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Earthquakes in Northern Italy- Supply Chain Matters Update Four

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Supply Chain Matters provides our fourth update concerning the series of strong earthquakes that impacted the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy in late May. Sadly, twenty-three persons lost their lives and an estimated €4 billion euros in damage was incurred by a series of severe earthquakes. In our previous update penned in early June, […]


A Changing Collection of Supply Chain Business Challenges for Ford Motor Company

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The following commentary is the author’s weekly guest blog appearing on the Supply Chain Expert Community web site. Experienced senior executives should know that given today’s more dynamic clock speed of business, the fortunes of any business and the consequent effects on that company’s supply chain can change rather unexpectedly. Thus are the current challenges […]


Separate Boeing 787 Dreamliner Engine Incidents Add Potential Supply Chain Concerns

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Potential supply chain related problems associated with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner production program gained much higher visibility today with the announcement of two separate incidents involving this aircraft’s powered engines, provided by two different engine suppliers. Today’s headline is that Boeing and U.S. safety officials are investigating an incident of an inflight engine failure on […]


UPS Reports Earnings- Confirms Structural Shipping Changes Underway

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In a Supply Chain Matters commentary posted about a month ago, we again pointed to both UPS and FedEx business predictions as good indicators of what we can anticipate in global supply chain activity in the coming months.  Both have staffed themselves with very talented economists and forecasters of business and supply chain activity with […]


Fiscal Third Quarter Results from Apple- What Does it Portend?

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If you are a close follower of Apple, or even if you are not, one cannot avoid this week’s large-scale coverage related to the announcement of the company’s latest fiscal June ending quarterly earnings. The business media bylines are numerous: “Only the second time in 39 quarters the company reported results that missed analyst’s profit […]


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