2018-05-14 2 min read


Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

  • The National Council of Occupational Safety and Health, a nonprofit which advocates for good working conditions, released its 2018 "Dirty Dozen" report on manufacturers who put employees at risk. The big names on the list are Amazon and Tesla.

Distribution & Logistics.

  • UPS and the Teamsters union are negotiating one of the largest collective bargaining deals in the US, covering 280k employees. Essentially, UPS wants multiple tiers of drivers, allowing for 7 day service without double time pay on the weekends.
  • Boeing expects the air freight market to grow, and is increasing production of 767s (from 2.5 per month to 3 per month) in 2020.
  • A review of Rachel Slade's new book, Into the Raging Sea, which chronicles the 2015 sinking of El Faro. "Unlike the authors of The Perfect Storm and other books about marine catastrophes, Slade did not have to resort to reasonable inference and guesswork about the vessel’s final moments. She was able to quote the actual words spoken on the bridge. The mundane remarks about the fetching of coffee, the complaints about the company, the jokes, the giving and taking of routine orders and the wistful asides about home, children and spouses left behind — these details paint a poignant and tragic picture of ordinary people heading to their deaths."

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


  • Public media companies buying podcast distribution apps. "Pocket Casts, widely considered to be one of the best mobile apps for podcast listening, has been acquired by a collective group that includes NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life."
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The US expended 23.24 quadrillion BTU in electricity conversion losses in 2017. From the US Energy Information Administration's Monthly Energy Review.

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