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Bombardier Announces Additional Headcount Reductions


Last week, transportation equipment provider Bombardier announced plans to shed an additional 7,500 jobs, or just over 10 percent of its global workforce, as it focuses on turnaround efforts amid a soft business-jet market and hiccups with its CSeries commercial aircraft program.  This announcement came in the wake of a prior February announcement to reduce […]

Rockwell Collins Announced Acquisition of B/E Aerospace is About Supplier Leverage


This weekend featured some significant news directly focused towards aerospace and commercial aircraft supply chain dynamics. The first is the announced acquisition by Rockwell Collins to acquire B/E Aerospace, and the other was the announcement of another round of significant headcount reductions at Bombardier, which will be highlighted in a subsequent posting.   Rockwell Collins […]

Supplier Suspends Sales of Inventory to Major Retailer


This past August, this author penned a Supply Chain Matters blog commentary: The Newest Phase for Elongated Supplier Payments- More Aggressive Push Back. The essence of that commentary was that with many more multi-industry procurement teams extending supplier payments under the umbrella of working capital savings, suppliers themselves are now more aggressive in pushing back, […]

Global Expansion of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program


In a number of ongoing editorial commentaries Supply Chain Matters has amplified the growing talent gaps that are today impacting multiple industry supply chains. As more baby boomers reach retirement age, supply chain and procurement executives are looking with trepidation at a looming talent gap. The industry needs an influx of fresh faces, especially professionals […]

Wal-Mart, IBM and Tsinghua University Announce Joint Collaboration on Food Safety Tracking Technology


This week, global retailer Wal-Mart along with IBM and Tsinghua University announced a joint effort to improve the tracking and movement of food products across China in an effort to improve overall food safety.  The government of China has identified food authentication and supply chain tracking as a critical concern to quickly find and eliminate […]

Drewry’s Declaration that the Global Shipping Market has Bottomed


This week, noted maritime and shipping industry research firm Drewry Maritime Research declared that the ocean container shipping market has now bottomed out.  The recent ongoing Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy and receivership development is noted as representing the trough of the container shipping market and that a gradual market recovery is now expected. While Supply Chain […]

Breaking Supply Chain News: Blast Occurrence at BASF Ludwigshafen Chemical Production Complex

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Reports indicated that that an explosion has occurred at the massive BASF chemical production complex in Ludwigshafen Germany. Initial indications are that two employees have unfortunately lost their lives and two others are currently missing.  Six people are reported as seriously injured as a result of the explosion which reportedly occurred on a supply line […]

A Non-Traditional Supply Chain and Capacity Planning Automation Effort Underway at Ford Motor


This author had the opportunity to attend the Kinaxis Kinexions customer conference last week. Among the customer presentations there was a rather insightful talk from a supply chain executive at Ford Motor Company. This presentation delivered by David Thomas, Director of Global Capacity Planning at Ford was titled, Creating Global Standards Across Regional Sites, provided […]

Yet Another Airline System-wide Outage- Implications for Supply Chain Backbone Systems Technology Change


Last week, thousands of airline passengers were delayed worldwide after a computer glitch temporarily halted departures at United Airlines, the latest in a series of outages to affect other airlines as well. Last week’s United system glitch was reportedly attributed to the airline’s weight reporting system which calculates and governs an aircraft’s total weight load […]

Contrasts in the Planning for the Upcoming Retail and Online Holiday Surge Period


In the wake of overly optimistic forecasts of retail spending expected in the coming holiday fulfillment surge quarter, key online providers and parcel carriers are indicating their plans for temporary seasonal holiday related hiring.  However, it would seem that each comes with differing business assumptions. On the parcel logistics, transportation and last fulfillment front, UPS […]

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