^ Court strikedown? Wait, will people get mass fired over refusing the jab soon or do we actually have a court on our side?
I agree that components will be modular, and that it will simply be a continuation of a decades long trend.They'll have to make these things modular. Actual repairs will be a thing of the past; it's going to be plug and replace. Unclamp the leg unit, disconnect the coupling cable, reconnect the coupling cable to the new leg, clamp in place. Refurbishments to be done off site if at all.
In my field of diesel engineering, we're losing the ability to repair things by taking engines apart to the grief of the older mechanics and specialists which is leading to a more modular design of engines and more computerization to operate these engines. We can't rely on operators to understand the signs of a failing engine, such as sound/vibration, exhaust color, metal dust in the filters, lube oil or coolant temperatures, etc. anymore - that is all outsourced to computers. Zoomers are getting hired as mechanics who have never used a ratchet and they have to be babysat almost constantly. I'm hearing of diesel manufacturers planning to make VR headsets (or software for them) which will recognize engine parts and label them in real time and sync it with the repair manual so these people will be able to do repairs. Basically they want to turn maintenance into a video game for zoomers (not trying to bash zoomers but that's the reality of the situation.)
I've noticed a similar thing recently. The shelves in the city grocery stores seem to be better stocked, although some shortages are happening. In the smaller towns I visit, some stores are ok, but the more acute shortages appear to be in these lower tier cities with lower tier grocery stores. I don't know if this is by design, or not. It may simply be supply v. demand issue: larger cities, with larger stores, will always get product first reality. They'll let the country folks figure it out or drive to town on the weekend. It does fit the narrative that TPTB seek to empty the countryside and fill the cities.I live in the greater Phoenix area, a freemason founded social experiment (just my opinion). They seem to be trying to shuttle people from failing states like CA into this soon to be mega city. I hadn't noticed any shortages that others had discussed and wondered if they were trying to shield this area from these problems in order to make this place more appealing. I finally noticed some shortages in the last few weeks, I drink organic grass fed milk and I noticed that those were missing on the shelves. The regular glyphosate enriched milk was in full supply it was just the good stuff that was out. Also I work at a high end grocery store and we haven't been able to get our whole chickens for our rotisserie in the last week. Do you guys think that certain areas are high priority while others are more or less abandoned?
All the best, man.Received notice today from a supplier of a 40% price increase soon. This will result in about a 16% COGS increase for the product we make from this base stock. That doesn't include any freight increases (pending) over last year's massive jump. I ate most of the freight increases last year - hopefully to build loyalty with my customers, who were locked into job contracts. Can't hold off this year.
I'll have to raise that finished product price at least 20% to cover expense, let alone make extra profit, driving my Net Margins even lower.
The real kicker - an upstream supplier of his gave notice that they are closing up their plant next week. This is a one week notice to close up what is likely at least a $20M facility! Accordingly, we'll all be rationed going forward.
Given what others are going through, I'll consider myself lucky for now.