Bicycle sharing is on the rise in China
Bicycle sharing is on the rise in China

Pollution, pricey cat food and punch ups: the supply chain in numbers

13 October 2016

Fist battles in New York, falling demand for cargo ships in Japan and bike sharing in China feature in this round up of the world of procurement and supply chains…


The price of 2kg of Green Pantry cat food from British Banquets. That may sound extreme but it does contain caviar, crab, salmon and lobster. The price works at around roughly £10 a tin compared to 50p for a can of Sheba. The good news for cat lovers is that the food is fit for human consumption too.

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The time Sasja Beslik, head of sustainable finance at Nordea Wealth Management, spent in an Indian police cell in 2015 after investigating allegations of severe environmental damage caused by pharmaceutical firms. Undeterred, Beslik and Nordea have continued to explore the charges and, in a recent study, found that pollution levels in rivers and streams near pharmaceutical plants in Hyderabad was 70% higher than in rivers and streams further away. Much of the pollution is made up of anti-bacterials, including antibiotics. Beslik said: “The local population are becoming resistant to medicine. This affects hundreds of thousands of people.”


The number of fights that broke out in one tumultuous evening between staff at a distribution warehouse in Jersey City, New York, for rapidly growing gourmet meal-kit delivery service Blue Apron. One employee tried to choke a colleague by sticking his head in a box of ice, frozen meat and vegetables. The bedlam got so serious that corporate supervisors fled the scene. Such incidents are not uncommon – according to former worker Saquina Johnson: “It was so bad a while ago that people started bringing knives and razors to work to protect themselves.” Staff now have to pass through a metal detector and the company has banned employees from bringing firearms to work.


The percentage of fish and shellfish caught in UK waters by foreign vessels. The study by NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland draws on the latest European Commission data. This catch amounts to 650,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth around £400m a year. In contrast, British vessels caught 90,000 tonnes in foreign waters, worth around £100m.


The number of orders placed with Japan’s 81 shipyards in 2016, compared to nine in 2015. The slowdown has prompted Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the country’s fourth largest shipyard by capacity, to stop making general cargo and large cruise ships and focus on smaller vessels and marine engines. One of its largest rivals, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, said it was considering exiting the industry.


The amount rural farmers in America could reap by 2030 from leasing land to wind power developers, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Ten-year federal tax credits for wind power have been extended to 2020 and the growth in this kind of energy could transform economies in poorer rural counties, where 70% of turbines are located.


The number of shared bicycles in China. This traditional mode of transport is coming back into favour as policy makers try to cope with increased traffic and pollution as car ownership has surged. In the last few weeks, two of China’s biggest bicycle-sharing services have raised $200m in investment and Didi, the country’s equivalent to Uber, is considering adding its 70,000 bikes to its app.

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