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Nissan Sees Output Recovery Within Weeks -- Nissan Motor Co. expects to resume full production "in a matter of weeks, not months" after earthquake damage to auto-parts suppliers sent shockwaves through the global supply chain, a senior executive at the Japanese car maker said.

A new supply chain order (I love studying paradigm shifts)
High-Tech Operating Antiquated Supply Chain -- This week, the Asia correspondent of London's Financial Times, Kevin Brown, created a small ruckus by asking whether Japan's March 11 earthquake represents, not just a momentary crisis, but a paradigm shift for global suppliers. Did the disaster, by stressing the system so drastically, throw the supply chain's weaknesses into high relief? What changes might we see as a result?

Bottles/Cans = $$$$$ in Michigan. Why?
Why Is Michigan So Generous With Bottle Deposits? -- The classic Seinfeld episode "The Bottle Deposit" will be 15 years old in May. In honor of Kramer and Newman's ill-fated trip to Michigan in a mail truck full of bottles and cans they hoped to redeem for dimes, let's take a look at why Michigan's bottle deposit is so high.

Google Sets Role in Mobile Payment -- Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to people familiar with the matter.

- Sheena Moore

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