This week, business, and other media report that Apple plans to repatriate the majority of its upwards of $250 billion in cash holdings held in overseas accounts. This development has industry supply chain implications since some of this cash is reportedly destined for supply chain investments. However, Supply Chain Matters believes there are political considerations in such moves, and the company is walking a tightrope of perception.
Supply Chain Matters highlights a side panel reinforcement to our just published 2018 Predictions Deep Dive- A Shifting of Priorities for Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Tech Investments. We highlight a significant joint announcement made this week regarding the potential broader application of Blockchain technology in global shipping processes.
Supply Chain Matters provides a deep-dive perspective on the ten outlined 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains unveiled in mid-December. In this installment, we dive into 2018 Prediction Five: A Shifting of Priorities for Supply Chain Digital Transformation, Data Management, and Technology Enhanced Business Relationships.
This Supply Chain Matters blog commentary serves as a reminder to procurement as well as sales and operations planning teams that the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday begins in month. Ensure that final preparations have made with Chinese based suppliers to have an adequate supply of needed inbound inventories of manufacturing component parts, and to adjust lead-time expectations to reflect the seasonal nature of this holiday slowdown in component supplies and transport networks.
Both Airbus and Boeing declared that they each exceeded commercial aircraft net orders and operational delivery performance targets in 2017. The numbers would indicate far more evidence of an industry inflection point at-hand, one that has continued implications for the collective industry supply chain ecosystem for the next several years.
The National Retail Federation’s Annual Conference, NRF 2018, kicks-off this weekend and runs until Tuesday. Unlike last year, this year’s gathering should provide a far more optimistic perspective regarding the future of retail from a merchandising, online technology, and supply chain capability perspective.
Enterprise technology provider Oracle will be conducting its annual Modern Supply Chain Management Experience conference later this month in San Jose California. Supply Chain Matters will again provide live coverage of this event, and Editor Bob Ferrari will be in attendance as a featured speaker in two sessions.
Industry and business media report spiking shipping volumes in trucking, air freight and other transportation routings. Logistics and transportation industry teams are naturally euphoric, and view such trends with high optimism. Industry supply chain teams and shippers need to view such trends as a huge Caution sign.
Supply Chain Matters provides a deep-dive perspective on the ten outlined 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains unveiled in mid-December. In this installment, we dive into 2018 Prediction Four: Cyber Risk and Information Security Safeguarding Consuming Supply Chain Risk and Advanced Technology Investment Considerations.
Once again, a certain pharmaceutical and drug supply chain has become highly visible for shortages of critical life-saving medicine. This time, the causes relate to natural disaster, federal government response, and industry-wide manufacturing and distribution practices.
Supply Chain Matters calls reader attention to a frontpage report by The Wall Street Journal that questions whether Apple’s CEO, and the company’s supply chain, have stumbled in shipping products on-time to expected market availability.
Electric car icon manufacturer Tesla reported Q4-2017 automobile vehicle production and delivery performance this week with rather mixed messages as to overall operational and supply chain performance. That included rather disappointing news concerning the production ramp-up of the all-important, higher-volume Model 3 sedan.
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