Japan and Ecuador Earthquakes: Supply Chain Lessons from Past Disasters

Talking Logistics

The recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador are a sad reminder of how deadly natural disasters can be. As of this morning, 41 people are confirmed dead in Kumamoto prefecture, the epicenter of Japan’s earthquakes, and 272 people have died in Ecuador , with thousands more injured and displaced from their homes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and Ecuador, especially all of the victims and their families, as they deal with the aftermath of these tragic events.

Supply Chain Lessons From Japan

Supply Chain Network

Japan’s resiliency and its people’s willingness to do the hard work of recovery are certainly not in question. A look at the impact of the Kobe earthquake in 1995 on Japan’s GDP in that year and the year following are a testament to the nation’s ability to bounce back from disaster. Still, devastation of the magnitude seen in Japan this month may take longer to clean up. From Forbes: “Boeing (BA) faces new delays in the delivery of the Dreamliner.

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Japan and Ecuador Earthquakes Highlight Supply Chain Risks


Last week’s earthquake and strong pre and post aftershocks in Japan have resulted in numerous disruptions for manufacturers. . Toyota announced on Sunday it would suspend production in stages at its plants across Japan.

Bringing Rootstock Cloud ERP to Japan


Rootstock Software has launched a new office in Japan to respond to the tremendous demand for Cloud ERP in the country’s manufacturing and distribution industries. We also appointed Yoichiro Sugii as General Manager of Rootstock Japan, Inc.

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Kinexions, a tale of growth and potential


by Trevor Miles I’m on my way back from Tokyo where I attended our user conference, Kinexions Tokyo , in Japan, just 5 weeks after our Kinexions North America user conference in San Diego.

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Supply Chain News on Lean Lessons from Japan on Human Resources in Manufacturing

Supply Chain Digest

Lean Leaders Treat Employees as True Assets, while Most Companies Use Worker Hands Only, not Brains

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Trade-Offs on the Road to Globalization

Supply Chain @ MIT

The monstrous 8.6-magnitude earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan spawned a tsunami that surged 4 kilometers inland, obliterating towns and farms across a huge swathe of the Japanese countryside.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process


We saw this type of issue over the past several years with the Japan earthquake / Tsunami in and with the Thailand floods. by John Westerveld Reason #5: Not having a supply chain risk management process.

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on The Scary Population Decline in Japan

Supply Chain Digest

Population will Fall Dramatically by 2060, Researcher Says, as Demographics a Concern Almost Across the Globe

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Progress on the Road to Disaster Recovery

Supply Chain @ MIT

magnitude earthquake struck the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. Featured Resilience emergency management Hurricane Katrina Japan earthquakes MIT CTL supply chain resilience Toyota lean Yossi SheffiOn April 14 2016 a 6.5

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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)


General News Sales and operations planning (S&OP) Supply chain collaboration Supply chain management Aircraft lease Aircraft on ground All Japan Women''s Pro-Wrestling Automobile Autopilot BlackBerry Curve Bloomberg L.P. by John Westerveld.

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SOHAR among Omani delegation to Japan

Logistics Middle East

Japan is a major contributor to Oman''s economy

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Tsunami Warning Issued After Quake Off Fukushima in Japan

Supply Chain 24/7

struck Tuesday off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in Japan, a tsunami warning for waves of up to 10 feet has been issued Tokyo - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3

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Jafza markets itself to Japan as Halal industry hub

Logistics Middle East

Japan wants to reach and serve over two billion consumers of halal food and other products

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Jafza highlights its MEA hub potential to Japan

Logistics Middle East

Jafza to showcase its MEA hub potential to Japanese companies

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Global Logistics—May 2016

Inbound Logistics

Japan earthquakes impact global supply chain; despite economic slowdown, Africa still offers trade opportunities; climate change affects global supply chains

RFID, AIDC, and IoT News on It Starts, as Measures in US, Japan Going to Track People with Automatic Identification

Supply Chain Digest

Stuff of Science Fiction May be Closer than We Think

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Improve Manufacturing Performance with Total Productive Maintenance

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

But no; I saw the light and now I’m a firm believer in this technique that originated in Japan. When I first came across Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) I was sceptical of yet another ”blue sky” approach to pursuing manufacturing excellence.

