The supply chain week in numbers

29 April 2016

$33,750
The amount the Russian military has paid out for five bottlenose dolphins (three male, two female). The tender was advertised on the Russian government’s website and was won by Moscow’s Utrish Dolphinarium. Neither the supplier nor the government have said what the dolphins are for but the US Navy has been using them to retrieve lost equipment at sea since the 1960s.

14%
The percentage of 900 supply chain professionals surveyed by Deloitte and industry logistics group MHI who said they use 3D printing. But 48% of those responding said they expect to use 3D printing in the next decade. 

51,190,000
The number iPhones sold in the first quarter of 2016, down from 61.2m in the same period in 2015. That was the first quarterly decline in sales since the device, which accounts for 65% of Apple’s revenue, was introduced in 2007. The company is looking to reduce its inventory by $2bn.

100%
The percentage of BBC programmes that could be put out to competitive tender at the BBC under proposals in a new government white paper to renew the organisation’s royal charter. At the moment, half of the broadcaster’s shows are made in-house, 25% by independent producers and 25% open to bids.

821
The number of jobs created in the US by General Motors, which will invest $789m to make its manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, more efficient. It will also spend $118m modernising its power train facility in Bay City, Michigan, which started in 1892 as a bicycle factory.

1.9 errors per billion
The margin of error among dabbawalas (lunch box delivery men) serving the Indian city of Mumbai. Such efficiency has prompted KFC India, whose major franchise holder is QSR Brands (M), to partner with the dabbawalas to deliver their lunchtime meals.

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