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Survey Indicates SAP Customers are Not Yet Committed to S/4 HANA


A recent Rimini Street global survey of SAP licensees indicates reluctance to adopt S4 HANA due to lack of clear business case.

Oracle’s Fiscal FY17-Q4 and Full Year Financial Performance Garners Market Attention


Oracle reported its Fiscal Q4 and full FY17 financial performance results and the Wall Street and individual investment community seemed very pleased by what was termed as a phenomenal quarter and an impressive transition towards accelerating Cloud based revenues and margins.

The Tech Twist to the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition


Over the coming days Supply Chain Matters will feature both our own and invited guest commentaries regarding last week’s blockbuster announcement that Amazon intends to acquire the Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7 billion. In this posting, we update our readers on rather interesting added developments, to state the obvious. A report published by The […]

More Definitive News on Pending Foxconn Investment in the United States


More definite reports indicate Foxconn will make a $7 billion U.S. investment decision in July. Make no mistake that this is a very big deal for high-tech and consumer electronics supply chains, specifically Apple’s supply chain.

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk- How a Supplier Quality Management System (SQMS) Helps Minimize Supply Chain Deviations


A Supply Chain Matters guest posting from MasterControl focused on mitigating supply chain risk with the help of a supplier quality management system.

This Week’s Paris Air Show- More About Product Development and Supplier Tensions


At this week’s Paris Air Show two dominant themes appear; one being efforts by Boeing to premiere or hint of new aircraft and growing services, the other by key suppliers, exercising influence as the critical link in commercial aircraft supply chains.

UPS Holiday Delivery Surcharge Announcement Will Lead to Industry Structural Shifts

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The small parcel transportation and delivery industry, under the lead of United Parcel Service (UPS), once again elected to add yet another business challenge to online retailers. Only this time, Supply Chain Matters anticipates structural shifts in online business practices likely to occur because of this move.

Campbell Soup Elevates Role of Supply Chain Management


From time to time, Supply Chain Matters will highlight supply chain management leadership appointments that provide our readers insights into specific supply chain challenges. One we did want to highlight was a recent organizational announcement by Campbell Soup. Co., which last week promoted three internal executives into wider senior responsibilities that include membership for the […]

Ocean Container Transportation Trends Remain Dynamic


Data emanating from the global ocean container transportation area again indicates important trend shifts that industry supply chain teams need to continue to monitor. Business-as-usual assumptions related to ocean transport no longer hold credence with these market dynamics.

Can Automotive Industry Supply Chain Strategy Undergo Disruption- Perhaps Yes?


A public acknowledgement by Apple CEO Cook and other evidence indicate that automotive supply chain disruption is on the not too distant horizon. Traditional auto manufacturers and their key suppliers may be the deer in headlights if they do not move fast enough with an integrated product development and supply chain support strategy.

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