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Foundational Aspects of Supply Chain Wide Visibility

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This commentary represents the first of an ongoing Supply Chain Matters thought leadership and market education series directed at clarifying needs and requirements addressing supply chain wide visibility, which is being sponsored by LLamasoft. More and more, one of the most critical challenges cited by multi-industry supply chain teams is extended supply chain visibility.  This […]


Apple and SAP Announce Joint Development Partnership for Mobile Applications

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In our most recent Supply Chain Matters commentary related to Apple that noted the huge thud that rang across Silicon Valley, we explored potential areas of product management related areas that are now under enormous pressure to energize additional product volumes and consequent product and services revenues.  This week features an announcement of a new […]


Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore 2016- Part One

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This week, this Editor attended and spoke at QAD Explore 2016, the annual customer conference for ERP technology provider QAD. Candidly, this was my first experience attending this conference and I was impressed from a number of perspectives. This posting is one of subsequent commentaries that will explore such impressions and insights. From an ERP […]


Sober Signs of Global Transportation Structural Change

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For some time, Supply Chain Matters has brought attention to the building overcapacity situation that is occurring across global focused transportation sectors. This includes ocean container shipping as well as airfreight. As carriers continue to report on Q1 earnings performance, the scope and degree of the capacity problem becomes more evident.  A.P. Muller-Maersk, the parent […]


Some Sign of Light for Bombardier C-Series Aircraft Program Amid Ongoing Financial Challenges

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In the light of our previous posting related to Airbus and Boeing continuing to experience supply chain production scale-up challenges, we turn some attention to new news related to Bombardier’s C-Series program. For the past several years Supply Chain Matters has highlighted Bombardier’s C-Series aircraft program, particularly challenges related to gaining market attraction as a […]


Airbus and Boeing Continue to Experience Supply Chain Scale-Up Challenges

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Supply Chain Matters has previously noted signs that commercial aircraft supply chains supporting both Airbus and Boeing may indeed be faltering in their ability to scale-up current and future production volume output commitment milestones.  The first clear sign came in February when Boeing transmitted a supply chain shock wave by warning that total 2016 production […]


Next Week- Join Bob Ferrari at QAD Explore 2016

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Next week, ERP technology provider QAD will be conducting its QAD explore 2016 annual customer conference being held in Chicago.  The conference kicks-off with a welcome reception on Monday evening, May 2nd, with general sessions beginning on Tuesday May 3 thru Thursday, May 5. The conference agenda includes a number of sessions focused on specific […]


A Counter Trend- Strong Galaxy S7 Sales Lift Samsung

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In an earlier Supply Chain Matters posting, we noted that this week, Apple provided a huge thud across Silicon Valley and global equity markets. The globe’s richest and most profitable company delivered a huge financial disappointment resulting in the first quarterly sales drop in 13 years. Executives pointed to macroeconomic headwinds and a far more […]


Supply Chain Matters Q1 Newsletter Has Published

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We would like to alert our Ferrari Consulting and Research Group clients and our Supply Chain Matters readership that our Q1 2016 Newsletter has published and should be in the email inboxes of those who have subscribed. Our latest newsletter reinforces important trends brought forward by developments this past quarter. Global manufacturing and supply chain […]


Chipotle Feels the Financial Impact of its Ongoing Food Safety Crisis

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This is a Supply Chain Matters update commentary regarding Chipotle Mexican Grill, specifically efforts to address its ongoing food-safety challenge that not only threatens the restaurant chain’s value to its brand and to its investors, but on perceived quality risks in its farm to fork supply chain.   This week, the restaurant chain posted its first […]


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