Companies newly alarmed by the risks posed by supply chains rooted in China should also be wary of the downsides of moving production to other countries or reshoring to the US, writes Rosemary Coates. Among the possible pitfalls are the ramifications of breaking contractual obligations in China and steep learning curves for workers in new countries where the cost of rework and lower productivity may outweigh any wage savings.
Early benefits of working from home are wearing off, and employees need help from managers in creating new structures and connections while staying energized, writes Jim Haudan. "And since working from home doesn't seem to be going anywhere, the sooner we master leading in this physically distant world, the better for us all," he writes.
Kroger has launched a free plastic recycling program for its Simple Truth store brand items. Under the partnership with TerraCycle, the initiative allows customers to ship the flexible plastic packaging from more than 300 Simple Truth items for free and earn redeemable points for each pound sent as a charitable donation.
Pedicabs and electric rickshaws are helping serve a transit need in the US, with their open-air rides a desired feature as transit users seek to avoid enclosed spaces amid the pandemic. Among the cities experimenting with the vehicles is Jacksonville, Fla., where three-wheeled electric rickshaws are available as shuttles in two downtown neighborhoods.
Electric vehicle charging, fleet management and software "could create a lot of value" for Ford and are "concrete areas that will change" the company, incoming CEO Jim Farley said Tuesday. Current CEO Jim Hackett will help Farley transition, then stay on as an adviser through the first quarter of next year.
Companies are putting electric motors in classic cars, and Volkswagen has trademarked the e-Golf Classic, e-Samba and e-Kubel, which suggests that electric versions of those vehicles are coming. The Samba was a bus, and the Kubelwagen was on the road in the 1940s.
This week in India, Amazon is holding its first 48-hour Prime Day sale since the start of the pandemic, with several changes made for safety. Employees will manage sales from home, and distribution centers will require face coverings, conduct employee temperature checks and have social distancing guidelines marked on the floors.
Tolls will no longer be charged to members of the Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation and its government employees for traveling on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge between Oregon and Washington. The new policy was accepted in deference to the Yakama Nation Treaty of 1855, which grants the Yakama Nation free, unrestricted travel on public highways, according to the Port of Hood River.
Lindsay Cross of Florida Conservation Voters, Ananth Prasad of the Florida Transportation Builders' Association and Chris Emmanuel of the Florida Chamber of Commerce discuss the proposed addition of multiple toll roads in Florida in this interview. The plan would extend the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border, extend the Florida Turnpike west to the Suncoast Parkway and add a new corridor from Polk County to Collier County.