The Daily Populous

Saturday February 4th, 2023 evening edition

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For example, a vast web of suppliers participate in Walmart’s supply chains, with over 20,000 located in China alone.

The Vulnerabilities and Downsides of Global Supply Chains.

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically highlighted the underlying vulnerabilities of global supply chains.

In addition, the recent pandemic was only the tip of the iceberg, showing that global supply chains are fragile and potentially exposed to even more critical shocks.

Beyond cyber-attacks, accidents can also have disastrous impacts on the smooth and timely—or ‘just-in-time’—operations of global supply chains.

And last but not least, the rapid development of digitization and the associated technological revolution will certainly have an impact on global supply chains too.

6 Robert C. Bird et al., ‘From Suspicion to Sustainability in Global Supply Chains’, Texas A&M Law Review, 7 (2020), 384–388. »

A Chick-fil-A restaurant's traffic got so bad that city officials ordered it to be demolished and plan to build a new drive-thru-only location

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One city recently ordered the chain to demolish and rebuild a restaurant to address traffic woes.

Chick-fil-A's snaking drive-thru lines, which frequently spill into city streets, are notorious throughout the US.

In one North Carolina city, the problem is so vexing – and potentially dangerous to pedestrians – local officials ordered the chain to demo the restaurant and start over. »

How a Chinese Spy Balloon Blew Up a Key U.S. Diplomatic Trip

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There’s no Chinese balloon pilot who can be produced here, but some of the consequences may depend on how the balloon is brought down.

One U.S. official stated that Blinken’s visit was postponed, not canceled, and that Blinken didn’t want the balloon to dominate talks.

Clarification, Feb. 3, 2023: This article has been updated to clearly distinguish between the size of the balloon and its payload. »

Michigan woman who walks to work finds $15K in plastic bag, returns it to police

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As she was walking up to the building, she saw a plastic bag on the ground and inside the bag she could see piles of money.

Although she was in need of a vehicle-- her car broke down last year -- Gordon contacted police and returned the money immediately.

Once the $25,000 goal is met, the campaign is going to work with a local car dealer to purchase Gordon’s new car. »