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A Blunt Statement from Airbus’s CEO Regarding Cabin Equipment Suppliers

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In a mid-December posting, Supply Chain Matters called attention to a media report indicating that a component shortage within the commercial aerospace sector that was suspected of causing delayed shipments of brand new Airbus and Boeing airplanes. According to this Bloomberg report, France based Zodiac Aerospace, a supplier of upscale lie-flat airline seats was struggling […]


More Clear Signs of Turmoil and Changes for CPG Producers and Their Supply Chains

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The turmoil among consumer product goods focused supply chains promises to increase with the implication of today’s business media headlines concerning Nestle and Unilever. These implications relate to ongoing merger and acquisition developments and the continuing effects of foreign currency headwinds, which are negatively affecting U.S. producers while positively impacting European based firms. While speaking […]


First 3D Printed Commercial Jet Engine Part Certified for Operational Use

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This week featured a significant announcement from General Electric, namely that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified a 3D-printed manufactured part to operate within certain GE commercial jet engines. A blog commentary featured on the GE Reports site indicates that a fist-sized piece of silver metal that houses the compressor inlet temperature sensor inside […]


Report Indicates Possible Potponement of Boeing South Carolina Unionization Vote

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About a month ago, Supply Chain Matters called reader attention to reports that the largest labor union at Boeing had filed a petition with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a labor union organizing vote within the commercial aerospace producer’s North Charleston South Carolina production and final assembly facility. The move came after […]


A Shifting of Supplier Relationship Strategy for General Motors

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Supply Chain Matters has provided a series of ongoing commentaries involving fairly recent multiple industry aspects involving escalating pressures being placed on suppliers. Our commentaries have reflected on reports regarding global retailer Wal-Mart ‘s latest efforts of cost cutting and certain Consumer Product Goods producers being driven to bullying or extreme cost-cutting measures. Today, The Wall […]


Survey of Retail and CPG CEO’s Reflects Today’s Realities of Higher Costs Associated With Online Customer Fulfillment

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A new joint study of senior retail and CPG industry CEO’s conducted by PwC under the sponsorship of JDA Software confirms what many in our supply chain community have believed; the increasing profitability challenges being brought about by the higher costs associated to today’s online customer fulfillment demands.


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