Year of the Dragon breathes fire into 2012

Year of the Dragon breathes fire into 2012

by Marly Hazen McQuillen
23. January 2012 17:27

Dragon offers fiery debut

The strongest solar storm in 7 years is erupting. While there is little danger on Earth (or aboard the International Space Station), NASA and NOAA have cautioned that polar flights should be rerouted until the storm quiets. The storm is expected to peak on Tuesday, a.k.a. the second day of the year of the dragon.

New Year's Day may be forged in fire, but Dragon years are considered to bring luck and prosperity, so much so that a deliberate "dragon baby" boom is predicted. While "luck and prosperity" are always welcome in business, the appeal of giving birth in a dragon year is predicted to strain resources in China, such as classrooms for students of dragon age.

Global celebrations

01-23 seems like an apropos date to celebrate a new year.

Today marks the first day of the traditional week of celebration. The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is celebrated throughout East and Southeast Asia, including Singapore, home to our APAC Operations. The occasion is also commemorated worldwide.

For example, this video of local celebrations honors Memphian Wei Chen for his role in aviation.

His story is a global success: He was the first Chinese citizen to pilot a single-engine flight around the world. At the same time, he supported our local community by raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Logistics legacy

Supply Chain Dragon
Could Dragon pull the supply chain to greater prosperity?

Beyond the festivities, the international logistics community prepares for the annual impact. Factories across China close for the holiday, as Don Piper has noted.

According to China's official press agency, "China traditionally experiences a boost in production before Chinese New Year, led by greater demand for goods and services.... That greater manufacturing activity dives once the holidays begin and some 250 million factory workers return to their hometowns."

Marly M. C. Hazen is Webmaster at CTSI-Global and Editor of The Link.

Happy New Year! What do you think the global supply chain will see in the Year of the Dragon?

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