There have been some new announcements regarding new investment monies flowing into technology firms addressing various supply chain management business process and decision-making needs. These announcements continue to reinforce the current attractiveness of logistics, procurement and supply chain management decision-making technology among the broad investment and private equity community.
Fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken was forced to temporarily close most of its UK outlets after widespread shortages of chicken product occurred. Upwards of 550 outlets were impacted, forcing British media to coin the headline, “KFC Crisis” and some consumers to call their local emergency services office to complain of a chicken food shortage.
Airbus reported 2017 full-year financial results indicating the pan-European global aerospace company overachieved on all key performance indicators. Operational performance was especially noted in the final Q4 quarter and the outlook for 2018 implies a very critical dependency on two aircraft engine providers.
Global retailer Walmart reported financial performance for the all-important 2017 holiday fulfillment period and fiscal 2018 and investors were not pleased. Today’s news is yet another indicator of the high growth expectations being placed on online retailers, and the continued challenges in transitioning to a combined online and physical retail fulfillment presence.
Supply Chain Matters is very pleased to announce to our readers that Vanguard Software Corporation is our newest Named Sponsor.
Multi-industry supply chains are experiencing the most robust activity experienced in seven years. At the same time, many that are experienced in boom and bust cycles know all too-well that periods of rapid business expansion bring lots of operational challenges as well as strategic risks, namely that teams take their eye away from very important tactical and strategic transformational imperatives.
Supply Chain Matters shares some Wall Street focused drama that has occurred in the supply chain management B2B Business Network technology area. This is, to state the least, something somewhat usual to occur in supply chain tech, but then again, the market is hot and times, they are a changing.
The parent of the largest global ocean container shipping line, A.P. Moeller Maersk has reported Q4-2017 and full-year 2017 financial performance. The global firm’s CEO characterized 2017 as “an unusual and eventful year” and lamented to business media that global ocean container shipping rates are still too low.
Airbus warned certain airlines of a more concerning problem related to the new Pratt & Whitney geared-turbo-fan (GTF) engines powering both the Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft. The current development has two meaningful industry supply chain disruption implications.
The likely first initiative for integrating the online and physical store merchandising, inventory management and customer fulfillment capabilities involved in the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods Market began to unfold this week.
The Wall Street Journal reported, citing informed sources, that Amazon is preparing to launch a parcel delivery service that would position the online retailer to compete directly with FedEx and UPS. Readers of the Supply Chain Matters blog should not at-all be surprised by today’s announcement.
The Supply Chain Matters blog provides continuing coverage of the 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference. Part Five provides summary highlights and impressions for this year’s event.
Supply Chain Matters highlights another important announcement in the Class 8 heavy duty truck market, namely that Nikola Motor Company announced plans to construct a $1 billion manufacturing hub to produce hybrid battery and HFC powered Class 8 trucks.
Supply Chain Matters highlights interview with the CEO of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology provider Plug Power Inc. and the future of HFC technology in areas of logistics and transportation.
A Supply Chain Matters Guest Blog Contributed by Zycus Inc.- Top Four Challenges for Chief Procurement Officers in 2018.