The supply chain in numbers – Mick Fleetwood, Dolly the sheep, Tesla

29 July 2016

Our number crunching round up of the week in procurement and supply chains.


Nights spent in a Hilton hotel to earn a Lifetime Diamond membership – and all that comes with it. On top of all the upgrade priorities for frequent business travellers, ever-higher loyalty clubs are being offered with super-perks – such as tickets to the Grammy Awards, or the chance to bid for a drumming lesson with Mick Fleetwood – as a growing number of travellers crowd out the existing loyalty clubs.


The year Tesla aims to have sold 500,000 of its $35,000 Model 3 sedan. This is two years earlier than planned, after 373,000 deposits were made on orders. Construction of its Nevada battery Gigafactory 1 has been pushed to two shifts a day, seven days a week, in an attempt to produce sufficient batteries for when the Model 3 is launched next year.


The amount of container traffic between East Asia and the US likely to shift from west to east coast ports by 2020 after the Panama Canal expansion was opened last month.


The age of four sheep clones, genetic copies of the famous Dolly (who died aged 6.5 from lung cancer, and suffering from early onset osteoarthritis). Nine is the sheep equivalent of 70 years and provides possible proof that clones do not age prematurely. It will be welcomed by breeders who use cloning to create perfect livestock.


Growth of the UK economy in Q2, according to Office for National Statistics figures, who say they are better than expected, given uncertainty in the months leading up to Brexit. What happens next is, however uncertain. “It’s far too early to say how the economy is responding to the referendum result,” said the government’s new post-Brexit Chancellor, Philip Hammond.


The amount UK drugs company GlaxoSmithKline will invest in UK factories, to make products largely for export. The CEO, who backed Remain, credited the low corporation tax as well as expertise in life sciences for the decision to continue investing in the UK.


The number of Boeing 747s on order – and possibly the last to be built if sales of the 46-year-old jetliner do not increase. Boeing posted a loss of $234m on its first quarter. Two of the 21 will become the US president’s Air Force One planes in 2023. The 747’s huge seat capacity – up to 660 – made global air travel affordable to many.

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