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Chinese Branded Railway Cars Appearing in Major U.S. Cities- The Momentum Has Increased

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In October of 2014 we alerted Supply Chain Matters readers to what we thought was a noteworthy milestone development, namely Chinese designed and branded railway cars appearing in a U.S. subway system. The headline back then was that the State of Massachusetts Department of Transportation selected China’s state-owned CNR Corp. for the replacement and delivery […]


Tesla’s Ongoing Financial, Operational and Supply Chain Growing Pains

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As Tesla ramps-up supply chain and production of the new Model 3, financial, operational and supply chain growing pains are evident.


Multiple Reports Concerning Amazon Acquisition of Souq.com

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In Prediction Eight of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, we predicted that Amazon and Alibaba will aggressively continue to deploy strategies directed at global online buying platform dominance, but will remain cautious to perceptions of outright head-to-head competitors. We anticipated that India, other parts of Asia and perhaps the Middle East […]


Rapidly Changing Skills and Requirements in Procurement- Consider Attending ISM 2017

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Included in our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains (Available for complimentary downloading in our Supply Chain Matters Research Center), there are two specific predictions that will directly impact various industry supply chain sourcing and procurement professionals in the coming months. We predict that the role of the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) will […]


A Statement That Evokes Special Concerns and Actions Within Retail Supply Chains

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Earlier this week, Sears Holdings, operator of Sears and Kmart branded retail stores in issuing what is termed a “going-concern” warning to the company’s investors, evoked special, and added concerns among its supply chain partners. In its annual report, the retailer indicated “substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going […]


Additional Report Indicating Apple to Begin Manufacturing iPhones in India

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In late January, Supply Chain Matters called attention to a published report by The Wall Street Journal, citing local government sources, indicating that global smartphone and consumer electronics provider Apple was nearing a deal to manufacture its products locally in India.  The Wall Street Journal is now reporting (Paid subscription required) that production could begin […]


Technology Addressing the Convergence of Internet of Things and Smart Manufacturing Deployments

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As a follow-up to Supply Chain Matters recent attendance and coverage of this year’s Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference, we wanted to specifically follow-up on some sessions that addressed Internet of Things (IoT) enablement of future smart manufacturing, supply chain and service management business processes.  Noted in many of our prior blog commentaries related […]


Even Newer Innovations in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Emerge

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In his latest book, Thank You for Being Late, An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize author Thomas Friedman brings forward the exponential wave of business innovation and computing technology that surrounds all of us today, what he terms as the “supernova” of forces. […]


Subpoenas Served on Ocean Container Shipping Line Executives

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The Wall Street Journal reported today (Paid subscription required) that U.S. Justice Department investigators crashed an industry Box Club meeting held last week among 20 ocean container shipping firms and served subpoenas to top executives of several lines. According to the report, people cited as familiar with the investigation indicated that many of the CEO’s […]


The Implications of Brexit Grow Near but So Far for Industry Supply Chains

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In a published Supply Chain Matters commentary in late June of last year, we explored our initial perspectives of the new term in geopolitical events, that of Brexit. By voting to exit the European Union, the British electorate set off a series of events that many continue to describe as unprecedented.  The most cited analogy […]


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