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A Busy and Critical Summer for the Hewlett Packard Supply Chain Ecosystem


As many of our Supply Chain Matters readers are aware, the July 4th holiday in the U.S. is a big one. Not only is it the annual celebration of U.S. liberty and independence, complete with numerous concerts, picnics and fireworks demonstrations, the holiday serves as the symbolic kickoff to summer vacation and other family-based activities. […]

Validation that Transportation Costs a Top Concern for Supply Chain Leaders


For the past three years, our Supply Chain Matters editorial commentaries related to the annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) sponsored State of Logistics survey reports have consistently expressed concern towards a persistent trend for increased logistics, transportation and inventory costs within the U.S… The latest report depicting 2014 activity and our related […]

The Implications of Wal-Mart’s Broader Fees on Suppliers


In order to boost relatively flat revenue growth among its U.S. physical retail outlets, Wal-Mart recently raised salary levels for its respective U.S. retail associates to improve customer service and responsiveness. The retailer further continues to invest heavily in its online fulfillment channel.  All of these actions provide adding pressure on margins. In April, Supply […]

Ocean Container Truck Chassis Scheduling Remains a Challenge for U.S. Ports


Supply Chain Matters calls reader attention to an added backdrop to the State of U.S. Logistics during 2014, specifically continuing ocean container shipping challenges. Robert Bowman, Editor at SupplyChainBrain penned an article, Searching for a Solution to Chassis Management.  The article observes that in a bid to cut costs and focus on the construction and […]

The State of U.S. Logistics Remains Concerning and Requires Attentiveness


The following Supply Chain Matters commentary is our annual reflection on the Annual State of U.S. Logistics Report. Normally, our postings typically average 350-400 words of blog content for reader benefit. Rather, this is a longer length advisory report to educate our readers that will be also be made available for separate complimentary downloading in […]

Significant Merger of Supermarket Chains has Implications for Consumer Product Goods Supply Chains


This week’s announcement of the planned merger of European based retail supermarket market chains Royal Ahold and Delhaize Group has implications for consumer product goods supply chains. This proposed combination would amount to €29 billion in total revenues and in excess of 6000 retail stores with what are described as strong local identities. It further […]

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