Africa’s savannah elephant population is falling at 8% a year
Africa’s savannah elephant population is falling at 8% a year

Pizza delivery drones, toxic haze and endangered elephants – the supply chain week in numbers

2 September 2016


The height at which pizza-delivering drones will fly before landing in a trial service by Domino’s to be held in New Zealand later this year. If the test succeeds, drones may also be used in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. The New Zealand government has reviewed its laws to make it easier to use drones for commercial purposes but Green Party spokesperson Julie Anne Genter tweeted: “What about the pizza delivery jobs? The government is teaming up with big corporates to replace your jobs.”


The amount of cheese the US Department of Agriculture has bought to help out hard-hit dairy farmers. The cheese was donated to food banks and other government nutrition assistance programmes. In July 2016, the cost of a gallon of milk was down 11% compared to the year before and the country’s milk glut is so severe so farmers have been dumping it in their fields.


The number of elephants lost between 2007 and 2014 in 15 African countries, according to a continent-wide survey by the Great Elephant Census. The results suggest that more than 350,000 elephants are in Africa, with populations stable or increasing in ten countries. Yet overall the decline in Africa’s savannah elephant population is estimated at a worrying 8% a year.


The increase in price, US senators allege, of the price of an Epipen from pharmaceutical company Mylan. Twenty US senators have written to the company expressing concern about price hikes saying “The Epipen has become so exorbitantly expensive that access to this life-saving combination product is in jeopardy for many Americans.” Mylan has announced generic versions of the product – and also offered coupons – but the unimpressed Senators dismissed this as a “complex shell game” to keep costs to users, governments and insurers high.


The number of Indonesian provinces that have declared a state of emergency to make it easier for the authorities to respond to fires and toxic haze. Last year, these fires cost Indonesia $1.6bn and strained relations with its neighbours. So far this year, with better weather conditions, there have been 61% reduction in hotspots compared to 2015.


The number of flights All Nippon Airways says it may have to cancel in the coming weeks after fatigue cracks were found in the turbine blades for the Rolls Royce Trent 100 engines in its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Airline and engine maker are in discussion about replacing the turbines but a complete refit may take three years.

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