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  • After Fifth Round- NAFTA Modernization Talks Remain Contentious

    Trade representatives of Canada, Mexico and the United States completed another five days of NAFTA re-negotiation talks this week which were hosted by Mexico. After this fifth round, the overall mood of these talks remains far less optimistic for a successful overall outcome.

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    Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Four

    Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Four posting provides an assessment of our prediction for global online shopping platform dominance among Alibaba and Amazon, and that business self-interest would fuel continued supply chain sustainability actions and initiatives.

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    Tesla’s Electric Truck- Brilliance or More Challenge and Distraction?

    Last week, Tesla unveiled the design of its long-rumored Class 8 semitrailer truck, representing the latest vision of disrupting conventional transportation. The announcement itself was met with mixed reactions which were mostly centered on the event serving as a distraction to Tesla’s current operational challenges. With a movement into an entirely different market segment, Tesla needs to seriously consider supplementing its operational and supply chain resource depth.

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    Post Dubai Air Show- Industry Euphoria and Building Supply Chain Challenges

    With this week’s conclusion of the Dubai Air Show, commercial aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing touted large numbers of new customer orders for their innovative, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Both industry rivals departed with over 700 provisional orders valued at $75 billion, mostly for single-aisle aircraft. The reality, however, is beyond the sales euphoria, there are many supply chain management challenges that the industry will come to grips with over the coming months and years.

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    Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Three

    Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Three posting provides an assessment of our prediction for continued global transportation industry turbulence and the prediction for a renewed renaissance in business services and technology investment.

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    A Declared Tough U.S. Stance Related to NAFTA Talks

    This week, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross spoke to attendees of The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council indicating that the Trump Administration’s ongoing hardball strategy regarding ongoing North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks comes from perceived leverage over Canada and Mexico.

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    Revisiting Prior 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two

    Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Two posting provides an assessment of our prediction for a supply chain talent perfect storm and the prediction for added product sourcing challenges due to increased anti-trade actions.

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    China’s Singles Day Sets New Online Sales Records and Logistics Milestones

    Supply Chain Matters provides a follow-up to our ongoing blog commentaries related to China’s 2017 Singles Day online shopping event that occurred this weekend. Indications are that this year’s event shattered all previous online sales records and provided added milestones for integrating online and in-store merchandising.

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    Euphoria in Global Supply Chain Activity but Concerning Signposts As-Well

    Reported global production and supply chain activity for October 2017 was rather positive, but at the same time, provides some sign posts and added cautions for the global supply chain management community. Supply chain leaders should hone-in on the important underlying trends which supply chain teams in certain industries and firms are likely already experiencing at this point.

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