Supply Chain News on Move to Rebuild US Manufacturing will be Powered by Foreign Made Robots

Supply Chain Digest

Japan and Euro Companies Dominate, but Can Software Prowess Get US Back in the Game

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3 Major Japanese Container Shipping Lines to Consolidate by July 2017


MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), three of Japan’s largest container ship lines, have agreed to establish a new joint venture company by approximately July 2017. Global Transportation Global Forwarding Japan Shipping

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on I, Robot

Supply Chain Digest

Interesting Summary of the Global Industrial Robot Population, as Korea, Japan have High Robot Density and Low Unemployment

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Dec. 8, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon has Sights Set on Brick and Mortar Grocery Stores, UK Retailers and CPG Companies Tussle over Pricing, Population in Japan Headed to Scary Lows, Smithfield Foods Targets Manure to Reduce CO2

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of June 1, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Japan, Germany Need Robots to Deal Aging Populations, eFulfillment Wars have Come to Pizza Delivery,MIT Breakthrough in Pasta Delivery, UPS Joint Venture to Power China to US Air Shipments

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of April 13, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Tiny Columbus, IN is an Export Titan, Layoffs Continue at Walmart, Says Funds Needed for eCommerce, Boeing Could See Major Savings from 3D Printing, Parcel Carriers Hiking Rates Big Time in Japan

[PROFILE] Zak Stern '14 - Parker CMC Networking

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Pre-Business School:  Associate, Economic and Valuation Services, KPMG , Language Teacher, JET Program - Japan. Parker CMC Networking. About UCLA Parker CMC.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Year Over Year (Cass Information Systems) Cargo theft volume, values decreased in 2018 (CCJ) JD.com’s drones take flight to Japan in partnership with Rakuten (TechCrunch). It was school vacation week, which means I got more skiing than work done these past few days.

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Another Way to Think About Supply Chain Risk Management


Think the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan—at GM, the catastrophic event affected 5800 parts across its multi-tiered network, says MIT’s Dr. Yossi Sheffi in his book “The Power of Resilience.".

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of March 31, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

New Transport Mode Culd be Blimps, More Warnings about the Impact of Robots on Jobs, Wage Increases in Japan Remain Near Zero Despite Desparate Hopes for Inflation, Parcel Drone Finally Takes Flight in US

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Black Swan Events: A Double-Edge Sword for Supply Chain Resiliency Proponents


In 2011, the unthinkable occurred in Japan. A massive earthquake triggered a tsunami which, in turn, triggered a nuclear power plant meltdown, all of which combined to create a humanitarian disaster of epic scale.

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Supply Chain Disruptions: A Survival Guide - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

2011: Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan. Yes, there is one paper discussing about how the manufacturing companies in Japan survived disruptions (the hard way) called " Supply chain lessons from the catastrophic natural disaster in Japan " by Park et al 2013. NAVIGATE. Basics.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of January 22, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

Robots and More will be Devastating to Jobs, Oil Now Costs Less than Two Large Pizzas in Most Areas, Maersk Modestly Optimistic about Container Volumes for 2015, but Others Disagree, The Stunning Demographic Changes in Japan

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Prologis breaks ground on nearly 7 million-sq-ft of logistics space in second half of 2018


Tokyo, Japan. Sendai, Japan. Tokyo, Japan. Osaka, Japan. Sendai, Japan. Prologis, a major builder and lessor of logistics real estate, has announced its build-to-suit projects for 2018, and with 6.9

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Five Important Supply Chain Events of 2016

Material Handling & Logistics

“The earthquakes that impacted southern Taiwan and Japan in the first half of the year, and the bankruptcy declaration of Hanjin Shipping caused considerable disruptions to global supply chains,” said Shahzaib Khan, director of EventWatch at Resilinc.

Toyota expects to halt production at some North American factories

Supply Chain Network

Toyota said it expects to halt production at some of its North American factories due to shortages of parts from Japan following the devastating earthquake. It said the facilities still are receiving parts from Japan that were “already in the pipeline” before the quake. Most part suppliers in Japan are already back up and running, but this isn’t enough to persuade the Ontario plants to kick back into full-gear.

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Reputation Risk in the Supply Chain

SCM Research

Particularly, the authors examine the 2011 earthquake in Japan and “pursue the earthquake theme through the knock-on reputation effects as the disruption of the earthquake reverberated through the global supply chain in Japan, Korea and further afield” The report highlights that loss of a key customer or disruption at a key supplier can cause reputation challenges at one’s own firm.

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Nissan Motor Co. to revolutionize S&OP


by Melissa Clow Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan manufactures vehicles in 20 countries around the world. Nissan offers products and services in more than 160 countries and areas worldwide. As a leading global automotive manufacturer, Nissan Motor Co.

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L’Oréal: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

Some manufacturing sites are more focused on regional markets and on mass-market consumer products, others – mostly small branches in the US, France, and Japan – act on global scale for luxury segment.