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Blog Sponsorship Opportunities Currently Available for Supply Chain Matters

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Does your company need broader brand recognition among the global supply chain community? Do you desire to have your brand associated with quality thought leadership and insights as to what is happening across global supply chains? Does your product marketing plans call for broader leveraging of social media based strategies and mechanisms? We would like to remind providers of supply chain related technology and services that there are opportunities for being a named sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters blog.  Blog sponsors appear in our sponsorship panel located on the right-hand side and represent the best in technology and service offerings. Blogs have come to be a very influential source of opinion and thought leadership with this site being among the top ten blogs commenting on global supply chain developments in business process and information technology.  Supply Chain Matters provides global reach with an average of 30 to 40 thousand […]

CSCMP Annual Conference Up Next for Supply Chain Matters

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Next week we will be attending the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) being held in Philadelphia.  This is one of the premiere educational and professional conferences among the supply chain management community and we are looking forward to catching-up with friends and colleagues. If readers are planning on attending, please stop us in the hallways or send us an email. We will be hosting one of the tables at the Roundtable Luncheon on Tuesday, representing the New England Regional Chapter of CSCMP.  Supply Chain Matters will also be blogging some of our impressions and observations from this year’s conference. Bob Ferrari, Executive Editor

Accelerating Dynamics Reshaping High Tech Supply Chain Networks Bring Implications

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The following commentary can also be viewed and commented on the Supply Chain Expert Community web site where Bob Ferrari, the author is a featured guest blogger. Over these past few weeks, Supply Chain Matters and others in social and print media have been providing insights and commentary as to how quickly global supply chain dynamics are changing in value-chain networks involving high tech and consumer electronics.  In particular, we point to the PC and smartphone segment. Changing economic forces and sudden events are precipitating change, and these forces may not be to the  liking of certain existing players.  The implications for the supply chain community is heightened awareness to strategic trends and product sourcing strategies, since high tech and consumer electronics supply networks may well have different landscapes of key players in the months to come. It is now crucially important to keep senior management educated as to the […]

How Are Supply Chains Planning for the Upcoming 2011 Holiday and End-of-Year Volumes?

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In many retail and consumer-focused industry supply chains, the last three months of the calendar year represent the peak point of global supply chain resources as companies position for the end-of-year holiday buying season.  The open question, however, is what to expect this year? This is the period where supply chains are planning,  procuring and positioning inventories for peak holiday buying and promotions in the coming months, and a lot of logistical volumes should be moving from Asia toward key market consumption regions. Then again, most of this year’s growth has come from emerging markets, and the question is whether holiday peak movement reverses, from west to Asia. Traditional financial media has been focused on the executive commentary provided in the recent quarterly operating results from both FedEx and UPS.  Scott Davis, UPS chairmen has been quoted that he expects “slow growth” to continue but does not anticipate another global […]

The Home Improvement Retailer Wars Take on a Slanted Perspective

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Readers of this blog are often aware that one of the features of Supply Chain Matters is to follow certain supply chain transformation efforts involving either manufacturers or retailers.  Our goal has always been to tie existing news and developments with some form of context, whether crisis, transformational or renewal related.  In essence, we enjoy connecting some of the dots for our readers when supply chain business process and technology initiatives make a discernable competitive advantage. An ongoing story involves home improvement retailing, which began with Home Depot and its efforts to overcome supply chain fulfillment capabilities gaps with its prime rival, Lowes. Our initial commentary began in early 2010, Can Home Depot Close Its Supply Chain Gap?, and was followed by a subsequent commentary in September 2010, Home Depot Making Progress in Closing the Supply Chain Gap.  The essence of these ongoing initiatives from Home Depot were an avoidance […]

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