Afternoon Coffee: Supply Chain Humans, Safety Checks for Rolls Royce, Honda Civic Now Made in USA

Human performance in the supply chain.
How to Shore Up the "People" Part of Supply-Chain Performance -- Ensuring timely and effective delivery of goods and services while managing a unique blend of internal staff, external customers, and various other stakeholders can pose significant challenges, all of which rely on the ability to effectively manage human performance. From our studies and work with numerous high-performing operations globally, we have identified several weaknesses that lead to human error; following are the top three.

A safer plane to fly.
Rolls Engines on Airbus A380s Face New Checks -- European air-safety regulators ordered another round of high-priority inspections of Rolls-Royce PLC engines on dozens of Airbus A380 aircraft, similar to checks they mandated after an engine blowout caused nearly catastrophic damage to a Qantas superjumbo in 2010. Tuesday's move by the European Aviation Safety Agency refocuses attention on the oil-distribution system inside Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 models, the same engine family that suffered an internal oil leak resulting in the high-profile accident two years ago. The engines are used only on the A380, which is made by Airbus, a unit ofEuropean Aeronautic Defence & SpaceCo.

Unpaid suppliers aren't feeling hospitable.
African Olympics pavilion closes with debts outstanding -- The hospitality centre for African nations competing in the Olympics has had to close because of unpaid debts, a spokesman has confirmed. Africa Village, set up in Kensington Gardens, west London, owes suppliers hundreds of thousands of pounds, Laurent Bagnis said. He said an exact figure was not yet known. A meeting is to be held to establish whether the venue can open later for its Tunisia Day.

Honda Civic: Now Made in the USA.
After 30 Years In U.S., Honda Achieves Full Citizenship -- Honda Motor is the most American of the Japanese carmakers, manufacturing about 85 percent of the vehicles it sells here in North American factories. But two-thirds of the models sold in the U.S. are still developed in Japan. That's been changing over time, however, as engineers at Honda's Research and Development facility in Ohio have begun to take on more responsibility. At first, they were assigned to develop different body styles of cars Japan had already engineered, like a wagon version of the Honda Accord or a coupe version of the Civic compact. Over time, they took on development of Acura models as well as light-trucks such as the Honda Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan.

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