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  • Some New Realities of U.S. Corporate Tax Reforms

    The United States Congress is in the final stages of reconciling significant corporate tax reform. In this Supply Chain Matters blog we raise awareness to certain actions that may have implications for supply chain demand planning and inventory management for certain industries.

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    Tesla Garners Additional Reservations for Electric Truck

    This is a follow-up to our prior November Supply Chain Matters blog commentary: Tesla’s Electric Truck- Brilliance or More Challenge and Distraction, the unveiling of Tesla’s long-rumored Class 8 semitrailer truck. This week provides added good and not-so-good news related to this innovative new electrically-powered vehicle.

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    A Noteworthy Blockchain Technology Announcement

    This week San Francisco based blockchain and IoT Cloud platform start-up Chronicled announced achievement of 21 CFR Part 11 Certification for its latest Micro-temperature logging application. Supply Chain Matters highlights this announcement because it provides evidence that regulators are more inclined to consider NFC, Blockchain and IoT enabled technologies as part of regulated processes.

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    A Follow the Money Broken Link for Global Container Shipping Lines

    The ocean container shipping industry continues to manage its way out of an ongoing multi-year condition of too much excess shipping capacity. However, one of the prime European banks that was instrumental in financing ship acquisitions is bearing the risk and now the consequences.

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    The First Scapegoat of the 2017 Holiday Surge Customer Fulfillment Period

    Despite months and months of pre-planning, for every year-end holiday surge period, there always seems to be the few scapegoat logistics providers or retailers along the customer value-chain that endures the most scorn regarding expected vs. actual performance. This year, the first recipient in the barrel is likely UPS.

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    Global Supply Chain Activity Reaching New Highs- Pay Attention to the Caution Signs

    The November numbers are in and there is solid evidence that industry supply chains across the globe, with few exceptions, have reached significant highs in manufacturing and supply chain output levels. Industry teams are incredibly busy and optimistic in their planning for 2018. But again, Supply Chain Matters needs to call attention of the caution signposts.

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    Overcoming Friction in Purchase-to-Pay Processes

    When multi-industry procurement and accounts payable finance teams assess their overall purchase-to-pay (P2P) processes, they can often find areas of bottlenecks and friction. In many cases, the culprit is paper-based or manual-driven exception processes. Such friction leads to added inefficiencies, strained relationships and added costs from multiple areas. They often stem from classic organizational, process and technology enablement barriers.

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    Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Six

    Supply Chain Matters concludes the series for self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. In this Part Six final update, we revisit our industry-specific predictions related to B2C and Retail, Apparel and Footwear, Pharmaceutical and Drug supply chains.

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    UPS Appoints New Chief Transformation Officer

    Global parcel logistics and transportation provider UPS made a rather significant organizational announcement this week, one that Supply Chain Matters views as portending significant future changes.

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    Maersk Line Gains Final Regulatory Approval to Close Acquisition of Hamburg SuD

    This week, leading global ocean container shipping line Maersk Line announced final regulatory approval had been gained related to its planned acquisition of German based ocean container shipping line Hamburg Sud. The takeaway is that the forces for ocean transportation consolidation continue along with the influence of major lines and their current transportation consortium networks.

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