Even though it seems at times that neither men nor women can figure out what to do about the imbalance in the automotive industry,
Here are some action-ables until the next posting about the problem.
If the industry wants to attract and retain a gender-diverse workforce, it should realign its cultural norms to make them more conducive for all;
Weed out the biases that discourage women from joining auto companies;
EVs are expensive because of the cost of the minerals that compose the batteries.
However, there maybe a solution.
Batteries can be recycled through smelting, direct recovery, & other means
Companies like Li-Cycle using advanced recycling technologies to recover up to 100 % of lithium.
Effort is to use old batteries to provide new products & services & to use recycled EV batteries to make new batteries.
Land management is a constant challenge to communities, areas, and governmental states.
Hawaii and the Island of Molokai is no exception
What seemed to a Godsend to Hawaiian people was the Homestead Act.
The ideas of giving native Hawaiian acreage to grow crops and food for themselves was needed,
However, pineapple companies, bureaucracy, and leadership intervened & brought neglect & inaction,
Access to Water & it management is becoming a central issue as Climate Change & Local Crop production increases.
Water districts, local governments, & agricultural jurisdictions are going to be more critical as dependency on water supply grows.Reverse osmosis uses a high pressure to separate water molecules from the seawater-side of a chamber.
Water then flows through a membrane to the freshwater-water side.
New programs are kickstarting a movement. Investors are seeking to make desalination a viable option.
The Islands of Hawaii including Molokai are considering developing desalination plants & sourcing for communities.
In spite of sustained recycling processes, only about 50% of plastic bottles, bags, and packaging are be recycled.
This means that there are plastic product that are not be recycled for various reasons.
There is an almost urgent need for new technology, investment, and governmental focus on recycling and reuse of plastics and other materials
Fresh vegetables delivered to your door. That’s what a new app does for COVID bound produce shoppers.
The leading provider an apparent national strategy of delivering fresh vegetables to customer doors is CropSwap.com.
The app offers local produce in an easy ordering and convenient delivery service in major cities.
Customers can arrange subscription or regular deliveries while growers post their produce offerings online.
Nearby farms arrange pickup and delivery service & the app has routing feature for delivery drivers.
Produce will be delivered within 12 hours of the order.
This report from an internationally known & respected publisher-editor spells out the current position of global logistics.
While Technology is very important it seems that all logistics companies are quite behind on technology.
The content of this report should cause global logistics management to have a wake up call.
U.S. Tech Companies are allowing China is gain Tech advantage.
Eric Schmidt, former Google leader, says we, the U.S. or they “dropped” the ball.
Companies have not funded basic research & are focused on their size, market, and regulation.
U.S. must allocate and provide more funding for more technology.
Allow international talent with high skills into the country.
Stop blocking Chinese tech companies
Being an effective communicator on all platforms and formats is a must in this time of disruption and survival.
This goes for even the email & text we send but really important on Zoom and on the phone.
You may have seen and followed daily the impactful presentations Andrew Cuomo made during the pandemic crisis in New York
Here are three of the basic guidelines that Cuomo mobilized to hold, inform, and even dazzle us each day of his reporting.
Not cool. Air Conditioners do not seem to be able to keep up with rising temperatures and climate change.
Air conditioners are contributing to rolling blackouts as use of Solar & Wind increases.
There is a serious lack of electric power generation on the grid causing concern.
Use of solar & wind will steadily reduces indirect greenhouse-gas emissions generated by air-conditioning units.
Developing smart grids could help electricity systems deal with the peaked demand.
Will there ever be any national legislation to reform horse racing?
McConnell just re-intro’d SB 1820 as new Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act.
Apparently, the sponsors of HR 1754 in the House are on board with new proposed act.
Proposes an independent Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority.
Governed by a nine-member board- Non-racing people, owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, tracks, veterinarians & state racing commissions.
Appears Senate bill has less restrictive provisions than HR 1754 reflecting Churchill Downs and McConnell contributor concerns.
A B Corp seeks to use a business model as a force for good including reform of Capitalism.
Objectives take into account & prioritizes the needs of employees as stakeholders.
