Chain Reaction Podcast Business Catchup Edition 10th February: From Aviation Troubles to Cocoa Cutbacks

Discover why Boeing's CEO Dave Calhoun is scrambling to uphold safety standards after a startling revelation about the 737 MAX-9 aircraft, and why your chocolate bar might soon resemble a fun-size treat rather than a full-fledged indulgence. We navigate through a stormy landscape of global supply chain conundrums, starting with Boeing's bolt blunder and how it points to a larger issue of quality control in aviation. Transitioning from the skies to the global economy, we unearth the peculiar case of deflation in China amidst a world grappling with inflation, unveiling the implications for international markets and policy makers. Meanwhile, 😀 Maersk's foresight on ship oversupply and the echoes of geopolitical strife in Gaza on oil prices round out a multifaceted discussion on market stability and the ripple effects of conflict on your wallet.

Then, step into the finance and confectionery world, where traditional banking giants are tasting the sweet potential of green energy investments. We analyze Barclay's bank's strategic pivot, mirroring moves by HSBC and others, and dissect what this means for the fossil fuel sector amidst intensifying climate concerns. The sale of Tesco Bank to Barclays for a hefty sum signals a shift in the banking terrain, and we consider how the rising cost of cocoa could mean your beloved chocolate treats may shrink in size as companies like Hershey feel the pinch. Nostalgia meets reality as we bid farewell to some of Nestlé's classics, and take a look at how Russian oil continues to trickle into the UK, revealing the intricate connections and dependencies woven into the very fabric of our global supply chains.

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About Tony Hines and the Chain Reaction Podcast – All About Supply Chain Advantage

I have been researching and writing about supply chains for over 25 years. I wrote my first book on supply chain strategies in the early 2000s. Each week we have special episodes on particular topics relating to supply chains. We have a weekly news round up every Saturday at 12 noon. All things impacting global supply chains in that week, so come and join us on the Chain Reaction podcast. I look forward to seeing you there.

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