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Point of View Commentary: Techies vs. Brokers in Global Transportation and What Will Likely Change

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The following is a Supply Chain Matters blog guest commentary contributed by Cory Margand, Co-Founder and CEO of SimpliShip.com, an online marketplace connecting international shippers directly with qualified, dedicated NVOCC’s and freight forwarders. We feature this point-of-view guest commentary as a sidebar to our 2017 Prediction of continued global transportation industry turbulence.   The title […]


Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Five: Continued Global Transportation Industry-wide Turbulence

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The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […]


Product and Quality Management Take on More Difficult Dimensions

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Our ongoing Supply Chain Matters commentaries regarding certain product design flaws, quality conformance shortfalls and subsequent efforts at covering-up such flaws have drawn similar takeaways, but it now appears that the stakes are growing far higher. In the case of the diesel engine emissions manipulation scandal involving Volkswagen, the financial, legal and brand impact implications […]


A New Round of Reported Job Cuts at Wal-Mart- Part of a Singular Leadership Model Directed at Integrated Online and Store Customer Fulfillment

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Last week, word began to leak out that global retailer Wal-Mart was planning to cut nearly 1,000 corporate jobs before the end of this month, the close of the retailer’s fiscal year. These cuts are in addition to previous job cuts announced in 2016. Part of this effort is to continue to streamline and centralize […]


Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Four: Increased Anti-Trade Geopolitical Forces Provide Added Global Sourcing Challenges

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The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […]


Airbus and Boeing Report 2016 Year-End Operational Performance Amid an Industry Inflection Point

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Once again, both Airbus and Boeing declared that they each exceeded operational performance targets in 2016 but the numbers would indicate an industry inflection point is at-hand, one that has implications for the collective industry supply chain ecosystem for the next several years.  Airbus Airbus announced the delivery of 688 completed commercial airliners among 82 […]


Deep Dive on 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Prediction Three: A Supply Chain Talent Perfect Storm

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The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […]


Deep Dive on 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Prediction Two: A Challenging Year in Procurement

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The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […]


Phoenix Rising from the Ashes- Samsung Suddenly Moves from Damaging Product Recall to Profit Milestone in a Single Quarter

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In May of 2012, in our commentaries related to high-tech and consumer electronics industry, Supply Chain Matters coined the analogy of the shiny apple and the complex orange. It related to that of Apple and Samsung and their competitive battles in the smartphone market. The analogy drawn was that the shiny apple, which distinctively sits […]


2017 Predictions- The 3M Perspective on the Need for Bimodal Supply Chain Capabilities

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In preparing our overall 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, and specifically our prior posting, Prediction One- What to Expect in Global Economic Activity, we had the opportunity to speak with both industry, supply chain and technology executives to gain current perspectives of what supply chains should anticipate in the coming months and […]


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