Fictional Movie on US-Japan Automotive Culture Clash – Gung Ho

Michael Keaton in 2002

Recently I watched a few feature-length movies about automotive plants America. The first one is Gung Ho, a fictional comedy from 1986 featuring Michael Keaton. The movie shows a Japanese car maker purchasing a closed-down plant in the USA, and lots of cultural clashes that threaten to close down the plant again. While not Academy Award-worthy, it offers insights into the cultural differences between Japanese and US Industry, although often exaggerated on both sides for comical effect. Continue reading Fictional Movie on US-Japan Automotive Culture Clash – Gung Ho

The Amazon Robotics Family: Kiva, Pegasus, Xanthus, and more…

Amazon Picking ProcessYou surely know this little orange robot at Amazon commonly known as Kiva, which powers many Amazon Fulfillment Centers. Turns out, there are more robots in use at Amazon, some for similar tasks, some for something completely different. In this post I would like to give you an overview of all the robots at Amazon (that I know of). There’s at least six different robots in action. Continue reading The Amazon Robotics Family: Kiva, Pegasus, Xanthus, and more…

Where Is All the Toilet Paper? Don’t Worry, It Is coming!

Empty Toilet Paper Shelf AustraliaIf you have been shopping lately, you may have noticed that due to the Corona virus crisis, your store is running short on some items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, pasta, and other consumables with a longer shelf life. Even my next-door supermarket has been hit by the panic buying.

Since my semester just got postponed by four weeks for the same reason, I have lots of time to write and would like to dig deeper into the situation of the toilet-paper supply chain. Continue reading Where Is All the Toilet Paper? Don’t Worry, It Is coming!

Storage Strategies – Random Chaotic and ABC

Amazon Manual StorageIn my last post I looked at the disadvantages of fixed location storage. Usually much better is random chaotic storage. This is, for example, the preferred method of Amazon. This approach makes best use of the available space and generates less mistakes. When Amazon started using this, they reportedly were able to store twice as many items in the same space as as before. Continue reading Storage Strategies – Random Chaotic and ABC

Storage Strategies – Fixed Location

Hospital SupermarketIn my last post I looked at different ways to store material. This post is a continuation, looking at where to put materials. I want to give an overview of the different options to help you choose one that is suitable for your situation. This first post looks at storage with fixed locations, and why this is usually not so hot. Continue reading Storage Strategies – Fixed Location