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MACDONALDS (3P) LOGISTICS : Failure is Not an Option ( Questions and Answers with Brian Hancock ) ....

July 2012 | Feature Stories





By Lisa H. Harrington





As the world's largest distributor of products to the world's largest restaurant company, Martin-Brower is under extreme pressure to deliver to McDonald's accurately, on time, every time. Inbound Logistics met with Brian Hancock, president, North America, for Martin-Brower, to discuss the unique supply chain supporting the Golden Arches.








When you enter a McDonald's, you never question whether it will have hamburgers, French fries, or anything else on the menu. 



It just does. Always.




That's because McDonald's has one of the most sophisticated supply chains in the quick service business. The Martin-Brower Company LLC, under the leadership of Brian Hancock, president, North America, delivers product to nearly all 15,000 McDonald's restaurants in North America.








By his own account, Hancock has had a "great" career in supply chain management. "I've been fortunate to work in very different types of sup…

NARCOTRAFICO : Jefe del cartel de los Soles inaugura Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Drogas de la ONA ...

by @DolarToday - May 24, 2013 in Noticias






El conocido jefe del Cartel de los Soles general Miguel Rodríguez Torres, encabezó el acto de inauguración del Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Drogas de la ONA, ubicado en Altamira, a fin de “fomentar la formación del talento humano que dedica su vida a esta lucha”.






El general explicó que el centro de estudios, “nace con la finalidad de fomentar la formación del talento humano que dedica su vida a esta lucha, no solamente en el tema de investigación contra el narcotráfico, sino también en el tema preventivo”.



“El fenómeno del narcotráfico es complejo, tiene múltiples aristas por eso se necesitan especialistas para poder enfrentarlo en todos los ámbitos”, destacó.








Del mismo modo, agregó que en dicha casa de estudios -antigua propiedad de un narcotraficante- se imparten cursos especializados a nueve invitados procedentes de Bolivia, Brasil, Ecuador, Colombia y Argentina sobre todo lo referente al narcotráfico y a la prevención. Este programa se real…

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : Punta Cana hosts 10th annual International Mango Symposium June 6-9 ...

Economy - 24 May 2013, 12:37 PM









Santo Domingo. - The country will host the 10th International Mango Symposium from June 6 to 9 in Bavaro, Punta Cana (east), where representatives from 30 countries already confirmed attendance.



The event is expected to draw international attention to Dominican Republic’s mango production, with exports to US$7.5 million, with Europe as the main destination.






Agriculture minister Luis Ramon Rodriguez announced the activity in a press conference at his offices Friday, adding that this year’s annual Expo Mango is slated for Bani, Peravia Province, staring June 6.




http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/economy/2013/5/24/47744/Punta-Cana-hosts-10th-annual-International-Mango-Symposium-June-6-9

Republica Dominicana exportó mangos en 2012 por un monto US$7.5 MM; anuncian Expo-Mango 2013

24/5/2013


Celebrarán simposio internacional













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SANTO DOMINGO.- El ministro de Agricultura, ingeniero Luis Ramón Rodríguez Peña, anunció este viernes la celebración en el país del X Simposio Internacional del Mango y la Expo Mango 2013, eventos que se desarrollarán en Punta Cana, Bávaro, y en Baní, respectivamente.






Rodríguez Peña, quien hizo el anuncio de la celebración de ambos eventos en el país, informó que las exportaciones de la fruta tropical se han venido incrementando en los últimos tiempos, precisando que el pasado año reportó al país divisas por un monto de US$7.5 millones.





Afirmó que de acuerdo a estimaciones hechas por el Clúster del Mango Dominicano (PROMANGO), se espera que en el 2013 el país reciba por las exportaciones de dicha fruta alrededor de US$9.0 millones.






Explicó que la feria del mango se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de Baní a partir del jueves 6 de junio, con la participación de productores y empresas comercializadoras de todo el país, quienes expondrán la …

ENVIRONMENTAL RECOVERY : 19-Year-Old Develops Cleanup Array To Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From Oceans

April 19, 2013 by Joe Martino





Another young creative mind working towards bettering our world.



 19-year-old Boyan Slat has revealed his plans to the world regarding his Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. 




The revolutionary device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. 




Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. 




The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.




It all began when Boyan Slat launched a project that analyzed the size and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches.




 He produced a paper of his findings which went on to win several prizes, including Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. 



Boyan also had the op…

MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : Knights Templar Fill Familia's Shoes in Michoacan ...

Written by Geoffrey Ramsey

Monday, 05 November 2012

A shrine to Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, depicted in crusader's garb








The Knights Templar appear to have evolved from a mere splinter group of the Familia Michoacana to assuming control of the latter's powerhouse in Michoacan, paying for community works and effectively becoming the de facto authority in some parts of the state.









The 3,000 members of Mexico's 51st Battalion in the western Michoacan city of Apatzingan who are tasked with monitoring the western Tierra Caliente Valley, cannot leave any of the five exits of their base to go on patrol without lookouts who work with the Knights Templar reporting their movements via radio. 



According to an investigative report by the Associated Press, which spent two days with the military unit, the area is almost entirely under the control of the criminal group.







Military personnel there, the AP reports, carry two radios while on patrol: one to communicate with each other, and another to ove…

La penetración de la Inteligencia Cubana en Venezuela (I Parte) - América TeVé & (II Parte)

Sorprendentes revelaciones: Mario Silva intentó asesinar a Leopoldo Castillo

by @DolarToday - May 19, 2013







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II Parte









http://dolartoday.com/video/sorprendentes-revelaciones/


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MAERSK PRESENTS AVS: AUTOMATIC VENTILATION SYSTEM ....

Watch the video:



http://www.mcicontainers.com/Products/ReeferMachines/Pages/AV+.aspx?sf13084692=1


AV+ (Automatic Ventilation) is the correct way to accurately control fresh-air ventilation in reefers. 





By using a CO2 sensor, the technology that powers AV+ monitors the natural respiration of produce inside the reefer. 



Based on preselected settings, the AV+ module automatically opens and closes to reach and maintain safe CO2 or O2 levels. 


This minimises the risks of over-ventilation with warm ambient air and ensures that produce enjoys optimum care during transportation, which can delay ripening.





The added benefit of automatic control is improved energy efficiency, as far less warm, humid air enters the container. Less air needing to be cooled = less energy consumed = energy cost and carbon footprint reduction.










A test with bananas has shown that AV+ allows only the correct amount of CO2 to build up in the reefer, avoiding unwanted high CO2 levels. With fixed air ventilation, there is a signi…

PHILIPPINES : Resilient mango weathers storms, costs and prices

DANESSA O. RIVERA



GMA News


May 21, 2013 9:49am








Beset by harsh weather conditions, high cost of production and low market prices, mango has remained a resilient fruit crop and the third in terms of export volume and value next to banana and pineapple.





Production has been up and down in the last four years, largely because of rains and storms that pummel the Philippines year in, year out.








“Mango production dropped by 2.57% in 2012,” said Jennifer Remoquillo, national coordinator of the Department of Agriculture's High Value Crops Development Program. “The early rain showers during the flowering stage in the first half of the year and Habagat in the second half of the year in Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley and Bulacan province constrained the development of fruits,” she said.






Production was down to 767,851 metric tons (MT) in 2012, from 788,074 MT in 2011, government data showed. In 2010, output reached 825,676 MT from 771,441 MT in 2009 from 884,011 MT in 2008, and from 1,023,907 MT …