Category: Supply Chain Risk Management

Temporary Cease Fire in the Ongoing Trade War Among the U.S. and China Brings Added Challenges

At the G-20 Economic Summit held late last week, the anticipated summit meeting among U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping resulted in essentially a temporary cease fire in additional tariff actions.

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Apple Indeed Assessing Some Movement of Production from China

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights of more definitive reports indicating that Apple’s is indeed assessing a shift of some of its iPhone and other consumer electronics manufacturing out of China. The effort appears in an assessment phase for upwards of 30 percent of current production, and if consummated could result in a permanent shifting of some manufacturing sourcing.

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Paris Air Show Front and Center for the Aerospace Industry with Boeing Facing More Scrutiny and Brand Damage

With the Paris Air Show occurring this week, the commercial aerospace industry and its two dominants, Airbus and Boeing, the bi-annual event provides opportunity to tout the latest achievements in new aircraft and business services capabilities. Instead for Boeing, this will be an event where damage control remains prominent and where design and supply network challenges are becoming far too visible.

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Foxconn Discloses Contingency Production Sourcing Readiness for High Tech Products

According to a published report, Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s prime contract manufacturer is ready to shift production out of China if becomes necessary. The revelation came in the contract manufacturer’s first-ever investor meeting and conference call.

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Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Reaches State of Contraction

With the bulk of May 2019 global-wide production and Supply Chain activity indices now being reported, May 2019 represented crossing the threshold to an overall level of contraction.

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Trump Administration’s Sudden Actions to Initiate Retaliatory Tariffs on Mexico Imports is Unprecedented and Concerning

President Trump indicated last night, without adequate formal warning, that he intends to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning on June 10. Make no mistake, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, this latest development, without some form of rationalization has serious implications for global trade and for global based supply and customer demand networks.

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Escalation of Global Trade Conflict or Weaponization of High-Tech Supply and Demand Networks? – Organizations Need to Assess

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides editorial commentary on the growing consensus that the escalation of U.S. and China trade conflicts has turned to a weaponization of high tech supply and customer demand networks.

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Strategic Move to Protect a Technology and its Supply Network

In early April, global automotive manufacturer Toyota indicated that it would offer free access to the company’s hybrid gasoline-electric patents through the year 2030. The move is a strategic effort to influence the market and protect the supply network.

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Q1 Financial Performance Reports: Added Evidence of Multi-Industry Global Supply Chain Slowdown

As multiple businesses report first quarter financial performance, evidence continues to mount that multiple industry supply chains, from autos to high-tech, are now being increasingly challenged by a global slowdown and bloating inventories.

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