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  • Apple Elects to Repatriate Foreign Cash Hoard with Some Mention of Supply Chain

    This week, business, and other media report that Apple plans to repatriate the majority of its upwards of $250 billion in cash holdings held in overseas accounts. This development has industry supply chain implications since some of this cash is reportedly destined for supply chain investments. However, Supply Chain Matters believes there are political considerations in such moves, and the company is walking a tightrope of perception.

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    A Major Blockchain Announcement Involving Global Shipping

    Supply Chain Matters highlights a side panel reinforcement to our just published 2018 Predictions Deep Dive- A Shifting of Priorities for Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Tech Investments. We highlight a significant joint announcement made this week regarding the potential broader application of Blockchain technology in global shipping processes.

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    A Reminder for Chinese New Year Contingency Planning

    This Supply Chain Matters blog commentary serves as a reminder to procurement as well as sales and operations planning teams that the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday begins in month. Ensure that final preparations have made with Chinese based suppliers to have an adequate supply of needed inbound inventories of manufacturing component parts, and to adjust lead-time expectations to reflect the seasonal nature of this holiday slowdown in component supplies and transport networks.

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    Airbus and Boeing Report 2017 Year-End Sales and Operational Performance

    Both Airbus and Boeing declared that they each exceeded commercial aircraft net orders and operational delivery performance targets in 2017. The numbers would indicate far more evidence of an industry inflection point at-hand, one that has continued implications for the collective industry supply chain ecosystem for the next several years.

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    The Kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show

    The 2018 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS 2018) kicks-off this weekend in Detroit Michigan amid an industry that is undergoing various stages of supply chain transformation inflection points and risk assessment.

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    The Kickoff of NRF 2018 and the Future of Retail

    The National Retail Federation’s Annual Conference, NRF 2018, kicks-off this weekend and runs until Tuesday. Unlike last year, this year’s gathering should provide a far more optimistic perspective regarding the future of retail from a merchandising, online technology, and supply chain capability perspective.

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    Spiking Air Freight Transportation Volumes are Warning Signs

    Industry and business media report spiking shipping volumes in trucking, air freight and other transportation routings. Logistics and transportation industry teams are naturally euphoric, and view such trends with high optimism. Industry supply chain teams and shippers need to view such trends as a huge Caution sign.

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    Consider Being a Sponsor of Supply Chain Matters in 2018

    With final planning for 2018 underway, why not consider the opportunity for being a sponsor of one of the top recognized thought leadership blogs in supply chain management. Opportunities for Supply Chain Matters sponsorship in 2018 are now available.

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    Geeley Acquires $3 Billion Stake in Volvo Trucks

    China based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group agreed to acquire a majority stake in Volvo AB truck group for a reported $3.2 billion sum. The move is viewed as an ongoing push into commercial vehicle sector and global supply chain reach.

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