B Corp companies recognize the combined purpose & profit considerations.
The success of bringing large corporations into the B Corp Movement gave the certification credibility and acknowledgement of effort to do good.
The auto industry has and still is finding it difficult to deal with issues of women & race.
Women of color and women in general continue to struggle for empowerment & identity in the Automotive Industry.
There is still an imbalance in industry leadership, management, and ownership.
Highest ranked women of color in the industry leaving GM dramatizes the need for nonwhite women to lift themselves up & find open doors
No Robots in the UAW Yet But Robots are paying their dues.
Robots at Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant are performing tasks that point to future of automation & hopes of saving money.
Agility Inc’s robot, Digi, is then delivering packages out of a Ford van built by Boston Dynamics Two Robots.
Distributing and delivering goods is likely to be an important application for walking robots.
You talking to me? The way men and women talk to each other is a problem & a challenge.
The use of gendered language by males perpetuates workplaces that favor men.
This language needs to change because the needs of those who use it have changed.
Using gender inclusive language like “they” instead of “he” or “her” is a major step toward inclusion
It is being more and more challenging to recycle plastic as business model.
Much of the plastic dropped in recycling bins isn’t being recycled.
The price of plastic has gone down.. Markets are depressed.
Landfills are filling up with plastic materials along other waste.
Good news is–waste companies are using machine learning to sort plastic from trash.
Goods and Services are coming to home, COVID 19 has impacted going to stores and service providers
The Home Services Market is huge at $600B and the demand is increasing.
Consumers have become even more empowered simply by using cell phones & the Internet.
Amazon leads at least 6 other competitors as market surges.
Whole industries and all those in logistics management who move goods and products should absorb these Ten Lessons.
This insightful and seasoned distillation of the realities of logistics and supply management is a must read.
In fact, the list should be saved, printed out, and posted on your office wall. And acted upon in mass.
These guidelines were shaped, positioned, and documented by the respected Louis Yiakoumi, Founder & Publisher of Auto Logistics Group.
Google about to loose its Cookies.
Ad buyers are not thrilled about Google Chrome’s decision, made under pressure.
Represents Breakup of Googles ad tech business;
Rising numbers of people are pushing to ban behavioral advertising entirely
Now we have a Third-generation language prediction model that “writes” text.
Some say with amazing comprehension & inclusion of content; Others are skeptical & don’t trust output.
Suggestion is that with the next version of GPT-3, the imperfections and a algorithmic errors will be nil.
System GPT-3 learns text & how people use words in relation to other words. Many blown away.
Don’t defund Police budget, Instead combine police, fire, and public safety department.
Call the new integrated civic protection group. “Public Safety”.
Best example of how this would work is Sunnyvale, CA Dept of Public Safety.
Provides 3 services; Fire, police & emergency medical services.
Here are 18 “Laws of Certainty” that we all have experienced at one time another.
Interesting to note is that each “law” seems to have a message or even a moral.
In spite of all the certainties, we seem to survive & become better despite ourselves.
Smile and go “Oh Ya.” -in a Time of Uncertainty.
You gonna share the sidewalk with Robot? The way or no way,
A lot seems to depend on City government collaboration & regulation.
Cities & Robot makers working to find the benefits & applications.
Allowing the bots to work on the streets along with scooters and ride hailing.
Kiwibots delivery bots are seeking to adapt to the needs of customers and city regulators.
Is the Automotive Dealer Business Model in peril?
Are changes in the way vehicles are being sold, the Pandemic, & technology signaling demise?
Dealers need to discuss how to adapt to an uncertain future where they will not have franchise protection.
Many say there is an urgent need to gather the industry leaders at or before NADA & come up with solutions.
Honest discussion & decisions based on either truly adapting & listening to the customers OR– simply selling out.
Some considering a Total Vehicle Management Offering that manages every aspect of consumer vehicles utilization.
It is hard. Not to yell or confront someone who being a jerk about COVID19 or any situation.
The best thing to do is not to engage– and if you must do so carefully and in private.
You can make your point and maybe even prompt this person to change their behavior.
Be cool.-and you will feel better afterwards. Be thankful that you did it right.