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Supply Chain by the Numbers

- March 23, 2023


Supply Chain by the Numbers for March 23, 2023


Walmart Launches Drone Service; US Manufacturing Flat in February; Cyber Attack Shuts Down Major Food Distributor; Dramatic Reduction in CO2 needed by 2030, UN Report Says



That’s how much it costs to receive drone delivery for on-line orders to Walmart if they live in the Hampton Roads, VA, area. Customers within a 0.8-mile radius of the store there can request drone delivery for the extra fee. The drones are part of a system developed DroneUp, a Virginia Beach-based start-up. There are, however, limits to the service. Currently, the drones can only carry items that fit in a box about the size of a large fried chicken takeout container. The drones can carry up to 10 pounds, but for now, the flights are limited to 4 pounds in weight - not much. The drone can only deliver to single-family homes and townhouses but the Walmart and DroneUp are working on a way to expand to apartments and condominiums. Additionally, the Walmart drones don’t operate if winds climb above 22 mph, while rain and other forms of inclement weather can also ground flights. The drone also doesn’t operate at night. Walmart hopes to take the drone system nationally soon.



That is how many states are served by food distributor Ben E. Keith in the South and Southwest areas of the US, and where service to the restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other establishment has been mostly stopped from the company since Monday. Why? If appears it was part of a cyber attack. On Monday, Ft. Worth-based Ben E. Keith issued a statement saying in part that "Ben E. Keith recently detected unusual activity in our network. In response, we proactively disabled business systems to minimize risk for our business and our customers. We understand that our customers, employees, and business partners have been impacted by the outage and continue to work around the clock to fully restore our systems and operations.” Some media reports are saying it was a ransomeware attack that may have also targeted other food distributors.




That was the level of US manufacturing output in February, as was released last Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank. That compares to level of 100 in the baseline year of2017, based on the average monthly output in that year. The February level was basically flat with the 100.1 score in January, with the index moving in a very narrow range for months, though it was down 1% versus 2022. At that 100.2 mark, it means that US manufacturing output is up only 0.2% since 2017. The index remains well below the all-time high of about 108 seen in late 2007.




That is by how much global CO2 emissions must be reduced by 2030 in order to have a chance of keeping temperatures from rising no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a goal set by the UN in 2015. That according to a new report this week from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Here’s the reality: the chances of reducing CO2 emissions are about zero. Still, IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee said in a statement that the report “shows that, if we act now, we can still secure a livable sustainable future for all.” However, the report also says that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius “may now be out of reach.”

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