvement in global commodity shortages.

“Even before the latest lockdown in China, the time it took to transport cargo from Asia to the West Coast of the United States was twice as long as at the start of the pandemic, while shipping rates are six times higher than they were at the start of 2020,” said Fitch.

“Congestion at US West Coast ports has eased in recent months, but this may prove temporary. The container backlog in the Port of Shanghai will eventually flow to US West Coast ports, likely causing congestion during the summer months. shortages and constraints on distribution channels, supply chain disruptions are unlikely to be resolved quickly.”

Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles import approximately 40% of all containerized cargo into the United States.

“As China maintains its zero Covid policy, further lockdowns will likely lead to disruptions in global supply chains,” Fitch said.

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CalAmp’s Tracker Brings Secure Supply Chain Visibility Solution to Pan-European Transport and Logistics Operators Wed, 11 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000

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Supply chain visibility solution provides real-time monitoring of high-value, high-risk goods in transit for improved safety, efficiency and compliance

CalAmp’s Tracker Brings Secure Supply Chain Visibility Solution to Pan-European Transport and Logistics Operators

Tracker Network (UK) Ltd.  offers CalAmp's supply chain visibility solution to pan-European transport and logistics operators to provide reliable, cost-effective, end-to-end shipment tracking.

Tracker Network (UK) Ltd. offers CalAmp’s supply chain visibility solution to pan-European transport and logistics operators to provide reliable, cost-effective, end-to-end shipment tracking.

LONDON and IRVINE, Calif., May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a connected intelligence company helping people and organizations improve operational performance through an ecosystem of data-driven solutions, today announced its subsidiary, Tracker Network (UK) Ltd., is offering its supply chain visibility solution to pan-European transport and logistics operators to provide reliable, cost-effective, end-to-end shipment tracking . The solution will particularly benefit multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, electronics, biotechnology, food and consumer goods industries looking to secure high-value, high-risk shipments in transit, while improving supply chain efficiency and providing essential documentation for regulatory compliance purposes.

CalAmp’s supply chain visibility solution is enabled by a portfolio of wireless sensors and other reusable and single-use devices that can be attached to assets to track and collect critical data, such as temperature, light, shock, vibration and location. The solution allows operators to monitor freight throughout the shipping journey from a manufacturer to the final destination through land, sea and air touchpoints. Upon arrival, the sensors automatically sync with CalAmp’s fixed and mobile hubs to support chain-of-custody documentation and environmental reporting. Sensor data sent through the CalAmp Telematics Cloud can be directly integrated into warehouse, fleet and logistics management systems via application programming interfaces (APIs).

“The pandemic has brought to light numerous challenges within the global supply chain, from port and border closures to product shortages and shipments of COVID-19 vaccines. Manual tracking of goods in transit exposes freight to human error and theft, and limits the visibility of environmental damage,” said Mark Rose, Managing Director of Tracker. “Smarter logistics systems enabled by sensors and APIs, such as CalAmp’s supply chain visibility solution, are proving invaluable in reducing freight spoilage, optimizing supply chain performance, document chain of custody and protect brand integrity.”

CalAmp’s supply chain visibility solution provides:

  • Reporting and data analysis: Data recording to help document chain of custody in accordance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements

  • Critical alerts and notifications: Immediate web and mobile alerts when a shipment exceeds a pre-determined temperature range or leaves the authorized shipping area, allowing supply chain operators to take corrective action to minimize spoilage and loss

  • Near real-time localization: CalAmp’s smart sensors and disposable devices use GPS tracking to provide near real-time delivery estimates, current location, and progress reports, even when the shipment is in the hands of a third-party provider.

  • Geofencing and route fencing: Alerts notify users if cargo deviates from planned route or deviates from authorized waypoints

  • Stop and motion detection: Detect when a shipment is moving or stuck, which is especially important when navigating high-risk areas between waypoints

  • API integration: CalAmp integrates with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to facilitate information sharing, collaboration and transparency throughout the supply chain

  • External sharing of critical sensor readings and history: A device’s sensory reading, location, and historical data may be shared with other stakeholders, including third-party logistics providers (3PLs), private fleet operators, warehouses, and distribution centers.

“The need for real-time, end-to-end freight visibility has never been greater than in today’s complex, just-in-time global supply chain. Manufacturers, logistics operators, consumers and regulators all want to be sure that their shipments in transit meet strict safety and compliance requirements and will arrive quickly and as expected,” said Jeff Clark, Chief Product Officer, CalAmp. “We are excited to bring this level of visibility and intelligence to the European market through our Supply Chain Visibility solution. For our customers who ship goods to pan-European regions, this location and environmental information will enhance the reliability, security and efficiency of their operations for the benefit of all supply chain stakeholders.

