Posts Tagged ‘Henry Ford’

  • Everyday economics and Sunday shopping productivity

    Why We Need Sunday Shopping

    Mar 25, 15 • 288 Views • No Comments

    To fuel French economic growth, productivity and employment, a controversial law will allow more Sunday shopping but the business/leisure debate continues......  [read more]

  • The everyday economics of increasing productivity.

    What UPS Learned from Henry Ford

    Dec 24, 14 • 776 Views • No Comments

    Because free shipping creates pressure on retailers to send parcels more cheaply, UPS has had to lower costs by increasing processing productivity......  [read more]

  • Robotic arm

    Mass Production: A BMW

    Jun 4, 13 • 494 Views • No Comments

    I wonder if Henry Ford would have been surprised by this 15 minute BMW factory production video tour (below). Few people, lots of robots, the process begins with a colorless shell and ends with the BMW moving off the assembly line. Slow moving and yet......  [read more]

  • World War II industrial mobilization

    Winning World War II With Numbers

    Sep 2, 12 • 541 Views • No Comments

    The year was 1940. Seeing that war might be imminent, President Roosevelt approached the president of General Motors. Wartime conversion was the issue. To become an “arsenal of democracy,” how could we produce planes instead of Pontiacs? With......  [read more]

  • Henry Ford's Model-T

    Ford Déjà Vu

    Aug 3, 12 • 386 Views • No Comments

    Responding to very different incentives, in 1908 and in 2012 Ford designed a lighter car. The first Model-T had a unique chassis. Made of a steel alloy that no other US car maker used, the Model-T was inexpensive, relatively powerful, sturdy and user......  [read more]