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Manufacturing Still Matters- Well Maybe

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The Detroit Free Press last week featured a well-timed article written by Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, entitled Why Manufacturing Still Matters. Mr. Ford’s current concern is that maintaining manufacturing capability in the U.S. absolutely matters not only in producing jobs and tax revenue, but in fostering innovation and new technology. I could not agree more.  I found this quote to be the most powerful takeaway from the article. “Our home team – America – can no longer take its economic leadership for granted.  Other countries have strategic plans and carefully thought-out growth policies.  We don’t have a plan, and sometimes it seems we don’t have a clue”. Coincidentally, in the backdrop of this week’s financial crisis, the U.S. Congress did pass a $25 billion loan subsidy bailout for the three major U.S. auto companies, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, and several of their suppliers.  This […]


Sickened Children- The China Food Related Problem Gets Worse

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The more I observe the incidents of critical product recalls involving highly sensitive food and drug related supply chains originating from China, the more outraged I, and all of us should become regarding this culture of insensitivity toward human life and widespread suffering.  The recent incidents involving the contamination of the life saving drug heparin, pet food, and now milk safety, show a consistent pattern of initial high visibility and regulatory focus to the targeted contaminated end product, followed by days or months of tracing back to the origins of the raw material supply chain uncovering the real scope and magnitude of the problem.  This has often proved to be too late and too time consuming to protect consumer safety, and masks the real problem, which was further upstream in the origins of the supply chain. The latest tragic incident of contaminated infant formula in China is now playing itself […]


A New Milestone for Supply Chain Matters

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I am very pleased to inform readers that the month of August provided yet another milestone in the overall growth of Supply Chain Matters readership.  Not to bore you with statistics, but in the spirit of “proud father”, there were over were over 5000 views and 1200 unique visitors to this site in August, representing an 85% increase since June.  There are also now over 4300 hits from established bookmarks, doubling the number from June.  I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for your continued interest and participation in this forum. I started this journey of blogging back in mid-February with a two-fold strategy in mind.  First, that this blog could differentiate itself in the broader blogsphere by providing a different slant of advisory information, stimulate debate, and educate readers on what I believe to be the key topics in supply chain management and technology.  The […]


Seven Grand Challenges for Supply Chain Management- Part Three

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This is the third in a series of Supply Chain Matters posts that responds to a challenge among the blogsphere community of supply chain bloggers to offer some thoughts on the seven grand challenges for supply chain management for the next ten to twenty years. The notion of seven challenges was motivated from a recent Gartner research theme that outlines The Seven Great Challenges for IT. In my part one and part two posts on this topic, I outlined what I believe to be the first five grand challenges, namely: -Ubiquity of Portable Computing Leading to Sensory Networks -True Supply Chain Business Intelligence and Decision Making Tools -Managing the Explosion of Data and Information Needs Involved in Global Based Value Chains – Managing Supply Chain Risk Management on a Global Basis – Resolving of Who Assumes Ownership for the Extended Supply Chain? In this post, I will outline my view […]


The Seven Grand Challenges for Supply Chain Management- Part Two

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This is the second in a series of three posts responding to a challenge among our blogsphere community of supply chain bloggers to offer some thoughts on the seven grand challenges for supply chain management for the next ten to twenty years. The notion of seven challenges was motivated from a recent Gartner research theme that outlines The Seven Great Challenges for IT.  In my part one post on this topic, I outlined what I believe to be the first three challenges: – Ubiquity of Portable Computing Leading to Sensory Networks – True Supply Chain Business Intelligence and Decision Making Tools – Managing the Explosion of Data and Information Needs Involved in Global Based Value Chains I also narrowed the timeline of these challenges to the next five years, since I believe that that this is the upper limit of the ability of our organizational communities to articulate a meaningful […]


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