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President Trump Disbands Two Business CEO Advisory Councils Including Manufacturing Council

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The latest political firestorm surrounding the Trump presidency involves the aftermath of the rioting and act of domestic terrorism that occurred in Charlottesville Virginia, pitting white supremacists against counter-protesters. The President now indicated that he has decided to disband both the President’s American Manufacturing Council and the President’s Strategy and Policy Forum.


Upcoming Accenture Academy trendTalk- Managing Supply Chains in a Volatile Geopolitical Era

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We advise members of Accenture Academy that Supply Chain Matters Founder and Executive Editor Bob Ferrari will be delivering an upcoming trendTalk web seminar fittingly titled: Managing Supply Chain in a Volatile Geopolitical Era. This exclusive trendTalk is scheduled for September 20 at 10 am Eastern time.


The Beginning of NAFTA Renegotiation Talks- Monitor and Be Prepared

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With the formal start of re-negotiations concerning the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), many industry supply chain teams should be monitoring developments and conducting ongoing analytical analysis and management education. There is a very narrow window for negotiators to come to a broad consensus of agreement.


The Toyota-Mazda U.S. Manufacturing Plant Announcement Must Factor a Changing Industry and Geo-Political Environment

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Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor recently announced joint plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant somewhere in the United States. Beyond the current industry and or politically motivated speculation as to where this plant will be ultimately sourced and built are today’s new realities of major industry supply chain sourcing decisions, including fundamental power-train value-chain differences and an uncertain geo-political environment.


Additional Reaction to the Foxconn U.S. Investment Announcement

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Supply Chain Matters provides a brief update on Foxconn’s formal announcement of a significant investment in a U.S. manufacturing facility. Roughly three weeks since this announcement and there are already differing views and skepticism regarding the viability of this announcement.


Shutting Down Factories- A Concerning Report on Malware Attacks

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A new reminder of malware threats comes from a recent, albeit disturbing, ABC News-Associated Press report indicating attacks have been specifically targeting industry supply chains that predominately are managed by just-in-time (JIT) inventory and production processes.


Supply Chain Matters Q2-2017 Newsletter Has Published

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We alert our Ferrari Consulting and Research Group clients and our Supply Chain Matters readership that our Q2 2017 Newsletter published yesterday and should be in the email inboxes of those who have subscribed.


Additional Perspective on Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition Implications

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Regarding the announcement from Amazon on the online retailer’s intent to acquire Whole Foods, Supply Chain Matters committed to feature a number of follow-up opinion commentaries, both from this blog as well as external sources. We call attention to a report published by Supermarket News that does a great job of uncovering impacts to branded natural foods and organic suppliers that may or may not benefit from Amazon’s subsequent integration strategies.


Added Information Leaks from Apple’s Supply Chain Clarify New iPhone Production Plans

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This week, there is one indication that rumors about a potential product introduction delay for the speculated Apple “iPhone8” model may be unfounded. Then again, we have seen this movie before.


Job Openings and Hiring in the Eurozone and U.S. Mark All-Time Records

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of job openings approached a record 6.3 million at the end of June. Likewise, in both May and in June, the manufacturing sector spanning the Eurozone countries added jobs at the fastest pace recorded in the past 20 years. The predicted supply chain talent perfect storm appears to be prevelant.


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