About Tracker Network (UK) Limited
Tracker Network (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CalAmp, has been at the forefront of stolen vehicle recovery and insurance and fleet telematics since 1993. With more than a million market-leading security and telematics systems installed in vehicles, including passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, and factory and construction equipment, Tracker’s connected intelligence solutions help individuals and businesses to work smarter. Working with police, Tracker has to date recovered over £571m worth of stolen vehicles and continues to recover an average of £1m worth of stolen vehicles each month. Tracker’s award-winning products guarantee its customers complete peace of mind. For more information, visit or LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, instagram or Tracking Information.

About CalAmp
CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) is a connected intelligence company that leverages an ecosystem of data-driven solutions to help people and organizations improve operational performance. We solve complex problems in the transportation and logistics, commercial and government fleet, industrial equipment, and consumer vehicle markets by providing solutions that track, monitor, and recover vital assets. The insights enabled by our cloud platform, apps, and advanced computing devices drive operational visibility, safety, efficiency, maintainability, and sustainability. Based in Irvine, Calif., CalAmp has more than one million software and service subscribers and 10 million peripheral devices deployed worldwide. For more information, visit calamp.comor LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or CalAmp Blog.

CalAmp, LoJack, TRACKER, Here comes the bus, bus attendant, iOnVision, CrashBoxx and associated logos are among the registered trademarks of CalAmp and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Spireon has acquired the LoJack® US Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp and has an exclusive license to the LoJack brand in the United States and Canada. All other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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Tesla may stop taking orders due to supply chain issues Tue, 10 May 2022 17:50:41 +0000

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has suggested his company may seek to stop taking orders for certain models to combat long lead times.

Speaking at the Financial Times summit on the future of the car, Musk laid bare the drastic impact of continued parts supply restrictions on Tesla’s ability to produce cars to meet demand.

“I’m confident we’ll be able to sell all the cars we can make. Right now the time to order a Tesla is ridiculously long,” he said. “Our problem is not demand, it’s production.”

He added: “We will probably stop taking orders beyond a certain period. Part of the delay is about a year. ?

“I don’t think about lead generation and a lot about production and supply chain.”

Musk is one of many automaker CEOs to express frustration over extended lead times in recent months, as the supply of critical components for auto production continues to be strangled by a number of winds. industry setbacks, including soaring material costs, a shortage of semiconductors and various issues arising from the war in Ukraine.

The problems come at a crucial time for Tesla as it strives to ramp up production at its new factories in Shanghai and Berlin. Musk has previously said the company won’t launch any new products — citing the Cybertruck, Roadster and an unnamed entry-level sedan — until 2023, in line with that goal.

The company recently raised prices for its range to reflect this, noting that by the time many of today’s orders are filled, raw material costs will have risen significantly from today’s already inflated costs. today. Despite this, it posted record sales figures and profits in the first quarter of 2022, delivering 68% more cars worldwide than in the same period last year, and the equivalent of 2.5 billion profits – an increase of £536 million.

This isn’t the first time Musk has suggested Tesla could sell more cars if it was able to ramp up production. “Even before there were supply chain issues,” he said, referring to the effects of the supply chain crisis on the company’s overall numbers for 2021.

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Unlocking the supply chain gets “intense” Mon, 09 May 2022 23:22:02 +0000

It’s not just heavy industries such as auto manufacturing that have felt the effects of the current supply chain crisis, but tech startups as well.

The pain is especially acute for tech companies that use certain types of circuitry and microchips, participants at the Making Physical Products with Part Shortages roundtable Monday at Boulder Startup Week said.

“We have experienced supply chain shortages in the past,” mostly due to one-time incidents related to geopolitical issues or natural disasters, said Todd Hochwitz, chief electrical engineer of Zebulon Solutions LLC. But the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a supply chain disruption that is “unprecedented”.

Competition between startups seeking similar types of components has “become very intense,” said Zebulon COO Jenney Loper, forcing companies to devote more and more resources to sourcing and support functions. inventory management.

Monday’s panelists suggested an aggressive approach to sourcing materials.

“If you see parts, don’t assume they’ll still be available six months from now,” Loper said.

If parts are available, Hochwitz said, buy as many components as possible. Companies, he said, can always try to resell what they don’t use.

Big companies with strong economies of scale often get the first bite of the supply apple, so startups need to be patient, experts said.

“If you’re a small fish in a big pond, you probably won’t get your allocation when you expect it,” said Teresa Neeley, supply chain manager for Zebulon.

Relationships with component manufacturers and brokers become increasingly important as the supply chain tightens.

“Some brokers are reputable and some are not,” Hochwitz said. Unscrupulous brokers “maybe taking advantage of the supply chain and making as much money as they can these days.”

Neeley encouraged startups to carefully consider the components they buy.

Get photos of parts and packaging, like copies of certifications and business licenses, and ask for warranties, she recommended.

Local supply chain partners are often more reliable because they demand business returns from local operators, experts said.

“Don’t go to Amazon,” Neeley said. “I mean, you can if you really want to, but I wouldn’t trust him.”

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Most e-supply chain challenges are getting worse Mon, 09 May 2022 02:05:27 +0000