News / New supply chain risks emerge as production lines restart in China’s factories

first_img Most of China’s manufacturers are back online in some capacity, but new supply chain risks are emerging.Normal Global Logistics (NGL) estimates that, in the wake of the country’s coronavirus lockdown, 90% to 95% of factories have returned to operation in most provinces – except Hubei.“Several factories still have reduced production, due to a shortage of raw materials and labour,” said NGL, adding that larger factories had managed to get up and running much faster than smaller businesses.NGL Hong Kong MD Stefan Holmqvist told The Loadstar: “To shut down the supply chain was a relatively easy process in China, but to reverse it is a different story.” For example, he said, it meant new supply chain risks were emerging, such as the unstable supply of raw materials, a lack of skilled workers, logistics issues from sub-suppliers, pressure to produce quickly and increased scrutiny from government and regulatory agencies.“The lack of regular workers at some factories, and also at sub-vendors, has affected the quality and speed of production,” explained Mr Holmqvist.Furthermore, he added, there was increased credit risk among all parties along the supply chain, from manufacturers and buyers to logistics providers, which could lead to more quality issues.“Smaller and less capitalised companies in China are struggling to cope with simultaneous high demand for product and the lack of workers and logistics,” Mr Holmqvist said. “In practice, some firms may be tempted to find creative solutions to deliver; sub-contracting production to unqualified local vendors or tweaking specifications to increase output.”Financial fraud was an additional risk, added Mr Holmqvist, with large-scale remote working prompting increased activity by “fraudsters and scammers” trying to take advantage of the situation.“One of the new vulnerabilities is in remote work arrangements for millions of people supporting supply chains, involving price gouging and online scams and unjustified interruption of agreed payments or delivery of supplies.”For importers hoping to source goods from China, storage and transport issues remain. Mr Holmqvist said there was increased demand for bonded storage, since space and demand was now affected overseas.“Many importers and retailers are prioritising the transport of medical and urgent items, so many others have been put on hold,” he said.Airfreight capacity is still severely limited in China, with airlines still grounding up to 95% of their fleet. And, although more carriers are opting to turn passenger jets into makeshift freighters, demand is still “far outstripping” supply, said Mr Holmqvist, with rates continuing to surge.Container ports, railways and inland trucking operations are faring better, however, with NGL estimating capacity levels of 90% of pre-outbreak levels.Shipping lines have lifted surcharges on reefer shipments as port congestion eased, and even railfreight from Wuhan will, reportedly, resume this week after almost two months of suspension.The focus is now shifting to the demand-side consequences of the pandemic and resulting lockdowns in the west.“As the situation develops in overseas locations like the EU and the US, the speed of the recovery becomes more uncertain,” NGL said. By Sam Whelan 25/03/2020last_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Making Environment More Business Friendly – PM

first_imgGov’t Committed to Making Environment More Business Friendly – PM Office of the Prime MinisterApril 22, 2013 RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint RelatedGround Broken for New Barracks at Up Park Camp FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is committed to reversing negative perceptions of Jamaica as a business-friendly destination, by making a real and lasting impact on the national business environment.Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made this declaration while addressing the official opening of the ATL Automotive Volkswagen Modular Showroom and Audi Terminal, on Oxford Road, St. Andrew on Friday, April 19.She disclosed that work to achieve the improvements is being done through the National Competitiveness Council, chaired by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, with active participation from the Private Sector.“Minister Hylton and his team are charged with plotting an upward path to advance Jamaica’s position in the rankings, by taking the required actions, in partnership with the wider public and the private sectors, to address the complex issues affecting national productivity and global competitiveness,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She also called for a new culture of customer service at all levels in the public and private sector, premised on quality, speedy response and innovative practices, which empowers workers to exercise greater discretion and appropriate attitudes in delivering excellence every time.She noted that Government has tried many initiatives in the past to encourage greater levels of customer service and so it is time to consider a classic Public Private Partnership (PPP).The Prime Minister congratulated the ATL team, inclusive of Chairman, Hon. Gordon Butch Stewart, and son and Chief Executive Officer, ATL Automotive, Adam Stewart, for their level of service in delivering high customer satisfaction over the years. “I regard the ATL brand as a high quality Jamaican brand and an important local benchmark against which we can define and implement a new service culture in Jamaica. This is an urgent need when we consider that in excess of 70 per cent of the Jamaican economy comprises service industries like the dynamic automotive sector,”Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She challenged the ATL team, to consider how it could partner with Government “to find solutions to this thorny problem (of poor customer service), which if you think about it, is at the heart of our less than desirable position in the Global Competitiveness Rankings.”For his part, Adam Stewart, noted that the company, began 45 years old ago with a vision to give customers more than they expect.“We would never stand here and say that we get it right every time, but we certainly stand here and say that every time there is an issue, we take that phone call and make it right,” he said, in explaining the company’s philosophy of good customer service.He disclosed that the new-car sector is important to Jamaica, noting that in addition to the import duties that are being paid, the sector also employs and trains many Jamaicans in a specialised field.The new facility, which employs 120 persons on site, was constructed at a cost of US$13.5 million, representing the largest investment by any automotive company in Jamaica’s history.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reportercenter_img RelatedPrince Michael Lauds Jamaicans Advertisementslast_img read more

