Supply Chain Matters highlights initial expectations and what to expect as the Thanksgiving holiday kickoffs the 2017 holiday peak period for industry supply chains.
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.
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.
General Electric is embarking on a broad corporate restructuring. Supply Chain matters focuses on technology and supply chain challenges for GE Digital and GE Aviation business units as well as the Predix IoT and Industrial Internet enablement platform.
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.
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.
This analyst recently became aware of some rather innovative IoT focused technology, spawned from Oracle’s Startup Cloud Accelerator investment program. The technology from 3DSignals utilizes sounds to predict operational performance.
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.
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.
Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision reported a 39 percent decline in Q3 profitability principally attributed to unplanned idle labor capacity and production timing at its factories designated to produce the tenth anniversary model iPhone.
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.
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.
Supply Chain Matters begins looking at the past year and reviewing each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part One posting provides an assessment of our first two prior predictions.
Tomorrow marks the celebration of the 2017 Singles Day across China. The event itself represents a testing ground for large-scale online retail capabilities that have global-wide implications for global online commerce dominance.
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.