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Additional News Related to Tesla’s Gigafactory

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There has been some additional news regarding the status of electric car manufacturer Tesla Motor’s rollout of its planned gigafactory to produce its own electric cells for use in both its automobiles as well as other rechargeable battery supply needs. The Associated Press reports that Tesla has now received and sold about $20 million in […]


Volkswagen’s Initial Settlement with U.S. Regulators- More Challenges Remain

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Today marks the initial formal settlement by Volkswagen with U.S. based regulators regarding approximately 500,000 U.S. vehicle owners of two liter diesel engines as a result of the emissions cheating scandal. The financial settlement amounting to more than $15 billion, ranks as one of the highest ever incurred on an automotive manufacturer, a new industry […]


E2open Executes Another Acquisition- Orchestro

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Yesterday, E2open announced its acquisition of Orchestro, a Cloud based demand signal repository and analytics platform provider catering to Retail and CPG Industry Omni-channel business process fulfillment needs. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, which is not a surprise since E2open was taken private in February of 2015. This acquisition comes on the […]


Two Contrasting Events: Brexit and the Expanded Panama Canal Add New Dimensions for More Active Planning – Part Two

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It’s the last Monday in June and as we pen this part two Supply Chain Matters advisory commentary two major developments over these past few days are going to have a definitive long-term impact on various industry supply chains. One is the unexpected results of the referendum by voters in the United Kingdom endorsing an […]


Two Contrasting Events: Brexit and the Expanded Panama Canal Add New Dimensions for Active Planning- Part One

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It’s the last Monday in June and as we pen this advisory commentary two major developments over these past few days are going to have a definitive long-term impact on various industry supply chains. One is the unexpected results of the referendum by voters in the United Kingdom endorsing an exit from the European Union. […]


An Iteration of the IT-OT Conflict in Internet of Things Focused Tech Initiatives

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As a sidelight to our prior commentary related to GE Digital’s report of progress on Digital Industrial efforts, we call Supply Chain Matters reader attention to a recent blog posting on EDN Network. Richard Quinnell pens in his commentary, Solve the IT-OT conflict, that Internet of Things (IoT) focused developers are facing a challenge, that […]


GE Digital Provides a Report of Progress on Digital Industrial Efforts

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This week, General Electric, specifically the company’s GE Digital group, hosted a group of Wall Street equity analysts at its campus in Silicon Valley to present a report of progress. Division CEO Bill Ruh predicted that GE is delivering the winning formula in efforts to leverage industrial networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) in […]


Pay Close Attention to the Rising Costs of Online Customer Fulfillment

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   The added costs for fulfilling online orders are likely to increase over the coming months because of the current boom in overall demand for large-scale distribution and warehouse space across the United States as well as other regions. Reuters reports that real estate investment trusts (REITs) that weight their portfolios towards warehouse and distribution […]


Lumber Liquidators Terminates Sourcing of China Produced Laminate Flooring

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In February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, at the time, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America was involved in a supply chain expose.  Approaching 18 months later, the retailer continues to deal with the customer, brand and financial impacts of that disclosure. In 2015, a broadcast […]


The State of U.S. Logistics in 2015- An Acknowledgement of an Industry In-Transition

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This week, The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) with the collaboration of A.T. Kearney, published its 27th Annual State of Logistics Report©. As has been our annual custom, Supply Chain Matters provides our initial impressions of this year’s report. Before we begin, let’s take a step back.  For the past several years, we […]


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