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As government urges social distancing, BMW moves up closure date to March 29

As government urges social distancing, BMW moves up closure date to March 29

Greenville News, March 26, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a very dynamic situation. We’ve had to adjust our plans accordingly. Shelter-in-place orders in individual states have disrupted the supply chain sooner than anticipated. Consequently, BMW Plant Spartanburg will close for a two-week period beginning Sunday, March 29, through Sunday, April 12. We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation very closely and adjust our plans as circumstances dictate.    

When will ‘social distancing’ end?

When will ‘social distancing’ end?

Fox Wilmington, March 26, 2020

At the Costco in Spokane Valley, Wash., the store is practicing social distancing by limiting how many customers can be in the store at one time. A line wrapped around the building Friday, March 20, 2020, but was moving so that the wait was only around 10-15 minutes. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Is America Ready for a Second Wave of Coronavirus?

Is America Ready for a Second Wave of Coronavirus?

Route Fifty, March 26, 2020

It’s not a matter of if, but when.  

That’s what disease experts are saying about a second wave of coronavirus cases, even as governments and health systems across this country are overwhelmed by a still-rising first wave of patients requiring hospital care. But the likelihood is getting more attention across the world, as other countries that are further along in their disease progression start to see the end of their initial wave of Covid-19 cases and, along with low numbers, begin loosening restrictions on movement and gatherings.

When will 'social distancing' end?

When will 'social distancing' end?

Live Science, March 25, 2020

In states and cities across the U.S., government officials have ordered residents to stay home, shelter in place and otherwise put their familiar routines "on pause" to help quell the spread of COVID-19.  

Materials Shortages in Healthcare: An Operations Management Expert’s Perspectives

Materials Shortages in Healthcare: An Operations Management Expert’s Perspectives

Healthcare Innovation, March 25, 2020

At a time when healthcare leaders are trying to work out a huge range of issues around preparations for the COVID-19 pandemic, one area of endeavor that is coming into further focus is the operations management field. Operations management professionals work in many industries, focusing on ensuring the orderly and organized functioning of supply management and of operational processes. Their professional association, the Catonsville, Md.-based  Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, or INFORMS, has been active in helping its members who are working in the healthcare industry to help their organizations prepare for what’s coming next.

The Impact of Covid-19 On Supply Chains

The Impact of Covid-19 On Supply Chains

TD Ameritrade, March 25, 2020

INFORMS President, Pinar Keskinocak, does her first live TV interview on the impact of supply chains amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Will Latin America See More Supply Chain Disruption?

Will Latin America See More Supply Chain Disruption?

The Dialogue, March 25, 2020

Chinese exports plummeted 17.2 percent in dollar terms in the first two months of the year as the Asian giant grappled with the effects of the spread of Covid-19. The coronavirus outbreak has shed light on the risks of companies relying on China as a sole source of manufactured goods, as factory closures and transportation restrictions disrupted global supply chains in sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals to electronics to auto production.

This Would Be a Really Great Moment for Food Delivery Robots

This Would Be a Really Great Moment for Food Delivery Robots

Slate, March 25, 2020

On Friday morning, Matthew Johnson-Roberson sat at his office window in Ann Arbor, Michigan, looking out at his favorite restaurant gone dark. As cities and states rush to stem the spread of the coronavirus, restaurants across the country are closing doors to eat-in diners. “The economic impact is huge,” said Johnson-Roberson, an associate professor of engineering at the University of Michigan. “I’m really worried that these restaurants aren’t going to come back.”

How Is COVID-19 Impacting Organ Transplants?

How Is COVID-19 Impacting Organ Transplants?

MDDI Online, March 25, 2020

When asked how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting patients in need of an organ transplant, Sridhar Tayur said there is good news and bad news on that front. Tayur is the Ford distinguished research chair and professor of operations management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and he has been paying close attention to the subject of organ transplants during the current crisis. 

Supply chain outlook: The timing of the slowdown

Supply chain outlook: The timing of the slowdown

MIT News, March 25, 2020

With the Covid-19 virus disrupting the global economy, what is the effect on the international supply chain? In a pair of articles, MIT News examines core supply-chain issues, in terms of affected industries and the timing of unfolding interruptions.

The Science of Panic Buying and How to Stop It

The Science of Panic Buying and How to Stop It

Psychology Today, March 24, 2020

Since the COVID-19 virus has spread through the United States, you’ve no doubt found your local stores sold out of essential items, such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and many food products.