GE Transportation, a division of General Electric, along with California’s Port of Long Beach, announced a pilot initiative to collect broader amounts of information related to inbound ocean container shipments. Supply Chain Matters spoke directly with Jennifer Schopfer, Vice President and General Manager of Transport Logistics for GE Transportation regarding this latest announcement as-well as the broader directions involved in this effort.
Volkswagen AG announced this week that the global automaker will invest an additional $340 million in its existing vehicle manufacturing and assembly plant located in Chattanooga Tennessee. Such added investments place more dependency on the successful outcome of ongoing NAFTA trade talks.
Supply Chain Matters alerts readers to growing speculation that the Trump Administration is seeking to impose tariffs on upwards of $30-$60 billion of Chinese imports. Such tariff actions should trike immediate alarm bells for technology and other industry supply chains.
Supply Chain Matters highlights a front-page published report from The Wall Street Journal indicating that Tesla faces intensified cash pressures if Model 3 production cannot meet current scale-up plans.
Supply Chain Matters highlights a related development to our prior published blog: Volkswagen Reiterates Aggressive Electric Automobile Production Plans. That development is continued efforts by China based battery producers to secure longer-term supplies of all-important cobalt, an essential metal required in the design and production of rechargeable batteries.
Volkswagen AG held its Annual Media Conference in Berlin this week and took the opportunity to reiterate the auto maker’s intention to expand the availability and production of electric powered vehicles globally on a massive scale. The industry implications of global scale and manufacturing savviness are about to confront the first-mover.
Some new significant information has become known regarding the Amazon and Whole Foods integration plans, information that provides additional indicators of the integrated retail strategy that will unfold over the coming months.
In the light of very tight capacity and consequent exploding trucking transportation costs across the United States, February economic data and new trade developments brings good news, not so good news perspectives to the current challenge.
Supply Chain Matters highlights yet another logistics and supply chain technology platform provider being acquired by private equity firms. CommerceHub provides a distributed commerce B2B Business Network connecting supply, demand and delivery helping retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery.
Supply Chain Matters brings visibility to when supplier-customer stakeholder interests collide- specifically Tesla and rechargeable battery supplier Panasonic.
Supply Chain Matters calls specific reader attention to a very insightful blog posting from Canadian based recruiter Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting.
Supply Chain Matters highlights the postscript of the October 2017 manufacturing quality falsification scandal involving Japan based Kobe Steel. This week came the resignation of this manufacturer’s CEO, along with resignation of five other executives including the head of the firm’s aluminum and copper division.
This week, SAP Ariba is conducting its annual SAP Ariba Live customer conference One of this conference’s key messaging themes of this year’s session is a perspective of how this technology provider views the future of procurement, and how B2B Business Network capability can be affordably offered to up and coming mid-market companies.
Supply Chain consulting firm Chainalytics and maritime research and consulting services firm Drewry, have jointly partnered to launch what is being described as an innovative ocean freight procurement service for mid-market shippers.