This year's Super Bowl between Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots was watched by more than 115m people worldwide © AP Photo/Mark Humphrey/PA Images
This year's Super Bowl between Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots was watched by more than 115m people worldwide © AP Photo/Mark Humphrey/PA Images

Popcorn, the Super Bowl and robots — the supply chain in numbers

9 February 2017

9,032 miles

The longest distance flown non-stop by a commercial airline. Qatar Airways Flight QR920 crossed ten time zones from Doha to Auckland, landing five minutes ahead of schedule on Sunday 5 February after 16 hours and 23 minutes in the air. There were four pilots on board, with 15 cabin crew members who served 1,100 cups of tea and coffee, 2,000 cold drinks and 1,036 meals during the flight.

$10,000,000

The amount Cinepolis de Mexico SA, the world’s fourth-largest cinema chain, spends on corn kernels from farmers in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. The renegotiation of the deal is at risk as President Trump considers scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement, between Canada, Mexico and the US, which came into force in 1994. If that accord ends, the Mexican group may buy kernels from Argentina. 

1,300

The number of start-ups that have benefitted from the Chilean government’s accelerator programme since it was launched in 2010. Each start-up receives $3,000 in government funds. The programme has created 15 innovation hubs across the country, with the biggest in the capital Santiago. If you intend to check the start-ups out, don’t refer to them as ‘Chilecon valley’.

$5,000,000

The cost of one, 30-second Super Bowl advertising spot on US TV network Fox, according to Forbes magazine. The cost of advertising during the 2017 American final, which was watched by more than 115m people worldwide, works out at around four to five cents per viewer. This year’s final was the first in history to go into overtime and in four minutes of extra play, industry analysts estimate, Fox News generated an additional $20m in advertising revenue. 

250,000

The number of public sector workers who could lose their jobs to robots in the next 15 years, according to the think tank Reform, which claims machines would be more efficient at administration and save billions of pounds. Andrew Haldane, the director of Reform, used to lead the political section of the Conservative Party’s research department. In a new report, the think tank says that artificial intelligence ‘chat bots’ – which the authors say can outperform humans at diagnoses and routine surgical procedures – could also replace ten of thousands of workers in the NHS and GP surgeries by 2030, saving around £4bn a year.

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