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Pending Transportation Industry Disruption Will Require Industry Supply Chain Management Attention


Looking back at the 2015 holiday fulfillment period, there were two significant supply chain and Omni-channel fulfillment trends that made their presence. These trends will continue to unfold in 2016 and beyond with significant implications for industry supply chains. The first was Amazon, and from a number of dimensions. As noted in our Supply Chain […]

Chipotle’s Consumer Trust Crisis Enters a New Critical Phase


In mid-December, Supply Chain Matters published our commentary: How Events Can Change in a Matter of Months- Time for Chipotle to Openly Demonstrate Resolve. In our posting, we outlined from a supply chain lens the crisis that Chipotle Mexican Grill was involved in after hundreds of consumers were sickened by a series of varying incidents […]

Report That Ford is Planning to Double Production Capacity in Mexico- The Political Dimensions Become More Prominent


In August of 2014, we initially alerted our Supply Chain Matters readers to the growing attractiveness of Mexico as a North America based Manufacturing and export hub for the global automotive industry. At the time, automotive OEM’s BMW, Honda, Kia Motors, Mazda, Volkswagen’s Audi Group, and a partnership among Nissan and Daimler had each announced […]

Triple E Container Vessel Aground Near One of Europe’s Busiest Ports

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Since the arrival of today’s far larger, termed Triple-E ocean container vessels, industry supply chains have been dealing with the overall effects on existing major ports. These past few days, there has been a new twist.  One of the largest container ships, the 13000 foot long vessel Indian Ocean, operated by China Shipping Container Lines […]

The Celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year


This weekend marks the prelude of the Lunar New Year across China and other regions, one of the most important cultural celebrations across China. It is a time when many contemplate building good luck for the year to come and there are many superstitious traditions to insure previous year bad luck does not come forward. […]

Observations on the Rankings for Supply Chain Planning Technology


Industry analyst firm Gartner published its Magic Quadrant Rankings for Supply Chain Planning System of Record applications in mid-January. In this Supply Chain Matters commentary we share some random observations regarding these latest rankings of supply chain planning technology vendors. First, this particular Gartner Magic Quadrant report is later than usual; the last one was […]

IBM Closes its Most Important and Far Reaching Acquisition- The Weather Company


If you have had the opportunity to view this author’s prior conference presentations on future technology trends in supply chain management you might have recalled my references to the technology-enabled data analytics services related to The Weather Company and its implications as to how industry supply chains can literally predict future product demand needs by […]

Is the World Economy Toast? – Perhaps


If you subscribe to our Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and Supply Chain Matters Quarterly Newsletter which is available to our blog readers, you have been likely following our tracking of select global / geographic PMI and supply chain activity indices for the past two years. Our Q4 2015 newsletter update published in January just […]

The Premier Supply Management Conference of the Year is Nearing and a Special Offer


This Supply Chain Matters commentary is directed towards our various strategic sourcing, procurement and product supply management readers.    We wanted to make all of you aware that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will be conducting the Supply Management Conference of the Year, ISM2016, from May 15-18, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indiana […]

A Tour of Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation in Action


According to a 2015 survey of hospital executives commissioned by Cardinal Health, services reimbursement followed closely by the increasingly higher costs of supplies are two of the biggest challenges facing these executives. Financial issues, drug shortages and efficiency of the overall organization follow as major concerns. One can notice a common theme among hospital executives […]

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