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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

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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 […]


Zara Unveils a Strategy to Embrace and Integrate Physical and Online Presence

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Many analysts and academics in our supply chain world often point to Inditex SA and its fashion and apparel retail brand Zara as the iconic benchmark in retail supply chain agility. It seems that despite the many iteration of retail apparel industry challenges, this fast fashion focused retailer continues to demonstrate a resiliency to changing […]


Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Connected Things 2017 Conference

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This supply chain management industry analyst recently had the opportunity to attend the Connected Things 2017- Accelerating the Adoption & impact of IoT for People, Places & Things conference, sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.  This Supply Chain Matters posting shares key highlights, observations, and insights this author gained from the various sessions. […]


What’s Behind Intel’s Intent to Acquire Automotive Technology Provider Mobileye?

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In November of 2016, Supply Chain Matters called attention to the building trend of high profile technology and semiconductor firms beginning to position themselves in automotive supply chains mostly via market acquisitions. This week provided further evidence of this strategy with the headline that semiconductor giant Intel will acquire advanced vision and driver assistance technology […]


Reality Acknowledged- Amazon is a Transportation and Logistics Provider

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If readers have been keeping-up with our prior blog commentaries as well as prior predictions related to Amazon, this week’s announcement should not be of any surprise.  That announcement is that Amazon will soon deploy a set of transportation and logistics services to allow China based manufacturers and sellers to ship their inventories of products […]


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