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Ocean Container Truck Chassis Scheduling Remains a Challenge for U.S. Ports


Supply Chain Matters calls reader attention to an added backdrop to the State of U.S. Logistics during 2014, specifically continuing ocean container shipping challenges. Robert Bowman, Editor at SupplyChainBrain penned an article, Searching for a Solution to Chassis Management.  The article observes that in a bid to cut costs and focus on the construction and […]

The State of U.S. Logistics Remains Concerning and Requires Attentiveness


The following Supply Chain Matters commentary is our annual reflection on the Annual State of U.S. Logistics Report. Normally, our postings typically average 350-400 words of blog content for reader benefit. Rather, this is a longer length advisory report to educate our readers that will be also be made available for separate complimentary downloading in […]

Significant Merger of Supermarket Chains has Implications for Consumer Product Goods Supply Chains


This week’s announcement of the planned merger of European based retail supermarket market chains Royal Ahold and Delhaize Group has implications for consumer product goods supply chains. This proposed combination would amount to €29 billion in total revenues and in excess of 6000 retail stores with what are described as strong local identities. It further […]

Reflecting on Supplier Management Practices Related to the Apple Watch


In our prior Supply Chain Matters commentary concerning Sharp Corporation, we reiterated the two sides of supplier based relationships involving the most recognized supply chain, that being Apple.  On the one hand, being chosen as an Apple supplier can provide enormous scale, global reach and financial rewards.  However, Apple is a demanding customer with unique […]

The Implications of Sharp Corporation’s Ongoing Financial Crisis


Supply Chain Matters has featured several prior commentaries specifically related to Sharp Corporation, one of three current liquid crystal display (LCD) screen suppliers in Apple’s supply chain. Sharp has a track record of innovation in LCD technology but a rather rocky financial history as well. Our last commentary in early April, Perils of an Apple […]

Penn State Launches Online Boot Camp to Address Supply Chain Skill Needs


As reflected by many of our prior Supply Chain Matters commentaries, there is a talent management crisis across multi-industry supply chain management communities. The crisis arrived in the environment where the urgency for end-to-end supply chain visibility and informed decision-making has reached a peak requirement. At the same time, the wave of highly experienced baby […]

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