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Frank Frederick Joins Schrader International

first_imgDENVER, Colo. – Schrader International has announced the addition of Frank Frederick as vice president of sales and marketing for the North American aftermarket.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. “I’m enthused and energized to become a member of the Schrader team and continue their brand leadership for TPMS in the aftermarket space,” said Frederick. “I’m excited to bring the devotion Schrader has shown to cutting-edge technology, education and training initiatives with our retail and distributor partners in an effort to help aftermarket service providers supply the best solutions for their customers and the consumer.” Most recently, Frederick led the North American Light Duty aftermarket sales team for Remy International Inc. Past experiences also include sales leadership roles at Walker Products Inc., ROL Manufacturing of America and Allparts Inc.center_img DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  In this position, Frederick will be responsible for sales leadership, business growth, training and sales initiatives within the aftermarket sector. This includes promotion of Schrader’s market-leading innovations such as EZ-sensor, the industry’s first patented and programmable TPMS replacement sensor covering more than 90 percent of TPMS-equipped vehicles. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement “We are truly excited about having Frank join the Schrader team,” said Hugh Charvat, president and CEO of Schrader. “With more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket, Frank’s sales experience, leadership skills, reputation, knowledge of the industry and his enthusiasm will be valuable to our continuing success in North America.”last_img read more

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Montague cruises past Shelby 53-3; game called at halftime due to injuries

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Markram ‘sorry’ for bizarre, self-inflicted wrist injury

first_imgAiden Markram has “taken full responsibility” for bizarrely breaking his wrist, ruling him out of the final Test against India starting in Ranchi on Saturday.The embattled Proteas opener, who’s only scored 43 runs in four innings on the tour, “in a moment of frustration with his own performance, he lashed out at a solid object, resulting in his injury”, Cricket South Africa said in a statement.That moment of madness has resulted in him fracturing wrist bones, necessitating a visit with a specialist in Cape Town.Surgery could see him being in a race against time to be fit for the series against England, which starts in Centurion on Boxing Day.Markram said his biggest regret was letting his teammates down.“It’s sad to be going home on this note and I completely understand what I’ve done wrong and take full accountability for it. It’s unacceptable in a Proteas environment and to let the team down is what hurts me the most. I’ve learned a lot from this and the other players I’m sure, have learned from it as well,” he said.“We understand in sport that emotions run high and sometimes the frustration gets the better of you as it did for me, but like I said, it’s no excuse. I’ve taken full responsibility for it, I have apologised to the team and hopefully I can make it up to them and the people of South Africa soon.”There had been talk anyway that Markram should be left out of the team for the final game given his poor form.South Africa haven’t called up a replacement, meaning either Zubayr Hamza or Heinrich Klaasen will come in, though the most likely scenario is Theunis de Bruyn moving up from No 3 to open the batting.Earlier this week, Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh too broke his right hand after punching the dressing room wall in a first-class fixture.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Ballyliffin Golf Club to be honoured with Civic Reception this evening

