Supply Management's consulting editor Paul Simpson picks out some of this week's stand out figures from the world of procurement and supply...
The amount of time a typical Pokemon Go user spends playing the game everyday. The bestselling app in the US after its launch, Pokemon Go is the first app Nintendo has created for smartphones and uses augmented reality to combine the characters and the user’s real world. Not officially released in Japan or the UK, it is already so popular that Android users spent more time playing the game than they do on Twitter.
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The amount American parts maker Johnson Controls will pay to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges over its sales of equipment to China’s maritime sector. Money was funded via a subsidiary to sham vendors who were, in reality, employees at a shipyard owned by the Chinese government. Though Johnson cooperated with US investigators and tried to halt bribery and embezzlement, it couldn’t, authorities found, end a “culture of impunity”.
The year the Carplane, a flying car which could travel at 125mph and at up to 15,000ft, could be commercially available. The Munich-based company is in talks with European regulators to get its concept approved. Violeta Bulc, the European Union’s transport commissioner, has asked staff to think about the concept of an “urban aviation space”.
The number of travel brochures printed by the TUI Group, owner of the First Choice and Thomson holiday brands. The group says it will phase out these printed brochures by 2020 to focus on digital tools.
Top price for a “Make America Great Again’ Donald Trump campaign hat. Despite promising to bring manufacturing back to the US, the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign is having difficulty confirming that these hats are made entirely in the US. A test of five caps by Associated Press found that one was made of a different fabric and some employees at one manufacturer say the hats use fabric, bills and stiffeners imported from overseas. Trump has said he will sue if they are not made in the US.
The amount of data leaked onto the dark net from the systems of Armscor, South African arms procurement agency, by hacktivist OpAfrica who claims to have access to supplier IDs and passwords. The files include invoices, order numbers and invoice amounts. The same hacktivist has recently leaked similar details from two Israeli arms importers.
The forecast size of this year’s salmon production in Chile, 16% less than in 2015. A toxic algae bloom – and protests over the compensation offered to producers – have hit output. The knock on effect of this decline – coupled with a sea lice issue that has hit Norway’s producers – has seen the price of salmon leap by 50% since January.
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The top five vehicles in the annual ‘Most American Made Car’ survey by cars.com were from Japanese automotive firms: the Toyota Camry was ranked first, followed by the Honda Accord, the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot. The highest placed brand from a US manufacturer, the Chevrolet Traverse, was sixth in the ranking.