Afternoon Coffee: Amazon to Open 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021, Apple Simplifies Supply Chain to Favor iPhone XS

Amazon is pushing its brick-and-mortar retail store AmazonGo from concept to a nationwide convenience. As Bloomberg reports, the e-commerce giant is considering a plan to open as many as 3,000 new cashierless stores in the next few years.

Apple’s Strategy 

Apple is letting its sales strategy lead a reprioritization of its supply chain, The Wall Street Journal reports. The maker of the iPhone has decided to put first the ability to produce its $1,000-plus iPhone XS and XS Max models, which will begin retailing a month before its cheaper model XR phones. This will ultimately simplify the demand forecasting, production and logistics processes for all of Apple’s smartphones, rather than trying to do everything at once.

BMW and Brexit 

Citing supply chain concerns, BMW announced Thursday it would close its Oxford factory for at least a month the first working day after Brexit on March 29, Supply Chain Dive reports. While the German automaker believes a worst-case outcome from the U.K.’s separation is “unlikely,” it felt publicly declaring a contingency plan was necessary.

Jobless Claims 

And finally, an economic update: The number of Americans filing for unemployment unexpectedly fell last week, CNBC reports, with initial claims for state unemployment benefits declining by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted level of 201,000. The number of people receiving benefits after an initial week of aid fell 55,000 to 1.645 million for the week ended Sept. 8, the lowest level since August 1973.

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