first_imgDonegal County Council is set to honour Ballyliffin Golf Club in recognition of their tremendous organisation and success in hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this summer.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill is delighted to be in a position to honour Ballyliffin Golf Club in this way saying “the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was a wonderful opportunity for Ballyliffin and the people of Inishowen to showcase this stunning location to a global audience of almost half a billion people and they surpassed all expectations”.“Almost 95,000 visited Ballyliffin over the course of the tournament and this has left a remarkable legacy for everyone involved.  I firmly believe that the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open by Ballyliffin Golf Club was a game changer for Inishowen, for Donegal and for the North West region and I am delighted that Donegal County Council will be honouring the club this evening for hosting this world class event,” said Cllr O’Domhnaill. The Civic Reception will take place this evening (Monday) at 6pm in the County House, Lifford.Ballyliffin Golf Club to be honoured with Civic Reception this evening was last modified: September 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Conte gunning for record

first_imgInter boss Antonio Conte is aiming to equal his own record for best start to a Serie A season, set with Juventus in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Inter travel to the Stadio dall’Ara to face Bologna this afternoon, and if Conte’s side emerge victorious, it would equal his best start to a season in his coaching career. A win would give Conte 28 points from 11 games. This would equal his current record, which he gained when boss of Juventus in 2012-13 and 2013-14. In 2012-13 in fact, Conte had already reached 28 points by the 10th game, but in Week 11 Juve were defeated by Andrea Stramaccioni’s Inter, a result that ended Juve’s 49-game unbeaten streak. At this stage in his first season at Chelsea, he was on 25 points. His second season was slightly worse, ending on 22 points. With Bari in Serie B, in 2008-09, it was his worst start to a season, and had 17 points. His other Serie B experience, with Siena, saw him record 22 points by this stage. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Mayor: ‘No racism in Verona’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ The mayor of Verona has insisted “there were no racist chants” aimed at Mario Balotelli and that his city is the victim of a witch-hunt. Balotelli was racially abused by Verona fans during Brescia’s 2-1 defeat at the Bentegodi on Sunday, and the FIGC will decide whether to punish the Gialloblu today. Despite that, Federico Sboarina appeared to side with ultras leader Luca Castellini, who trivialised the incident in a controversial interview. “It seems like the sentence has already been written in stone,” Sboarina told ANSA. “Objectively, what’s happening to our city is unacceptable. “I reiterate, I was at the stadium yesterday and everyone seemed astonished when Balotelli kicked the ball away. No-one could explain it. “Therefore, there can only be the assumption that it doesn’t exist because there were no racist chants at the stadium. “A fan base and city are being put to shame.” This video, uploaded by a Verona fan, has clearly audible ‘monkey noises’ just before Balotelli kicks the ball into the stands.last_img read more

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Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ Men’s winners included fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, Mischa Zverev, Steve Darcis, Fabio Fognini and Aljaz Bedene.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I had some injuries, but good thing is I keep having the passion for the game and the love for what I am doing and the spirit of overcome tough situations in terms of physical issues,” the Spaniard said. “Of course, the spirit of improvement: every day when I wake up, going on court with the goal of doing something better than what I was doing.”Nadal will open against Lucas Pouille on Tuesday at the China Open. The Frenchman beat Nadal in their previous meeting last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNadal is 56-9 this season. He leads the tour with five ATP singles titles and will be trying to add this year’s China Open title to the one he took home as a teenager in 2005.Nadal has made the tournament’s final in three of his six earlier appearances and has a 20-5 record in Beijing. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img In the first round on Monday, top-ranked Garbine Muguruza retired from her opening match with a cold.Muguruza dropped the first set 6-2 and was trailing 2-0 against Barbora Strycova when she decided to stop.“I couldn’t perform today,” said the Spaniard, who said she picked up a virus at the Wuhan Open last week but wanted to try to play despite her illness. “I don’t want to retire before the tournament starts for me.”Also, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0.“It was a tough day,” Stephens said. “There’s not really much to say about. Obviously not a great match, so just forget about it and try to move on.”In other women’s matches, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-2, while Peng Shuai, Elena Vesnina, Elise Mertens, Coco Vandeweghe and Alize Cornet also won.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. The two are currently ranked 1-2. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BEIJING — Passion, and overcoming injuries, are the key to Rafael Nadal’s recent success.The top-ranked Spaniard won the French Open and the U.S. Open this year, and reclaimed the No. 1 spot from Andy Murray. His next event is the China Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims How sports can influence kids according to Alyssa Valdez No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupslast_img read more

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