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Reports that AB InBev to Cut Thousands of Jobs

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The Associated Press and other media outlets today reported that AB InBev expects to cut approximately 3 percent of its total global workforce, the equivalent of thousands of jobs, once the giant consumer goods conglomerate complete it latest $110 billion mega acquisition, that being rival beer brewer SABMiller. The AP report notes that with a […]


Announcement of China’s first Flexible Display Production Line is Significant

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A significant announcement caught our attention this week, one related to the global race for next-generation high technology development. China Daily echoed a report from China’s Xinhua news agency indicating that the country’s first flexible display production line will go into operation next year. We believe that this is a rather significant development for high […]


Lessons of the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Applied in 2016

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This week, our thoughts and prayers are with all those that have impacted by the recent significant earthquakes that have occurred in Italy, northwest of Rome. News images once again remind us of the death and destruction of such natural disasters. We trust that those affected by the latest quakes in Italy will be able […]


Wal-Mart Once Again One of the First to Respond to Natural Disaster

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Within the current case studies related to supply chain disruption and risk mitigation are how specific companies, specifically Wal-Mart and other home improvement retailers such as Home Depot were able to successfully respond to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina that struck the United States Gulf Coast region in 2005. Their response exceeded even that […]


The Newest Phase for Elongated Supplier Payments- More Aggressive Supplier Push-Back

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Of late, the trend of extending payment terms to suppliers should not be any new news to many of our Supply Chain Matters readers since such practices continue to gain multi-industry momentum. Such momentum continues because private equity firms and high powered consultants in finance now advocate and practice this tactic as a means to […]


Boeing Considers Commercial Aircraft Production Cutbacks

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Reuters reports that at an investor conference held last week, the aerospace manufacturer’s CFO indicated that will not increase 787 output and could further cut 777 product output levels unless sales of both jets improve.  Last November, a report indicated that Boeing was planning to deliver a total of 140 new 787’s to customers in […]


There is a New Phase of Online and Omni-Channel Fulfillment

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From time-to-time as developments warrant throughout the year, we publish various succinct research advisories to clients and blog readers focused on specific industry, line-of-business, functional or technology trending that warrant specific attention for both management teams and supply chain management professionals. Normally our advisories are included within regular blog posts, but when significance warrants, and […]


Report of a Potential White Knight for JDA Software

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Editors Note: This posting has been updated at Noon, August 19, to include an announcement from JDA indicating that it has completed a recapitalization of the company that involves Blackstone Group.  (See my amended Comments below)   There has reportedly been a new development regarding prior Reuters and Wall Street Journal reports regarding the potential […]


Continued Rant for Pharmaceutical and Drug Industry Supply Chains

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Supply Chain Matters has highlighted a number of supply risk and potential ingredient safety challenges impacting pharmaceutical and drug supply chains of life-critical medications and yet such challenges seem to persist, often in the same dimensions. A recent Bloomberg published article highlights the latest involving cancer-drug shortages with supply chain ingredients continuing to be sourced […]


Strategic Procurement Technology Provider BravoSolution Acquires P2P Provider Puridiom

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There was noteworthy acquisition news in the procurement software applications area last week with the announcement that BravoSolution had acquired privately-held procure-to-pay applications provider Puridiom. This transaction is further evidence to the growing importance of broader-based suites of applications as well customer attractiveness to purchasing technology that can manage broader procurement lifecycle needs that extend […]


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